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

Now Open: A South-Side Pizzeria Bringing Back Nonna’s Recipes

Written for Broadsheet Andrea De Luca started making pizza in his hometown of Milan at 17. He moved to Australia in 2011 and became pizzaiolo at Zanini in Elwood, owned by Gabriele Rossi and Maurizio Speranza. Now 29, De Luca has teamed up with Rossi and Speranza to open a second Zanini in St Kilda East. “[We… Continue reading Now Open: A South-Side Pizzeria Bringing Back Nonna’s Recipes

An Iconic Melbourne Institution With Roman Roots

Brunetti Carlton For Bar Supervisor Carlo Mellini, working at Brunetti is a family affair. His father, Achille Mellini (a pastry chef) received a job offer from Brunetti in 2000. That’s when the family moved from Rome to Melbourne. “I come from a family of three generations of pastry chefs,” Carlo’s mother Vincenza works there too,… Continue reading An Iconic Melbourne Institution With Roman Roots

A Pizzeria With Vegan and Gluten-Free Friendly Fare

Co-owner Lorenzo Tron has personally visited all of his suppliers nearby and overseas, “so I personally picked all the products that I wanted to use,” he says. It means he knows a thing or two about what he’s serving up, and his passion for the product is transmitted to his customers.   “We attract a… Continue reading A Pizzeria With Vegan and Gluten-Free Friendly Fare

First Look: “Alternative” Pizza and New-Wave Wine by the Founder of DOC

Written for Broadsheet Melbourne It’s 3pm on a rainy Friday afternoon when I step into Italian Artisans. A father and son carpentry team is working out the front crafting circular dining tables. Out back, in the newly renovated dining room, owner Tony Nicolini is entertaining a large group. Nicolini is best known for championing artisan… Continue reading First Look: “Alternative” Pizza and New-Wave Wine by the Founder of DOC

A Very Cosy Woodfired Pizza Bar for Strathmore

Written for Broadsheet Melbourne Manuel Masia grew up on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, Italy, working as a pizza maker for ten years before moving to Australia in 2013. “Love brought him to Australia,” his business partner, Marc Kovacic, teases – just four months after moving, Masia met his now wife. Masia and Kovacic decided… Continue reading A Very Cosy Woodfired Pizza Bar for Strathmore

Now Open: Polished Italian Dining Arrives in Windsor

Written for Broadsheet Melbourne As Andrea Da Como’s (D.O.C., Baby, Builders Arms Hotel) fiancée shopped in Milan, Italy’s fashion capital, he made use of the time by exploring the city’s restaurant scene. It was when Da Como stepped into Dry – a polished pizza and cocktail bar – he came up with the idea for Tipico, the new modern… Continue reading Now Open: Polished Italian Dining Arrives in Windsor

Classe 90 Opens in Keilor East

Written for Broadsheet For Francesco Stella, opening a pizza shop was always part of the game plan. With his family history in pizza, it seemed like the next logical play. Like his Italian heritage, soccer is in his blood. Stella currently plays for Port Melbourne SC. Before that, he was an attacking midfielder for local… Continue reading Classe 90 Opens in Keilor East

Grossi’s Pezzo to Start Free Fridays This Week

Written for Broadsheet Guy Grossi’s Pezzo is launching a new weekly special. Free Fridays begin this week at the Flinders Lane pizza-pocket shop, offering customers a giveaway item with every pezzo purchased, such as free hot chips, ice-cream sandwiches, soft drinks or bomboloni. To kick things off, Pezzo is giving away 100 free pezzi this… Continue reading Grossi’s Pezzo to Start Free Fridays This Week