Melbourne will get a taste of New York’s best pizza this winter, with the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival today announcing Di Fara Pizza will visit Australia for the first time as part of the MEL&NYC festival program. A rooftop cocktail session at Melbourne’s Bomba has also been added to the program.
Now on sale, the events are presented by the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival as part of the MEL&NYC festival, which celebrates the strong cultural connections between the two global cities and coincides with MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art.
Di Fara Pizza x Harley & Rose
Domenico Demarco opened Di Fara Pizza in 1965 in Midwood Brooklyn, a traditionally Orthodox Jewish neighbourhood, after emigrating from Italy. The lines are long, the till is cash-only and the pizzeria remains a cult favourite in New York, with each pie of pizza handcrafted by Dom and his children. His daughter, Maggie Demarco Mieles, will be making the trip out to Melbourne to create the Di Fara experience. As part of MEL&NYC, Maggie will collaborate with chefs Josh Murphy and Rory Cowcher at the West Footscray neighbourhood restaurant Harley & Rose.
Ms Demarco Mieles said: “We hear Melburnians are just as passionate about their pizza as New Yorkers, so we’re excited to be teaming up with Harley & Rose and making our pizza in Australia for the first time ever.”
On sale today at mfwf.com.au/melnyc, book your seat for an exclusive Di Fara Sunday lunch. Your Di Fara experience includes snacks, salads, dessert and New York style pizza slices under the watchful eye of Maggie Demarco Mieles…without the sidewalk line up.
Sunday 29 July, lunch from 12 noon, $70 per person for 3 snacks, NYC pizza slices, 2 salads and dessert
The Di Fara pizza experience, Brooklyn style
Taste NYC's best pizza just like the locals. Walk-ins are welcome at Harley & Rose on Saturday 28 July. Grab your slice to go or find a spot on a communal table. Capacity is strictly limited, and this Brooklyn icon will be serving slices for one day only.
Dinner only Friday 27 July, Saturday 28 July from 11:30am until late
New NYC-themed event
Bomba Presents Art in a Glass
On Bomba’s iconic and newly renovated rooftop, spend an afternoon surrounded by skyscrapers as four former Black Pearl legends reunite to pour a range of cocktails encapsulating some of modern art's greats. The team at Bomba will match these tipples with a menu that celebrates Melbourne’s love of tapas.
Sunday 29 July, 1pm, $69 for two cocktails and matching tapas
Other MEL&NYC events
With most selling out quickly, limited tickets are still available for a handful of events.
The New York Classic at San Telmo
Big cars, big hair and, in the Manhattan steakhouses of the 1970s, big beef. San Telmo serves up a big plate of nostalgia with a baked potato on the side for MEL&NYC. Old-school Manhattan cuisine will collide with San Telmo’s bespoke 2.5 metre long parrilla charcoal grill.
Saturday 28 July, lunch, $123 for five courses and a classic NYC champagne cocktail on arrival
Modern Movements at Palermo
Palermo explores four movements of the modern art era - pop art, cubism, surrealism and abstract expressionism – over five courses with a little Argentinian flair. Each course will be a visually stunning and delicious homage to iconic movements of art history.
Wednesday 8 August, 6:30pm, $123 for five courses, a cocktail on arrival and a Fernet & Cola with dessert
NYC, TE AMO at Mamasita
With their first event selling out quickly, Melbourne’s own Mexican masters Mamasita have added a second laid-back lunch inspired by Mexico’s most celebrated artists. Each of the six courses from Mamasita will pay homage to the vibrancy, colour and complexity of the work of artists Rivera, Orozco, Lack, Iturbide, Bravo and Kahlo.
Saturday 11 August, 12 noon, $78 for six courses, $117 for six courses and matched wines or $123 for six courses and matched Agave
Due to unforeseen circumstances, The Four Horsemen's Nick Curtola is no longer able to visit Melbourne during the MEL&NYC festival.
For tickets and more information, visit www.mfwf.com.au/melnyc. This program is part of MEL&NYC, supported by the Victorian Government.
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