On Sunday 24 March, hundreds of people flocked to the laneway next to Pellegrini’s to celebrate the life of co-owner Sisto Malaspina and what he created with his business partner Nino Pangrazio over the last 40-plus years. The beloved café is a magnet for both tourists and locals, and its particular brand of hospitality embodied by Malaspina and Pangrazio has endured over decades.
Melbourne Food & Wine Festival created Street Party for Sisto with the help of the Malaspina family, City of Melbourne and a handful of Melbourne venues to honour Malaspina after his tragic death in November 2018.
The afternoon party involved a take-over of Crossley Street, with live music, dancing, drinks and, of course, plenty of food. Nearby restaurants collaborated on a menu of Italian favourites, from gnocchi and stuffed olives to espresso and Negronis plus the signature watermelon granita from Pellegrini’s. Malaspina’s family, including his wife Vicky, were joined by members of the hospitality community, Lord Mayor Sally Capp, Food + Wine Victoria CEO Anthea Loucas Bosha and festival-goers who wanted to pay tribute to Pellegrini’s and what it meant to them.
Watermelon granita (Pellegrini's)
Olive ascolane (Becco)
Mortadella panini (The European)
Chilli-flour dusted calamaric (Becco)
Pizza Margherita (Ombra)
Pizza Porchetta (Ombra)
Ricotta gnocchi with braised pork (Bottega)
Maccheroncini alla Norma (Bottega)
Truffle mushroom risoni, peas, mascarpone (Gingerboy)
Drinks by Becco, Gingerboy, Meyers Place, Romeo Lane, Sanpellegrino, Traveller Coffee and Vittoria Coffee