Family ties brings Italian chef to popular Ocean Street trattoria

Liliana Kain and her pizza making cousin from Italy Giuseppe Ciotti

Ocean Street’s popular trattoria Liliana’s has added another layer of authenticity to the business with the cousin of part owner Liliana Kain visiting from Italy to provide his expertise pizza making skills to the already impressive food offer.

Giuseppe Ciotti is based in San Benedetto in the seaside region of Marche in Italy and for the past 34 years he has dedicated himself to perfecting the pizza making craft.

“In Italy pizza making is a trade, we have to serve an apprenticeship and when it is completed we are given the title of ‘pizzaiolo’ which is quite a prestigious and revered term in the Italian food scene.

“The first thing Liliana did when she decided to start up her own restaurant was to come and see me in Italy where she and her chef learnt first-hand some of the tricks and techniques to make authentic pizzas.

“I’ve now been making pizzas for 34 years including 24 as the owner/operator of my own establishment Pizzeria Degli Angeli in my home town. It’s great to be able to share this knowledge with the team at Liliana’s and the real winner will be our customers.

“I am now committed to taking regular trips back here to ensure Liliana’s pizzas are at the cutting edge of flavours while keeping their traditional form,” Giuseppe said.

Owner Scott Hoskins said Giuseppe’s experience would not only help perfect their pizza offer but also enable the business to expand to other parts of the Coast and beyond.

“Giuseppe’s skills and knowledge are invaluable as we explore more opportunities outside Ocean Street. We are keen for him to spend more time here on the Sunshine Coast to work with our team so there will be regular annual trips but we also want to be able to send our cooks to Italy so they can immerse themselves in the full Italian cultural experience.

“We pride ourselves on providing our customers with an affordable and authentic dining experience and that’s reinforced with Giuseppe’s cooking which has a strong focus on simplicity where fresh flavours and quality ingredients are paramount,” Scott said.

Liliana’s is located at Shop 2/1-5 Ocean St, Maroochydore. For more information visit www.lilianas.com.au

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