Formerly Project Forty Nine, Rosella is a pasta bar, vinoteca and deli. It's now open for takeaway with deli items, wine, produce and food available Monday to Saturday from 10am. Find the full menu here.
Project 49 is a deli, wine bar and restaurant by Rocco Esposito and his wife, Lisa Pidutti. The couple are based in Beechworth where they run a small cafe – also called Project 49 – and make organic chardonnay under the same name.
A textile piece in various shades of pink – a reference to a country sunset – hangs from the ceiling, and the room is filled with tables and chairs in light wood. It’s warm but contemporary, with floor-to-ceiling windows lining the frontage.
The total capacity of Project 49’s three spaces is around 350. The deli functions as a general store selling pantry goods such as tinned fish; olive oils; jams; biscuits and slices; and perishables such as meat and cheese. It’s also a cafe, open daily for breakfast and lunch. The menu is country Victoria with an Italian streak – think True Blue honey panna cotta with vin cotto for breakfast; and panzanella salad (bread and tomato salad) made with Beechworth tomatoes for lunch.
At the wine bar you can enjoy a glass or buy a bottle; the selection has a focus on north-eastern Victorian wines. There are also wine-tasting events.
The restaurant, while more refined than the deli, it is still Italian-leaning and focuses on north-eastern Victorian produce.