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FREE There’s life in the Inner West! Issue 239 | August 1 2014 Salami wars Road testing local delis WIN! Palo Alto And so it goes Priscilla’s 20th Anniversary Movie tix: le, Distributed in Leichhardt, Annanda , town Petersham, Stanmore, New Balmain, Drummoyne, Haberfield, Rozelle, Five Dock, Concord, & Summer Hill is taking over the Inner West! See Andrea Bocelli sing live Sizzle at ferragosto Five Dock’s favourite street fair Buon Gusto An exciting street festival celebrating Italian culture! available at the corner of Great North Rd and Ramsay Rd. Show us your helmet at the Eco-Hub for a chance to Free bike parking win a $100 bike shop voucher! Presented by: For more information call 9911 6555 or visit: Proudly sponsored by: Canterbury BMW Driving Strong Relationships


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Inner West whispers Local gossip, rumour, hearsay and unsubstantiated fact... The Italian Forum debacle, a measles scare, Stanmore Maccas to deliver l Debate over the future of the Italian Forum WE ARE C!AO Satire for the soul Latte Leftie tackles the vexed issue of peripatetic progressives boasting about living in the world’s most obnoxious superpower. Dear LL – I’m a high-achieving (dare I say world-class?) professional of the Inner West provenance who now spends a lot of time in New York for work. This is all to the good apart from one thorny issue it throws up: how do I highlight the fact that I’m talented enough to relocate to the Big Apple while maintaining my progressive credibility? Every time I start reminiscing about afternoons spent browsing books in Greenwich Village, some prolier-than-thou provincial pipes up with a comment about bookstore workers in the US only getting paid $1.50 an hour and having to work 18-hour shifts without even a toilet break. Jeff, Brooklyn LL replies: First off, it’s your duty as an expat to turn every conversational opening into an opportunity to humbly brag – or just straight out brag – about your fabulous life. If a family member asks if you want some tea, you launch into an anecdote about sitting near Salman Rushdie at the Russian Tea Room; if a friend mentions visiting the Hunter Valley, you trump her with your account of summering in the Hamptons and so on. Now a Conservative government is back in power you can strike the pose of being an émigré dissident and expound on how you can’t possibly return to your beloved homeland given your small-minded countrymen have seen fit to install a carbon-tax-axing, boatpeoplerefouling, right-wing maniac. If you’re still being harassed by some snarky loser at this point, express your horror at racism/wealth, inequality/belligerent foreign policy of America while pointing out you always make sure to tip the minimum wage staff you come in contact with generously, are friends with at least one AfricanAmerican and plan to vote for Hillary Clinton if you get dual citizenship before the 2016 election. n Email your dilemma to ADVERTISING Sonya Madden Cultural Centre has heated up over the last couple of weeks as stakeholders take aim at Mayor of Leichhardt Darcy Byrne. The centre has long been plagued with indecision, underfunding and lack of vision. The current debacle involves two expressions of interest, one from Co.As.It and one from the Actors Centre Australia. The centre is in administration and is being managed by SV Partners, who have, according to Leichhardt Council, taken way too long to make a decision on the sale. The matter is currently before the courts. Library, Leichhardt MarketPlace and Norton Plaza have parents on edge. An article in another publication cited that a person infected with measles had frequented these places a number of times and that parents should look out for sore eyes, a rash and fever. A scare campaign that damages business or responsible reporting? l There are whispers that Subway Five Dock is soon to be replaced by a café/restaurant. Part of the grass area in front of the property will also see some new outdoor seating to enhance Five Dock’s alfresco feel. JOURNALIST Max Kobras l The new owners at Il Gelatiere on Norton Street are enthused enough to bandy around phrases like “Italian community” and “revitalisation.” Sounds like they are on a quest to bring Italians back to Leichhardt. to start a new home delivery service. That’s right, you can now get a heart attack delivered right to your door! The