Paradise: pizzas and cake
A PASSION for authentic Italian and a natural talent for creating artistic cakes has led one father and daughter to open their own businesses next door to each other.
The Petris family moved to Port Douglas from Adelaide after visiting the region regularly and falling in love with the destination and locals.
Carlito’s Pizza House opened for the first time yesterday along with Rochelle Petris’ new shop Sweetly Sliced.
‘‘I used to work from home in Adelaide and always dreamed of owning a shop,’’ Rochelle said.
‘‘I did a few courses in Adelaide but am also self-taught.
‘‘I specialise in custom cakes, weddings in particular but also any special occasion request and I also sell coffee and cakes in the shop, with a sweets station as well, including candy bars and lollies.
‘‘Specialist cakes is my thing, I put a lot of love and care into putting cakes together and classify it as an art.
‘‘I can also cater for people who are budget-conscious.’’
There are already Carnivale special cupcakes in store and with four wedding cake orders already in, Rochelle advised people to book early for their special occasion.
Meanwhile next door, Carlos Petris has been busy preparing authentic Italian cuisine, from pizzas, to homemade pastas, stuffed capsicums, lasagne, panini, meatballs and also Greek-style marinated lamb and chicken on the spit - for toppings on his gourmet pizzas.
‘‘My family has years of experience with food, although my background is in construction with a degree in economics and engineering,’’ he said.
‘‘Because of my Italian background, growing up in South Australia, we made our own sausages, our own olive oil, we picked our own olives and zucchini.
‘‘Our dough recipe is handed down from relatives in Sicily and you can’t get it anywhere else, it’s a secret - we used infused oils, such as truffle oil on our gourmet pizzas and will do specials.’’
There will be a crossover between the two stores such as original pizza pockets similar to calzone for breakfast, designed, patented and only found in Port Douglas.
‘‘We will be open from 6.30am with a meal deal for tradies to get a a pizza pocket, cake and coffee,’’ Carlo said.
‘‘We are all about good home-cooked meals, there’s nothing restaurante about us and it’s ‘Delicious Mamma’.’’
At night, sweets from Sweetly Sliced will be available at Carlito’s Pizza House. The two businesses can be found on Davidson St.
READY TO GO: new business owners Rochelle and Carlo Petris