Neat Places has a guide for what to do with 12 hours in Oamaru.
It’s not exhaustive but does include Tees Street for breakfast and Cucina for dinner which would be a delightful and delicious way to start and finish your day.
Both are owned by Pablo and Yanina Tacchini who have just opened Del Mar:
Opening the doors to their newest restaurant was a bittersweet moment for Yanina and Pablo Tacchini, who could not have family with them for the special occasion.
Del Mar Eatery and Beach Bar opened to the public this week and was already fully booked for tomorrow night, Mrs Tacchini said.
The couple signed the lease on the former Portside restaurant building in September and have been flat out ever since, with the goal of being open for the summer.
Mrs Tacchini, who is from Argentina, said her parents should have been here for the opening, but because of Covid-19 it was not possible for them to travel to New Zealand. . .
The plan for Del Mar was fast, simple fresh food and gelato that could be enjoyed on the premises or taken down to the beach. . .
We were at a pre-opening function last Monday and will definitely be back – often.
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.
You can read more about Pablo and Yanina in the ODT, and the Oamaru Mail,