Gumtree ad seeking delivery drivers is no longer open for people to apply, but it specified that applicants needed to drive within a small radius around the store and must have a “friendly personality.” FOOD Melissa Leong l Reports of measles outbreaks at Leichhardt l Word is Stanmore McDonalds is planning WINE Winsor Dobbin history This photo, dated back to circa 1890, depicts James Smith’s Furrier and Tannery. Smith, pictured on the far right, was the last owner of the Marionette Estate in Tempe and a taxidermist by trade. While there is plenty of indigenous fauna here, specifically the stuffed kangaroo, emu, crocodile and koalas, there are also more exotic displays such as the garish tiger skin and the great albatross. Regardless of your stance on the morals of this practice, it certainly is a fascinating sight to behold. n Promotion ART DIRECTOR Eleanor Wales EDITORIAL Nancy Merlo n Photo courtesy of Marrickville Council THE BUILDING EXPERT Sydney Building Renovations is a ‘one-stop-shop’ Building Company with over 20 years experience in all facets of building. Whether you’re dealing with a bathroom and kitchen renovations, extensions and additions, crack repairs and sub-floor ventilation, termite experts, damp buildings and structural work, design and construction, or pre-purchase/sale pest and building inspections and reports expert witness reports – Sydney Building Renovatations can help! Joseph Alexander Ovidi of Sydney Building Renovations is a qualified licensed builder and accredited building inspector/consultant. Safety is his number one priority when electricity involved. He shares why you need a licensed sparkie for electrical work, no matter how minor the job is. Apart from changing light bulbs, DIYers cannot really do much as far as electrical work is concerned. NSW Fair Trading insists: “An electrical licence is required before any electrical wiring work can be undertaken in NSW, regardless of the cost of the work and regardless of whether the work is residential, commercial or industrial.” There are laws and regulations that must be adhered to before attempting any electrical work. These laws are designed to ensure safety as the number one priority, at home or the workplace, to protect people and property from harmful effects. While there are a myriad of electrical goodies ready for purchase at your local hardware, do not be tempted to do it yourself as there is a real danger of a major accident or death. Even if you get the job done, there’s no guarantee that it has been done correctly. It could cause a bigger problem down the track, like fire. There are fines and penalties and even imprisonment if illegal work results in injury and death. Not only that, no insurance company will pay up if there’s evidence of illegal electrical work. Safety first when it comes to electrical PUBLISHING Sonia Komaravalli Contributors: Jared Ingersoll, Louise Jaques and Nigel Bowen Illustrations: Paden Hunter Ciao loves you, and our photographers only supply photos for publication with consent. We try and make you look your best. No responsibility is accepted by Ciao Magazine for the accuracy of advertisements or information. We welcome unsolicited editorial and pictorial contributions. The opinions expressed in Ciao Magazine are those of contributors, indemnifying the publisher from inaccuracy or consequences arising from its reproduction. © All rights reserved. No material is to be reproduced without written permission of the publisher. Ciao Magazine is a free publication. Distribution, advertising & editorial enquiries 460A Parramatta Road, Petersham 2049 (02) 9518 3696 0402 202 951 – Sonya 0405 509 805 – Sonia Ciao is locally owned and produced. Please recycle Printed by Spot Press, Marrickville Cover: Gus from Five Dock Meat Market and Mayor Angelo Tsirekas light the barbecue for a Ferragosto sausage sizzle, buon appetito! Photo by Ben Cregan. Sydney builder, Joseph Ovidi JP There’s nothing fishy about Crystal Palace Things we love: Crystal Palace Aquarium. This place has long been a fixture in Five Dock and it’s certainly one of the brightest shopfronts in the area. Trading since 1947, it’s Australia’s oldest established Aquarium and has everything that aquarium enthusiasts could want, whether you’re a beginner or an “extreme hobbyist” (yes, fish loving extremists are a thing). C!ao’s voice In • The helpful guys from Strathfield Car Radios in Concord Out • Violence on local streets • Out of order parking meters in the Leichhardt LGA – if you want drivers to pay for parking, at least make it easy for them to find a working machine! • People smoking while doing the Bay Run • The line to get into Marly Bar on a Saturday night • People airing their dirty laundry on Facebook • Mail being stolen from Abbotsford Cove mailboxes • The lack of State Government support for Leichhardt Oval SBR SYDNEY BUILDING RENOVATIONS • Staying in bed a little past your alarm because it’s too cold to get out • That feeling when you score a parking spot right in front of your favourite cafe • Industrial style lighting as spotted at Rose of Australia Hotel, Erskineville • #ferragosto2014 – hashtag your presence at Festa this year! • Risotto from Mantecato restaurant, Balmain The majority of Australian states require homeowners to obtain a compliance certificate for electrical work carried out, which then guarantees that the work completed complies with all of the appropriate standards and that you would be covered for defective work. Sydney Building Renovations only engages trusted licensed electricians and we provide compliance certificates for all electrical work. C!ao Magazine There’s life in the Inner West! 4


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L M e l l i v s e d a l , t d r s t a e h k r a eich e l l i v k c i arr G Fresh Fruit & Veg ∙ Newly Baked Bread ∙ Gourmet Food ∙ Plants ∙ Flowers ∙ Fashion Art ∙ Antiques ∙ Vintage & Collectables ∙ Alternative Therapies ∙ Local Business Promos M Saturdays 8am - 1pm Orange Grove Market Cnr Perry St & Balmain Rd, Leichhardt Saturdays 9am - 1pm Riverside Market Riverside Girls High Huntleys Point Rd, off Victoria Rd, Gladesville Sundays 9am - 3pm Marrickville Market Addison Rd, Marrickville at Marrick l n Halts A rti s a ville Marke ? tiful Check it out for beau unique gifts and garments. Have you been to our new Danks St Market coming soon... August 30th and 31st. Fashion designers artisans, jewellers, children’s clothes makers or artists get in touch to sell your creatives, originals or interesting and off the wall home wares, we want to hear from you! Contact


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Community Life R OA D T E ST n Nancy Merlo Deli hopping in Five Dock The spotlight is on Five Dock this issue, with the annual Ferragosto street fair set to hit Great North Road on August 17th. One of the best things about Ferragosto is all the Italian food, from the pizza to the gelato. Though nothing quite screams ‘Italia’ more than a panino filled with cheese and salami. Fortunately, salami, prosciutto, olives and all manner of cheese are not hard to come by in Five Dock, and in honour of the area’s Italian heritage, we visited the strip’s famous delicatessens to stock up on our favourite antipasti... RANT The Baird Government is to be congratulated on the creation of an international panel of experts to advise on ways to revitalise the Bays Precinct. This area, which includes over five kilometres of waterfront, the Sydney Fish Markets and the derelict White Bay power station, has been left as an eyesore and has been in need of proper planning and action for years. But at last the Government has begun to actively plan for the future. I am saddened to note however, that the Labor Mayor of Leichardt is suggesting that the renewal of the Bays Precinct is code for allowing developers to run riot and that they are likely to sell to the highest bidder. No proposals or plans have been put on public display for comment, and these comments are scaremongering. Half truths and unsubstantiated claims are a regular tactic used by local activist groups and people whose proposals were not accepted. Regrettably these groups oppose any idea that they themselves have not proposed and will not accept the benefits of other potential proposals. Claims that 'land will be sold off to developers to build highrise buildings' and there will be 'no public access to the foreshore,' are but two examples of this approach. The fact is that the brief will insist that the strong heritage of the area must be maintained and that careful planning must create a mix of open spaces and sporting areas and ensure a sensible combination of commercial, retail and residential. This approach will create a new and vibrant Bays Precinct where people will not only want to visit, but also live, therefore helping to address Sydney’s rapidly growing accommodation