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FROM SICILY TO FITZROY

Let’s all take a step back in time with Mr Ottorino and head chef Matt Tine to a time when many Italian immigrants made the trip to Melbourne in the 50’s and 60’s for a new life and bringing with them the finest in casalinga (home cooked) style food.

It’s now being plated up for you in the funky streets of Fitzroy, even on the family’s own traditional hand painted crockery! Mr Ottorino’s menu brings you the flavours of Southern Italian migrant dishes that co-owners Matt Tine (ex Guy Grossi’s Florentino) and Matt Miceli’s grandparents cooked up during their upbringing. Picture Nonna in the kitchen cooking with love to feed whoever walks through the door. Now add head chef Tine, mixed in with his own modern touch to produce a cuisine that he describes as uniquely Melbourne-Italian.

That’s exactly what Mr Ottorino is! A Melbournian dining gem with a modern-vintage cuisine designed to be shared over and Italian red amongst friends. This can all be enjoyed in a warm, inviting venue with options from the main dining room, three private dining spaces and a courtyard out the back.

Here at Tucker Street we absolutely loved collaborating with Mr Ottorino to bring you their Polo Alla Pizzailoa for you to bring out the Italian in you in your own kitchen.

If you missed out, not to worry because we too look forward to working with Mr Ottorino again so watch this space.

Take a read below to find out more about the man serving up these traditionally tweaked Italian favourites!

WHY OTTORINO?

Mr Ottorino is the name of my grandfather. The name represents the 1950’s and 60’s and the Italian immigrants that came to melbourne to start a new life and with them they brought their food knowledge culture.

WHAT’S YOUR FIRST MEMORY OF COOKING?

Sitting on my grandfather’s workbench at the age of six and watching him make cannoli, biscotti and cakes.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING TO USE IN THE KITCHEN? WHY?

My bonner, its 10 inches long, sharp and never lets me down.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE SOUND IN THE KITCHEN?

The sound of onions and garlic sweating away on a pot.

COFFEE, TEA, KOMBUCHA OR JUST YOUR DRINK OF CHOICE?

Big fan of Amaro Averna after family meal just to settle the stomach.. yum!

WHAT’S ONE FLAVOUR (OR THING) YOU WISH YOU COULD BOTTLE AND TAKE WITH YOU?

Wish i could bottle the smell of coffee, reminds me of family.

LOW AND SLOW OR HOT AND QUICK?

Definitely low and slow, I’m Italian… Were passionate, we like to take our time, this also includes when we are cooking…. 😉

WHO’S YOUR FAVOURITE CHEF? WHY?

My favourite chef other than my Grandfather who is an amazing pastry chef, it is non other than Guy Grossi he is a mentor and a good friend.

MEAL FOR TWO OR MEAL FOR TWENTY?

I like both, nothing like spoiling a loved one over a nice dinner for two followed by some dessert… Or with 20 of your family and friends and being surrounded by people who are important in your life.

YOU HAVE A DINNER PARTY AND CAN INVITE THREE PEOPLE DEAD OR ALIVE – WHO’S ATTENDING?

Marlon Brando the GodFather himself, David bowie he would be fun, and Thierry Henry.. Im an Arsnal fan!

WHAT DO YOU COOK FOR THEM?

Big Plate of pasta make them and 4 bottles of wine.

WHAT IS YOUR FOOD PHILOSOPHY?

You are what you eat, so make is tasty.

IF WE LOOKED IN YOUR FRIDGE RIGHT NOW, WHAT WOULD WE FIND?

Cottalette, last nights pasta con ragu and beer.

WHAT WOULD YOUR LAST SUPPER BE?

Mums lasagne… yummy!!

FAVOURITE MELBOURNE FOOD SPOT?

Definitely Mr ottorinos. well worth a try!!!