Andrea Bizzarri loves to cook!
And he’s not exaggerating. He was five when he started making tortellini, gnocchi and home-made spaghetti beside his grandmother in the family home in southern Rome. Andrea later graduated from studying Italian cuisine to join the team at Le Cirque in New York - one of New York’s most famed Italian restaurants.
A decision to move to the Southern Hemisphere saw a quick stop in Perth, before the shores of Mission Bay beckoned. In 1998 Andrea bought Positano, already a food lovers destination and changed the name to Ristorante Andrea.
Not content with cooking authentic Italian fare, Andrea developed the idea of ‘Do Your Own Dinner’ - an Italian cooking class with a difference,“I wanted to introduce something new and I thought New Zealander’s are always up for a new experience - maybe they’d like to make their own pasta, tortellini, gnocchi. And they do - so much so we added a dessert to the menu, which shows different techniques of making and decorating a cake. I am constantly amazed at the artistry of the patterns we get on the finished product.”