needs. Another important condition of the renewal will be a requirement that any major improvement is to include a continuous public foreshore walk around the Bays Precinct upgrade. This has been a priority call by residents who live nearby and the regional Precinct Committee. The other 29 recommendations are to be carefully considered when a plan is proposed. Remember that it was an international architect who designed the Opera House, which brought together the expertise of both local and international people. The Bays Precinct has the potential to be another jewel for Sydney and will be a major programme over the next 30 years. It is about four times the size of Barangaroo and should incorporate not only The Sydney Fish Market, but also revitalise tourism, recreational areas, maritime areas and provide urban renewal. I look forward to the conclusions of the 'international summit' of experts, which will be held on November 19th and 20th, as well as the ideas that will be brought forward that could transform the disused and rundown areas of the waterfront and revitalise the very derelict White Bay power station site. It is long overdue that we create an area that will rival other foreshores around world and a second icon alongside the Sydney Opera House. n Words: Cr John Jobling. Ranieri's continental Delicatessen Ranieri’s Deli is one of the oldest and most authentic Italian delis in the Inner West; it’s been family run for generations and is a favourite among locals. They have a huge range of cold meats, cheeses and 15 varieties of marinated olives in the window. There’s also much more on the shelves of this narrow shop from pasta and Italian biscuits to their own brand of coffee and rarities like chestnut honey. When I visited, the deli was bustling with people; some getting fresh bread rolls made up for lunch and others buying for home. I overheard one lady commenting that she only gets invited to her friend’s place for dinner if she obliges to bring along something delicious from Ranieri’s – that says it all really. While some of the staff members are less friendly than others, the service is quick and my salami was sliced perfectly. ★ ★ ★ ★ Similarly to Ranieri's, the window of Rizzo's deli is straight out of an Italian village with bread rolls and assorted products on display, including Felce Azzurra bathroom products, which are popular among the older Italians in the area. Located just a few doors down from their competitors, they are smaller than Ranieri's but have a decent variety of deli goods in their fridge as well as arancini, which are well priced at $4.50. While they don't have as much additional shelf stock, they have a good range of ground coffee, their selection of Italian DVDs is a point of difference and the atmosphere is nice; I was greeted as soon as I walk into the shop. ★ ★ ★ ★ Pick up a basket full of deli-licious goodies in Five Dock Rizzo’s Deli Farinhas is more of a mini supermarket than a deli, and it's the newest of the bunch so it feels quite modern and spacious. There's plenty on offer in the deli window from 16 types of marinated olives, cold meats, a variety of local and imported cheese plus more in the open fridge where you can buy grated parmesan and Italian cheeses by the block. There’s also a small range of fresh fruit and veggies, which they are planning to expand and are currently seeking feedback on from the community. Other products include pasta, canned tomatoes, spices, biscuits and even Farinhas gift cards (for the person that has everything). Service was a little slow as there's a deli counter and separate check-out but staff are friendly. ★ ★ ★ ★ Farinhas Continental Deli Hitting high notes It has been years since the world’s most beloved tenor, Andrea Bocelli, visited our shores, but this September he will be back in Australia performing his greatest hits. Playing at the Allphones Arena on the 16th of September, this concert will be divided into two parts. The first section will focus on classical songs and opera arias while the second will feature all the greatest hits from Bocelli’s latest album Passione – a collection of some of the most beautiful love songs of all time. With one of the most recognisable voices in modern music and a career spanning 20 years with 80 million records sold, there is no doubt that Andrea Bocelli is a global icon. After performing sell-out arena concerts to audiences of over 65,000 during his last visit to