The star of Mildura is Stefano’s, the kind of place you dine at one night and love so much you go back again the next. This may have something to do with the restaurant’s beautiful setting in a historic hotel cellar – and Stefano de Pieri’s food. His passion for the Sunraysia region’s produce and his dedication to seasonal cooking have given his northern Italian cuisine a unique flavour. The menu is degustation, with five different courses each night. Among them, you can expect handmade pastas and dishes featuring local beef, pork and lamb. This special culinary experience is so popular you might have to book well ahead.
Quality Hotel Mildura Grand, Seventh St; (03) 5023 0511; open Tues–Sat for dinner