Is there any small town more blessed by culinary delights than Oamaru?
Award-winning Riverstone Kitchen is a few kilometres north and the wonderful Fleurs Place a few kilometres south. Then there’s Portside on the harbour beside the Little Blue Penguin Colony and in the centre of town, at the entrance to the historic precinct, is Cucina.
It’s owned by Beef + Lamb NZ ambassador chef, and multi Beef + Lamb excellence award winning chef Pablo Tacchini and his wife, Yanina Tacchini.
The restaurant features fresh, local produce.
Given they are Argentinean, the delicious meat they serve is no surprise but the Cucina menu also features fish, house-made pasta and vegetables.
Cucina is one of Oamaru’s gems and Pablo and Yanina make it sparkle.
If you are passing through town before Cucina opens in the early evening, Tees Street Cafe is open from early morning to late afternoon.
It is owned by Pablo and Yanina too and shares staff and the kitchen with Cucina.