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October 29, 2014 Food & Beverage No Comments Email Email

Following the success of Osteria Balla at The Star, Australia’s Godfather of Italian cuisine, Stefano Manfredi and restaurateur, Julie Manfredi Hughes are adding to the enviable line-up of world class cuisine at The Star Sydney with the opening of their Italianate pizzeria and bar, Pizzaperta on 20 November.

Coming to Australia for the launch is one of Italy’s most respected pizzaioli and good friend of Stefano, Antonio Pappalardo. Originally from Naples, Pappalardo will share his expertise and understanding of the imported flours that Manfredi and Pizzaperta’s head chef, fellow Neapolitan pizzaiolo, Gianluca Donzelli, will use.

Pizzaperta will follow the craftsmanship of traditional pizza and quality produce that Manfredi champions, using only artisan and unrefined, stoneground Molino Quaglia ‘Petra’ flours, imported from Italy for the very first time to Australia.  Manfredi will introduce to Australia a fermentation process that is natural and longer than normal, using a classic biga method, resulting in a more easily digested dough.

This passion project by the award-winning chef sees an open-air piazza style Italianate pizzeria and bar, offering the emerging ‘new wave’ trends of the humble Italian street food. Italian-infused cocktails and a unique wine list will draw city-dwellers and beyond to Pizzaperta for either lunch or dinner.

Stefano Manfredi says, “Our work is to achieve one goal – to make pizza with the flavour of the grain, a texture that’s soft and airy, easily digested and a balance of flavours from the quality of our ingredients.”

Architect Vince Squillace, also of Italian heritage, imagined and executed the design of Pizzaperta working closely with the client, injecting the classic Italianate features and reclaimed factory feel. Carrara marble bench tops, raw steel, custom designed lights, paint-peeled brickwork and Corten Steel panels are riveted together to complement the centerpiece of the pizzeria’s design – the Stefano Ferrara M130 handcrafted wood-burning oven direct from Naples.

Julie Manfredi Hughes says, “It has been a delight to collaborate with The Star and architect Vince Squillace on this project   in realising Stefano’s dream to open an Italian pizzeria.”

Greg Hawkins, Managing Director of The Star Sydney says, “We are delighted that Manfredi is adding a new dimension to modern Italian cuisine at The Star. Being on the waterfront entrance, Pizzaperta will be the convivial casual bar and dining venue just in time for summer.”

With pizza in his DNA, Head Chef Gianluca Donzelli will share his home town traditions and expertise acquired at two-Michelin-star Restaurant Don Alfonso near Sorrento. Donzelli placed fourth at the International Pizza Competition in Naples in 2013 and has since been appointed the official ambassador for Neapolitan Pizza in Australia.

Together, Donzelli and Manfredi have curated a menu of classics and new wave including margherita, marinara and hot calabrese – using the best local and imported ingredients such as mozzarella fior di latte and bufala, and traditional ‘Nduja. Extra virgin olive oil will be used exclusively for all preparations. Salads, local and imported salumi and desserts will also feature on the menu.

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