Iconic Italian Restauraters Celebrate 30 Years

Iconic Italian Restauraters Celebrate 30 Years

by Espresso di Manfredi

This November Stefano Manfredi and Julie Manfredi-Hughes will celebrate 30 years of service to the Australian food industry. For three decades Manfredi has been instrumental in defining Sydney dining, introducing regional Italian cuisine and wines in Australia, pioneering innovative restaurant design, breeding a new generation of leading chefs and creating awareness around sustainable produce.

To celebrate this milestone Manfredi will be showcasing highlight dishes of their 30 year legacy at Osteria Balla, The Star and at Manfredi at Bells, throughout the month of November. The month long celebration will commence with a 30th birthday tribute dinner at Balla on Thursday 31 October with a degustation menu of signature dishes from the past three decades. Stefano’s mother Franca, well known to Sydneysiders for her dishes at Restaurant Manfredi and Bel Mondo, has been asked to come out of retirement and join the Balla team in the kitchen for this special occasion. Bells at Killcare will also host an exclusive package to celebrate the milestone, including lunch and a signed copy of Stefano’s soon to be released new book.

The Manfredis opened their first iconic Sydney restaurant The Restaurant Manfredi in Ultimo in 1983. The restaurant was a fresh statement of modern simplicity, offering evolving seasonal produce through elegant dishes. The Restaurant was also pioneering the new wave Italian wines and saw many Italian protagonists dining there including winemakers Angelo Gaja and Piero Antinori as well as Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini.

After 13 years The Restaurant Manfredi closed its doors and Bel Mondo was opened, ushering in a new era of Australian dining in the heart of Sydney’s Rocks district setting a new benchmark for grand restaurants. With Stefano’s commitment to the best produce, Franca’s traditional technique and Julie’s eye for concept and design, a formidable force was at the helm in both the kitchen and the dining room.

From its inception Manfredi restaurants have been at the pinnacle of Sydney’s food culture with both the cuisine and the design of their restaurants placing them among the handful of innovators in the burgeoning Australian culinary scene. At present, Manfredi Enterprises is best known for the quintessentially Italian Osteria Balla at The Star, Manfredi at Bells and Espresso di Manfredi. Stefano will also release his fifth cookbook titled Stefano Manfredi’s Italian Food, in November this year.


Where: The Star, Level G Harbourside, 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont, NSW 2009
Cost: $160 – Beverages included: with matching Italian wines
When: October 31; 07:00pm – 10:30pm
Phone: 1800 700 700