Empanada Kitchen's Mauro Viale with some of his wares.
Photo by Christina McDonald.
Hungry people passing by Earnslaw Park seem willing to
try new flavours - even octopus - especially when the price is
Empanada Kitchen's Mauro Viale, who recently opened a kiosk
selling empanadas at the park, has been experimenting with
different flavours to fill the pasty-like treats and sauces
to accompany them, as New Zealanders like their sauces.
The Stewart Island octopus empanadas ''went down really
well'' and sold out within the first two hours of being put
in the kiosk's warmer.
''I think the fact it's an affordable price they [customers]
take more risks,'' Mr Viale said.
The business is already attracting return customers looking
for their favourite flavours, including beef, blue cheese and
stout; truffle, mushroom and garlic; and lamb and tapenade.
And more new flavours are always on the horizon.
''I don't want to get bored and I want to get people trying
Mr Viale successfully pitched his business case to the
Queenstown Lakes District Council after it sought a business
to operate from a kiosk on the outside of the new Earnslaw
Park toilet block.
When the council asked for submissions from the public about
whether to grant a lease to the Empanada Kitchen, 57 were
received in support while just four were against.
The food is prepared off-site and the kiosk is separate to
the rest of the building.