Table 48 was born from a simple vision to marry traditional and modern food in a relaxed and engaging atmosphere, allowing owner/manager Gus Raschilla the opportunity to showcase his classic Italian influencesand eclectic wine list.
Built in 1859, Table 48 occupies one of the oldest buildings in Ballarat, and originally traded as the Imperial Hotel. When Gus took ownership in 2010, he undertook a full refurbishment and the interior is now stylish, warm and inviting. “Table 48 aims to offer an exceptional casual dining experience to each individual diner through the offering of good quality food and beverages with superior customer service and a reasonably fast turnaround,” he said.
Gus was born in Sicily and is his Italian heritage shines through in every aspect of his restaurant. “Italians believe to truly taste the food, it needs to be shared with family and friends. The kitchen is central to the heart,” Gus said. His passion for food was born from his family traditions of making home-made sausages, salami, tomato sauce (from home grown vegetables and herbs) and wine. Growing up in such an environment, Gus wanted to share his passion for authentic Italian food, which traditionally allows the seasonal produce to shine, by expressing it through his restaurants. Having previously established a number of successful Ballarat restaurants, Table 48 is the pinnacle of Gus’ journey thus far.
Head Chefs, Chris Timmins and Kristy Meadows, follow through on Gus’ passion for quality produce. Naturally, the bistro style menu has a strong Italian influence.
The restaurant’s signature dish, Veal Scaloppini, sits alongside other Italian classics such as the Chicken Parmagiana, and Bruschetta. All ingredients are sourced from reputable suppliers, and 90% of orders are placed with local growers, such as Yendon Tomatoes, Harry Browns Vegetables, Wilson’s Fruit and Vegetables, and locally sourced herbs. Unsurprisingly, the menu is updated regularly to showcase seasonal dishes.
The wine list is as extensive as it is impressive, with many wines coming from local vineyards, such as Mount Beckworth Wines, Wightwick Wines, Warrenmang, Taltarni, Mt Avoca, Tomboy Hill, and others from as far away as France.Gus is an avid supporter of the Ballarat region, and is thrilled to see the area perform well in the food, wine and tourism stakes. “The Ballarat region is now not only recognised as one of Australia’s premier tourism destination, it alsoshowcases award winning restaurants, food producers and wineries of exceptional standards”.
Table 48 delivers on all levels – impeccable service, brilliant food and wine, enjoyed in a welcoming atmosphere.
C G U Commerce Ballarat Business Excellence Awards 2012
Winner for the best restaurant casual dining 2011 – Golden Plate Awards.
W H K Restaurant, Cafes and Pubs Award for 2012