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Delizie is a modern Italian cafe and deli specializing in local and imported fine foods. Daniel and his wife Veronica own and run this little gem with help from his sister Jo in Sydney, Australia. Every morning they turn out fresh, delectable
meals and greet every customer with a smile making them feel as though they were long-lost family members. They won the coveted prize (which sadly wins them nothing of value other than the prestige of having their name in print on this blog) of the best service I had while visiting Oz. I interviewed Daniel about what it”s like to play double duty as chef/server and this is what he had to say.
Name: Daniel Iannello.
How did Delizie Di Casa come to be? I was working for a food importer supplying to deli’s and cafe’s and I always had a dream to open my own one day. We came across the site at Moore Park Gardens and 6 six years later here we are today.
Which is harder to work with your spouse or a family member? Both – at different times.
If you didn”t run a restaurant, what would you both be doing? Nothing, food is all we know and love.
Favorite place to dine when not at work? Home.
Where did you learn to cook? In my father”s kitchen.
First restaurant jobs: Belmonti’s as a kitchen hand.
Have you ever actually dined at an Outback Steakhouse? Would you say it is a good representation of Australian cuisine? I know it’s very un-Australian of us but no, never dined at an Outback Steakhouse.
Worst part: The long hours.
Chef you most admire? Jamie Oliver.
Biggest pet peeve of a customer is: Rudeness….there’s just no need for it.
Biggest annoyance when being waited on by someone else: No real annoyances…..I guess being in the industry, we’re a little more understanding.
Best meal you”ve ever had? Found a little trattoria in Rome that did the best pappardelle with scampi.
Strangest thing you”ve ever served? Turkish toast lathered with vegemite, avocado, tomato and a fried egg?
The customer is always: Right, until they walk out of the shop.
Excluding myself, have either of you ever waited on a celebrity? If so, which category do they fall under: The Good or The Bad & Ugly? We’ve waited on a couple of C grade local celebs and they’ve been pretty good.
Would you rather cater best prices on brand viagra Muriel”s Wedding or My Big Fat Greek Wedding? Would rather cater My Big Fat Greek Wedding, it’s much closer to home (somewhat like our big fat Italian wedding).