Australia, be sure not to miss out this time around. Tickets are available at www.andreabocelli. com/tickets or with your full details. WIN TIX! ★ To WIN a double pass to the concert, email What’s on n Compiled by Nancy Merlo. Email Until 24th August FREE Community are events listings n If you'd like to comment on the Bays Precinct, email Saturday 16th August email info@ y nc Attn: Na Evoking the Andes Exhibition Entries now open Thursday 7th August The Footprints Film Festival is on again this year and will be held Sunday 24th August from 11am to 3pm as part of the Footprints Ecofestival. Leichhardt Council is currently seeking the best short films with an environmental or sustainability theme in Sydney. Enter now for your chance to be discovered as an upcoming filmmaker, plus your share in up to $5000 worth of fantastic prizes! You can enter in person at Council or online – just download an entry form to submit with your film. 6 Zjoosh Grand Opening Jewellery and accessories boutique, Zjoosh, is inviting locals to its Grand Opening night to celebrate their launch in Balmain with champagne, sweets and plenty of special offers for shoppers. Pop in from 6pm to 9pm, at 270 Darling Street. n More info at Saturday 9th August And...action! Laugh out loud theatre Celebrity Theatresports n For more information email Once a year, some of Australia’s biggest celebrities (at least the ones brave enough) come together with the pros of improvised comedy to give us Celebrity Theatresports. Done to aid the charity, CanTeen, Celebrity Theatresports sees teams compete in a series of performancers for the audience’s laughs and judges’ votes, all unscripted and unrehearsed. Hosted by Julia Zemiro, this event will have you splitting at the sides! Starts at 8pm at the Enmore, tickets $28. n To WIN a double pass to the show, email A new exhibition titled 'Evoking The Andes' is set to be launched by the Governor of NSW, Marie Bashir, at the Balmain Watch House on August 16th, and guests are invited to come along from 6pm to meet the artists and see their work. Maggie Escartin, Clara Elena Uribe, Beatriz Copello and Carmen Henry are the four artists behind the exhibition – all originally from South America but each with their own artistic style and medium. The exhibition closes on Sunday 17th at 4pm so you'll want to get in quick. n Where: 179 Darling St, Balmain See page 8 for more what's on...


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n Local Gigs n Local screens FREE TICKETS Thursday 7th August Win double movie passes Vienna Teng I’m sure people will disagree with me on this, but Vienna Teng’s music totally sounds like it was written for a Disney movie. I mean this in the best possible way though. Like the phenomenon of Frozen’s “Let It Go” or one of the many great tunes from Mulan (or indeed any of their musical animations), it’s emotional, soulful and always fun. n The Vanguard, $18.80 Friday 8th August Looks like teen spirit Palo Alto A grumpy old man – on the road to redemption And So It Goes Imagine Gordon Gekko 30 years on and still played by Michael Douglas. Here’s he’s Oren, a self-obsessed realtor – still greedy, bitter about the past and an obnoxious grump who owns a swank suburban property somehow worth 8 mill. He wants a cash sale (who does he expect as a buyer, Walter White?) so he can move on. Now imagine Annie Hall 40 years on but with the same mannerisms (Diane Keaton, and at 67, still a fine looking woman). She’s Leah, a singer who makes a modest living crooning at local restaurants. She’s also his neighbour, and we know right from their first scene together (they bicker) how these two senior singles will end up. No matter, veteran director Rob Reiner (When Harry Met Sally) handles the story, which involves Oren unexpectedly having custody of his estranged son’s gorgeous daughter (Sterling Jerins) with deft aplomb. Meanwhile the inevitable setbacks, sight gags and acerbic barbs (all Oren’s) provide plenty of generous laughs. M from August 7. Begin Again Lowtide A pretty talented Melbourne band. They are called a dream pop band, which is accurate, but their heavier songs are pretty much just shoegaze. Definitely not the best in this genre but certainly worth checking out. n The Roller Den, $15.85 Friday 8th August Fractures This music is a huge amalgamation of disparate music styles and genre and, personally, I don’t think it really works in the end. While I like the darkness of it