tried and tasted
Zolli’s fans will be delighted to hear that a change of ownership hasn’t meant a change of their menu. by lendl ryan
Zolli’s may have changed owners but the changes stop there. New owners Shawn Anderson, of Rhino bar and Tilly’s, and Peter Pellegrini took over the reins of the famed Italian/Sicilian restaurant early this month.
But the pair swear the Flinders St eatery won’t change in the slightest.
Mr Anderson said the idea was ‘don’t fix what isn’t broken’.
‘‘We’ve taken over the ownership, but we are going to keep Zolli’s running exactly the same,’’ he said.
‘‘We won’t be changing anything except for a few light bulbs that haven’t worked.
‘‘Other than that the menu, the atmosphere and the history of Zolli’s won’t change at all.
‘‘The people don’t come here for what Zolli’s looks like because it’s not the most expensive looking restaurant in Townsville.
‘‘People come here for the atmosphere, the food and the customer service and we are going to continue to keep it that way.’’
And for those who think the departure of owners and chef Biagio and Sarah Biuso means a change to the authentic and quality of Italian/ Sicilian food customers have come to expect, Mr Anderson says think again.
The new chef, Kelvin Hanlon has three years’ experience at Zolli’s working under Biagio.
‘‘The most unique thing about the restaurant is the Sicilian flavoured food,’’ Mr Anderson said.
‘‘Biagio was a Sicilian/Italian man himself and he’s left and there are only certain people who can cook that certain type of food.
‘‘We have a chef who used to work under Biagio for three years and can do exactly that.
‘‘Kelvin trained under Biagio and was with him for three years and he is just brilliant at the menu and he’s doing a wonderful job.
‘‘But it’s his reins now, it’s his kitchen so he’s in charge, he’s responsible and he’s doing a wonderful job and he’s very passionate about what he’s doing, so it makes my job a lot easier.’’
Zolli’s chef Kelvin Hanlon with Peter Pellegrini, Amaya SuarezDiez and Shawn Andersen