As well as offering lunch, dinner, coffee and cake, Matteo runs a cooking school at Casa Carboni where he teaches participants how to prepare regional Italian dishes using the very best Barossa produce.
The Casa Carboni 'wine list' comprises a substantial collection of empty bottles, mostly from European wine regions, with a price written on each. I found it informative to read wine details on labels to help me decide.
Did I mention Casa Carboni offers a limited menu? Actually, I saw no menu at all. Matteo bases his dishes on the freshest and most flavoursome ingredients he is able to source each day. My pasta meal was a testament to the theory that a menu should be based on the best produce available at the time.
That day my pasta was served with earthy porcini mushrooms and a pesto-style sauce made with fresh parsley, local, extra virgin olive oil and a generous amount of fragrant garlic. Buonissimo.
Casa Carboni stocks artisan-made Italian and Australian pantry goods and homewares including chocolate, linen, knives and mouth-blown, handcrafted wine glasses from Slovenia. I bought two glasses to enhance my enjoyment of Barossa Valley wine purchases.