Orso and Villetta Porcini with Andre Ursini

Mylor in the Adelaide Hills is well known for its small village charm, but what you may not know is a well-known chef has based himself here, and is cultivating a whole new offering.

Andre Ursini has been busy developing a large culinary kitchen garden.

“My nonno (my grandfather) always had a little garden at the back of his house and so I was always brought up with great tasting produce that was grown in the yard, so I knew the value of it.”

And it’s that philosophy at the heart of his latest passion project. Based on his Mylor property and launching in spring 2019, Villetta Porcini is a picture-perfect setting for an intimate and exclusive food and wine experience.

The name comes from the surrounds’ abundant supply of mushrooms and the five-course menu will feature all the yummy produce from the property. This master chef says it will be like dining in his own backyard.

“By the end of the experience, the customer and I will be friends. And that doesn’t always happen in restaurants and service, so I’m really looking forward to it.”

Back down the hill on Kensington Road is Ursini’s second restaurant, Orso. Extremely well received since its opening late last year, it showcases some of the varietal flavoursome fares from Mylor. Attached to Orso is Ursini’s licensed delicatessen Willmott’s – which also features pickled Mylor produce.

To sample Andre’s produce yourself, register your name by emailing vporcini@lunelli.com.au for what promises to be a very special dining experience at Villetta Porcini or check out Orso and Willmott’s in Rose Park. Whichever one you choose – we’re certain it will be delicious!