Now Open: Oster, a Modern Take on a Traditional Northern Italian Osteria

Written for Broadsheet Pasta is my thing. I’ve been shovelling it down by the bucketload since I was a kid. I’ve sat in my nonna’s kitchen for hours perfecting the gnocchi roll and churning out sheets of lasagne on her manual machine. A part-time job at a deli taught me about the different shapes –… Continue reading Now Open: Oster, a Modern Take on a Traditional Northern Italian Osteria

First Look: The Grand Richmond’s Cheeky, Playful Sibling Piccolo Grand Moves In

Written for Broadsheet Responsible. Reliable. Always winning hearts. The traits of the eldest child mirror those of one of Melbourne’s classic pubs, The Grand Richmond. After closing for renovations earlier this year, the corner site – known for its cosy private dining room and elevated Italian cuisine – has reopened. And now it’s got a… Continue reading First Look: The Grand Richmond’s Cheeky, Playful Sibling Piccolo Grand Moves In

Now Open: A Neighbourhood Pizzeria Inspired by the Caves of Southern Italy

Written for Broadsheet Sunlight floods the front bar of Il Caminetto, drenching the imported Italian terrazzo-tiled bar and woodfire oven with light. But follow the trail of bentwood chairs and dark wooden tables to the dining room beyond and the contrast is dramatic. The darkened space is lit by a couple of timber-framed windows, a… Continue reading Now Open: A Neighbourhood Pizzeria Inspired by the Caves of Southern Italy

A Tiny Armadale Trattoria Reimagined

Written for Broadsheet Slow-cooked beef ragu begins simmering over the stove every morning at Zia Rina’s. As I walk in, the lingering smell brings up the nostalgia of a Sunday visit to nonna’s. The ragu recipe belongs to co-owner and ex-Neptune head chef Danny Natoli’s nonno (grandfather), but the real hero of the tiny trattoria is his zia (aunt) Rina,… Continue reading A Tiny Armadale Trattoria Reimagined

A Deli and Grocery Store Bursting With Produce

Growing up in his father’s delicatessen in Lalor, Danny Stavropoulos has been involved in the industry from a young age. “I started working with dad, [he’s] been in the industry for over 40 years,” Stavropoulos says. “I started working with dad, [he’s] been in the industry for over 40 years,” Stavropoulos says. Ten years ago,… Continue reading A Deli and Grocery Store Bursting With Produce

A Welcoming, Family Run Trattoria in the City

Written for Broadsheet Melbourne Stepping into Pentolina, the family influence is immediately clear. “I realised it’s not something that one man can achieve on his own. It needs to be a full family effort,” says co-owner Julia Picone. In the kitchen, Julia’s husband and business partner Matt Picone uses a pentolina(little saucepan) to mix sauce into… Continue reading A Welcoming, Family Run Trattoria in the City