Cucina Povera: the inspiration behind Stefano’s
Cucina Povera is a term that derives much of its essential meaning from the Italian art movement of the 1960s titled arte povera.
It refers to the use of simple everyday objects from a working life to make compelling art.
Using fresh ingredients in season to prepare simple, but flavoursome dishes is also a thousand-year old, quintessentially Italian art.
“I stumbled into cooking perchance relying on memory and instinct to create the food I serve.
The conventional belief is that the use of ‘poor’ ingredients to prepare delicious dishes can constitute a money-saving exercise.
On the contrary, the practice of ‘cucina povera’ is essentially an intense labour of love requiring time, patience, creativity and commitment to the freshness
and integrity of the produce. I am not interested in excess or in the use of any ingredient superfluous to achieving full flavour through the simplest means.”
Stefano de Pieri
Italian style set menu
4 courses $110 per person*
with wine pairing $175*
*$30 per person surcharge on public holidays