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

Townsville Bulletin - - Savvy -

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

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