The flavours of the Mediterranean complemented by some of WA's best wines have started luring foodies to a weekend getaway at Rottnest Island.
Rottnest Lodge - now part of Karma Royal Group's Chakra Resort portfolio - launched its new restaurant, Riva, recently with a menu created by the former co-owner of popular Claremont establishment Pronto, Luciano Ottaviano.
Ottaviano, who spent more than 10 years at Pronto, has taken on the role of senior food and beverage manager for Karma, overseeing the group's resort restaurants.
Karma chief executive John Spence was a fan of Pronto and encouraged his new food chief to include the Claremont restaurant's signature dishes on Riva's menu.
Some of those dishes were inspired by recipes handed down to Ottaviano from his Nonna Laura.
The recent launch featured a six-course Italian food degustation with wine pairing from Flametree Wines in the South West.
Highlights of the meal were the melt-in-your-mouth seared scallops, garlic chilli prawns and roast lamb rack with the most divine field mushroom topped with parmesan.
The long-table style meal means diners get a chance to chat to fellow foodies, which adds to the fun.
A series of "wine experience" dinners will continue to be held at Rottnest during winter, including the next event to be paired with Leeuwin Estate wines on September 22. The Leeuwin dinner will feature fresh produce from Margaret River.
The Howard Park Wines dinner on October 27 will include produce from Augusta, while the Domaine A dinner on November 7 will be complemented by Tasmanian produce.
Among the changes to the Lodge's food and beverage options is Riva's wood-fired pizza oven, which is expected to be up and running in two months.
For details visit rottnestlodge.com.au.The writer was a guest of Karma.
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