Pizza the ac­tion

Pinjarra Murray Times - - NEWS -

WHAT hap­pens when two Aus­tralian cui­sine favourites com­bine? You get chicken parme­san pizza.

The pizza is the brain­child of Sean and Olga Cock­sey, own­ers of Caffe del Mare in Man­durah.

Sean and Olga met in Rus­sia, where Sean was an elec­tri­cal con­struc­tion man­ager and Olga was a lawyer.

When Sean’s visa ran out, they had to re­turn to Aus­tralia and de­cided they both wanted to re­turn to hos­pi­tal­ity. Olga had worked as a barista be­fore law and Sean had trained as a chef.

They em­ployed chef Bruno Baz­zani to de­velop their cafe con­cept and he left them with ad­vice that the cou­ple live by.

“One thing Bruno said stuck in my mind,” Sean said.

“Even when you’re quiet, don’t get down in the dumps; get cre­ative.”

It was a windy win­ter’s day when the cou­ple were try­ing to de­cide on a new dish.

Son Sergi sug­gested putting an Aus­tralian favourite – the chicken parmi – on the menu.

But bor­ing is not the cafe’s style, so they de­cided on a chicken parmi pizza.

The pizza fea­tures lay­ers of chicken, ham, se­cret pizza sauce and cheese on a crisp base.

It’s not just pizza that is mak­ing the cafe pop­u­lar, how­ever; Olga’s Rus­sian menu, served only on Satur­day nights, has ex­pats com­ing from Perth.

The Rus­sian menu fea­tures pelmini, pirozhki and blini.

The new pizza cre­ation from Caffe del Mare.

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