Montalto Piazza and Garden Cafe

Some basic principles guided the recent redevelopment of the new Piazza Cafe here at Montalto.

First, we wanted to provide food and drink that not only tastes good, but is nourishing and wholesome – the type of food we can feel good about giving our kids.

We also wanted to showcase the produce grown here on the estate.  So wherever possible it’s what’s harvested just a few steps from the kitchen that’s served up.

And we wanted to do all this in the most sustainable way possible.

Perhaps the best example of how we’ve done this is the new soft drinks and juices we’re serving.

The syrups for the soft drinks and the juices are made onsite using the garden fruit and flowers.

We’ve invested in our own chilling and carbonating equipment, allowing us to mix all our soft drinks without the preservatives or added colours you’ll find in commercial varieties.

And with these changes we’ve avoided using huge volumes of packaging and glass.

It’s hard to know exactly how much, but by our calculations we just eliminated about 2000 kilograms of glass waste over the busiest month of summer.

We think that’s something we can be proud of.