Ocello Cheese Specialists



Most savoury-loving foodies delight in variety, and for those departing the familiar zone of the fridge cheddar, one word: Ocello. This charming cheese shop, cafe and wine bar aims to de-mystify cheese and match your tastes with some of over 200 in its reserves. A bit ambitious you say? Meet any of the staff and you will forever change your mind.

Award winning Ocello is a family business three blocks from Oxford Street, which also hosts various cheese and wine functions. Walk in and you are greeted with a European country-style setting, with smart cabinet rows of the finest produce and their accompanying condiments. The international cheese selection is simply impressive – and after sampling, you won’t care if a sheep, goat or cow is partly to credit for the experience. Pop in at various times of the year and you can always taste something new, with prime seasonal platters to enjoy alone or with friends.

For newcomers, owners Carmelo and Sogna Ocello recommend visiting the online store to view a handful of the most popular cheese varieties. These range from the much loved Dolcelatte (an Italian blue veined soft cheese); to Brillat Savarin with truffle (a French triple cream); plus hard and mixed milk varieties. Feeling adventurous? Why not dive into the world of Washed Rind – a European “stinky” cheese cured in brine. But before you judge, remember all palates are unique, so don’t always take your friends’ final word.

Ocello also caters for those with specific dietary requirements with lactose-free, vegetarian varieties and stocks great cheese accompaniments including fresh bread, crisp breads, mustard fruits, jams and premium cured hams.

Patrons can also make for a memorable Sunday by booking an Exclusive Cheese Experience – combining an informative tour and a tasting. Bi-monthly themed Cheese and Wine Nights are also ideal to meet like-minded connoisseurs and sample according to preferred patriotisms. Make sure you book in for the next exciting event.

For an intimate cafe where patrons can indulge in a sumptuous wine and cheese experience, look no further than this Surry Hills gem.

Where: Shop 16, 425 Bourke Street, Surry Hills
When: Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 6pm
Contact: ocello.com.au | 9357 7878

 

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