Festival of Nonna

Things to do, Food and drink
Andrew Cibej and his mum, Valerie.
Photograph: Supplied

The real nonnas of the city's top Italian chefs are hosting a week-long food festival on a Redfern rooftop.

Sandhurst's Festival of Nonna is a pop-up rooftop restaurant that's hosting a series of workshops, dinners and lunches from Sat Nov 19 to Sun Nov 27, and much like beloved, home-style cooking - they're surprisingly affordable. You can join Andrew Cibej (121 BCVini, and Berta) and his mother Valerie for one of their five-course lunches or dinners on the garden rooftop. The best part? It'll only cost you fifty bucks and it includes matched wines!

For only $30 Massimo Mele and his mother, Nonna Maria, will teach you how to make veal meatballs wrapped in lemon leaves; home-made ferretti pasta with prawns, tomatoes, garlic and basil; and torta Caprese. Or you can let Luca Ciano and Nonna Geraldine Lubrano guide you through the dark art of gnocchi making and a tiramisu demonstration.

If you're more keen on the volcanic south of Italy, join MatserChef's Sara Oteri and her Nonna Carmela La Pegna for two Sicilian-style lunches where a paltry $30 will buy you the secrets to a proper squid ink pasta, eggplant crostini, blood orange and radicchio salad and cannoli. After your hands on demonstrations, you'll sit down and eat your creations – of course.


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