7th World Pizza Championship Australia!

7th World Pizza Championship Australia!

La Casa Del Formaggio was honoured to be the sole cheese partners for the 7th World Pizza Championship Australia hosted by Pizza Revolution this week! It was such a fun competition where we got to watch some of Australia’s most talented pizza makers battle it out for the coveted prize of joining the world’s elite in the Parma Italy World Comp next year.

Our Managing Director Claude served on the judging panel and was especially looking for a nice even cheese melt with no blistering. 👌🏽

Congratulations to all who participated and well done to the winners (below)!

2018 Winner of the World Pizza Championship Australia
by Le 5 Stagioni: Francesco Palumbo

Gluten Free
Gold: Francesco Palumbo, Antico Rosso
Silver: Michele Circhirillo, 48H

Classica
Gold: Vincenzo Iovino, 400 Gradi
Silver: Michele Circhirillo, 48H

STG
Gold: Mirco Misto, 400 Gradi
Silver: Patrick Pea, Mozza Pizzeria

Dessert
Gold: Stefano Cirene, Verace Pizzeria
Silver: Fabio De Lutiis, Campus Life

 

Famiglia Recipe Book Launch

Famiglia Recipe Book Launch

La Casa Del Formaggio launched their first recipe book “Famiglia” on May 18th at the Barr Smith Library on the University of Adelaide campus. The crowd was made up of staff, friends of the company, and long time customers and retailers who have supported the company for the past 28 years.

The company chose to hold the launch at the Barr Smith Library which is a stunning space filled with history and stories. We gathered to celebrate the story of the Cicchiello family, who migrated from Italy and brought with them several traditions surrounding food, cooking and cheesemaking.

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The event was a fun night that starred food, particularly recipes cooked straight out of the Famiglia Recipe Book including Arancini Balls, Meatballs stuffed with Bocconcini, Rosa’s famous Pizza Piena as prepared by her daughter Marisa, and of course, as many Cannoli as anyone could eat!

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Rosa’s Pizza Piena as prepared by her daughter Marisa

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Hot Arancini Balls, as found in the Famiglia Recipe Book

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Claude Cicchiello, Managing Director of La Casa Del Formaggio, regaled the crowd with stories of food from his childhood and his mum, Rosa’s, legendary cooking. The book was officially launched by Dr. Roberta Ronzitti, Adelaide’s Italian Consul.

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It was a wonderful evening and the Recipe Book was well received.

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Managing Director Claude Cicchiello and his sister, Marisa Salandra

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Bree May, Claude Cicchiello, Vincent Tarzia and Michael Neale

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Gerardo’s 70th Birthday!

Gerardo’s 70th Birthday!

On February 10th, 2015 we celebrated the 70th birthday of our founder Gerardo Cicchiello! A fine Italian celebration was held in his honour, with all of his Italian favourites – pizza, eclairs and chinotto!

We also commissioned a special birthday cake made by How Sweet It Is, a cake maker on Pulteney St in Adelaide. The chocolate 4 layer cake features a miniature icing figurine of Gerry, cutting a large wheel of cheese. This is a tribute to Gerry’s tireless commitment to cutting and grating cheese for our Factory Outlet Shop 6 days a week, without a day off.

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The figurine was modeled after this picture of Gerry – pretty good attention to detail, huh?

Gerry commented that this was a grand celebration for him. Growing up on a dairy farm in Provincia di Benevento with 9 brothers and sisters, they never celebrated birthdays – they would be celebrating all the time, he said! His children, our Managing Director Claude and Shop Manager Marisa, were there to help Gerry celebrate, along with a big group of La Casa Del Formaggio staff including factory workers of 10+ years!

 

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Buon Compleanno Gerardo!

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