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Mel grew up in Byron Bay, and met Sandro when he was visiting his extended family in Mullumbimby. Sandro’s uncle Zio Luciano came to the northern rivers in the 1950s to cut cane and settled in Mullumbimby, even owning the Empire Cafe where he made pizzas. Sandro and Mel have recently moved back to Byron Bay from Brisbane where, although they enjoyed building up their business, they missed a sense of community for themselves and their children, so they have moved back to be close to their families.

Sandro was born in Fermo on the east coast of Italy. Learning the art of pizza-making from the top pizza chefs in the business is a serious undertaking in Italy, and Sandro spent most of his 20s working in and running small pizzerias in his region of Le Marche. After a trip home he was missing Italy and true pizza so he built a wood-fired pizza oven in the yard of his Brisbane home.

How did the business get started?

Mel – ‘We had lots of backyard parties; friends would invite friends. Our invitations of 30 guests always ended up being up to 100. We realised that if we could cater for such fun parties in our yards so could everyone. Sandro spent three years designing and constructing our amazing pizza trailer. He imported a commercial Di Fiore pizza oven from his region in Italy; we have the largest traditional mobile pizza oven in Australia. We cater to functions from 40 to 250+ pizzas and at festivals we make and cook 1,000s.’

Pizza-Volante-resizedimage610337-Sizzing-Pizza-150--1What are your greatest influences?

Mel – ‘Sandro is passionate about traditional Italian cuisine. He follows the true Italian way of fresh tasty ingredients on his thin crispy sourdough bases using real mozzarella and proper tomato sugo. There’s not a piece of pineapple to be seen anywhere near his pizza!

‘We describe ourselves as boutique because of the time and attention to detail that we dedicate to our ingredients and the handmade sourdough bases.’

What areas do you cover?

‘We are mobile for the northern rivers of NSW, Gold Coast to Brisbane for weddings, birthdays, and corporate events, and we also do “pop-up pizzeria” nights at Federal Hall, Jasper Corner, Federal, every second Thursday of the month. Our next one is on Thursday May 8. We will announce pop-up details including the special of the day on our Facebook page (look for the flying pizza logo).’

Pizza-volante-photo-3What’s your most popular dish?

Our signature pizza is the funghi: porcini trifolati with creamy gorgonzola. Porcini trifolati is specific to Sandro’s region: slow-cooked porcini and field mushrooms create an intense flavour, complemented perfectly by Gorgonzola Dolce.

What’s your favourite pizza?

Sandro – ‘The Pancetta: shaved pancetta and fresh rosemary crowned with crispy potato lace.’

What is the most rewarding thing you do?

‘Seeing guests excited by their bespoke pizzas! Seriously, we love seeing people devour our pizzas; hearing the conversations as they anticipate what flavour will be served next; party hosts enjoying time with their guests while we do everything.

‘But the most rewarding is producing 1000s of pizzas at a festival and finding that patrons made the effort to come back and thank us for their amazing pizza.

‘We personally serve the pizzas to your guests rather than putting them on a table for only the enthusiastic eaters. We also care for those with special dietary requirements (we use separate pizza cutters for meat, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free etc to avoid cross contamination).

‘We bring Italy to you!’

PIZZA VOLANTE

0438 118 992
www.pizzavolante.com.au

 


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4 COMMENTS

  1. These people are seriously the best pizza producers in this country, as well as being the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Don’t miss an opportunity to find out for yourselves!

  2. This is such great news for the Northern Rivers. I love the idea of having an authentic pizzeria chef here in Oz, something I’ve been missing since I came to Australia. My first job was in a Pizzeria in my home town in Germany, run by Mario and Angelo who were immigrants from Italy. They made devine pizza and calzone… and yes, Mel, I can relate to what you’re saying about pineapple on pizza. Can’t wait to have a taste of your pizza!

  3. Honestly the best pizza I have ever had – truly authentic and flavoursome! Quality ingredients and The Pancetta: shaved pancetta and fresh rosemary crowned with crispy potato lace.’is to die for.

  4. Seriously, this pizza was a real let down, there are other people doing the same thing in the area, which do it considerably better. They will have to lift their game is they want to survive in the area…good luck!

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