BAIA DI VINO
Now open, Baia Di Vino has docked on the shores of Sandringham offering a taste of the Mediterranean to locals and beyond.
A partnership between owners Frank Ciorciari (Riserva, Sette Bello, Cafe Di Stasio, Mercedes McLaren Formula 1), Anthony Silvestre (Kettle Black) and Gian Chiaravalle (Riserva, Arco) the talented team intend to offer old school hospitality akin to that received when dining in the city.
With Sandringham locals very much in mind, Baia has been designed to allow guests to visit for a leisurely lunch, evening aperitif or to settle in for a long night of wining and dining.
Head Chef and Co-Owner Dino Mohsin ( Risvera, Rockpool Bar & Grill) has created a menu that sings of modern day European dining with a nod to the venue’s seaside location. Encompassing small dishes, that give way to larger plates, Mohsin’s commitment to quality and local produce is the foundation of the menu here. Expect choices to include:
- Beetroot ravioli, goats cheese, hazelnut, brown butter, sage
- Fried sardines, fennel cream, orange emulsion
- Snapper crudo, pickled green chilli, pomegranate vinaigrette
- Seared duck breast, butternut pumpkin, nerone rice
- 'Brodetto Di Pesce' - scampi, king prawn, Cloudy Bay clams, Port Arlington mussels, scallops, squid, prawn broth
Carrying as much importance as the food menu comes Baia’s wine list. Split into thirds, the offering features Italian, European and Australian (from both Italian and European grapes) wines all chosen by Sommelier and Co-Owner Vivian Man ( Rockpool Bar & Grill ). Composing of 34 percent Italian wines, Man has implemented a Coravin system allowing those guests that are just stopping by for one glass access to premium pours from the list. With interiors by Samantha Eades Design, inspiration has been drawn from the olive groves of Italy and the warm tones of Amalfi Coast sunsets. The facade features arched timber framed windows that look out towards the ocean and are lined with banquet seating opposite signature Bentwood rattan chairs. With large exposed timber beams lining the ceiling and french washed walls, the main dining room is light and airy, a reflection of the nearby beachscape.
An Elba-marble topped bar sits in front of the timber-framed pass that looks upon the windowed kitchen action and allows for casual style dining. Whilst a more formal private dining room is sectioned away from the main space, seating 12 around an oval table under a dusty terracotta Ay illuminate pendant light. This space is envisioned for intimate group dining, while the entire venue can be activated for larger special functions throughout the entire year. Opening for an evening service Monday and Tuesday and from midday for the rest of the week, Baia is set to claim the hearts of those that call Sandringham home and become a firm local favourite.