Pizza the action
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.