all and the synthetic beats are a lot better than I would expect, combining well with his voice, I’m just not sold on Fractures yet. n The Vanguard, $15.80 Keira Knightley does have detractors – many of them Brits inexplicably compelled to take snide pot shots at her Home County looks. I don't get it, and she’s totally charming here as Greta, a singersongwriter in John Carney’s follow-up to his muchloved 2006 indie musical, Once. This is a similar story – only set in NY and with a much bigger budget – plus Mark Ruffalo as a washed-up music biz exec who discovers Greta one drunken night. Inevitably slicker, but still funny, offbeat and ramshackle enough for its integrity to shine through. And it sparkles! M from Aug 7. Gia Coppola came to moviemaking with impeccable cred; she’s the grandchild of Francis Ford and niece of Sofia. That’s quite a lot to live up to, and something she masterfully pulls off with this moody and keenly observed portrait of adolescence. Palo Alto is an adaptation of a series of short stories by James Franco – and its linked storylines focus on a group of teens living in what must be the most dangerous places for young people on the planet – affluent LA. Naturally enough she stacked her film with relatives of Hollywood royalty. Shy and sensitive April (Emma Roberts – Julia Robert’s niece) falls prey to the charms of her soccer coach (Franco). Teddy (Jack Kilmer, Val’s son) tires of his asshole best friend Fred (Nat Wolff), meanwhile, disturbed and promiscuous Emily (Zoe Levins) looks for validation in casual but lonely sex. Beautifully shot by Autumn Durald and featuring a fantastic soundtrack by Dev Hynes (Blood Orange), Palo Alto is a very assured debut that packs powerful emotional punch. MA15+ from Aug 14. ★ Thanks to Vendetta Films we have we have 10 double inseason passes to give away. Details below CIAO's PICK! ★ Thanks to StudioCanal we have we have 10 double in-season passes to give away. Details below. The song that saved a life A great actor's last hurrah WIN TIX! Priscilla Rides again It’s been exactly 20 years since the boys of Priscilla blitzed their way across the continent in sequins, wigs and mascara. Newtown’s Dendy Cinemas figured that’s an anniversary worth celebrating – with a gala encore screening of the cult hit and a great big party! The full title of Stephan Elliott’s camped-up road movie was of course The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, and it made Guy Pearce and Hugo Weaving hugely popular stars. It was unleashed on an unsuspecting Australia in 1994 and was an instant hit – it’s still being rented now and of course given birth to countless stage presentations. There’s just something about the story of Mitzi, Felicia and Bernadette that endures way after the glitter fades. On Thursday 14th August from 6pm Dendy Cinemas at Newtown will be hosting a special screening of the cult classic (movie at 6.45pm), with a pre-movie party in the foyer with a live DJ, drag performers, music and a complimentary drink. Part of it was filmed at The Imperial Hotel on King Street so appropriately enough, they’ll be hosting an official sparkling after party, and each ticket includes entry to that too. $25, book online at You probably already know what to wear. A Most Wanted Man A toss up between this and Lucy for our top pick this week – but Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s tummy tipped the scale. And we do see a lot of it in Anton Corbijn’s edgy spy drama. Set in Hamburg, this was the great actor’s last film and truth be told – he does not look well. Surprisingly, we also see him run and even get into a pub brawl, but this is a John Le Carre, so action is hardly the point. Naturally there’s plenty of cynicism, intrigue and duplicity in the dense plot involving Muslim refugees, terrorism and inter agency rivalry in a post 9-11 world. Rachel McAdams plays a rich girl refugee advocate whose naïvity lands her (and some innocent immigrants) in deep shit (why do I think Sarah-Hanson Young would hate this movie?). Robin Wright stands in for the treacherous CIA and Willem Dafoe looks menacing just by turning up. It’s fantastic stuff, easily the best thing on right now. M from July 31. n Reviews – Russell Edwards ★ More local movies: XXX "Felicia" – the role that made Guy Pearce a star ★ WIN! 5 lucky Ciao readers can each win a free double pass to the screening at Dendy Cinemas and party at The Imperial Hotel. See below for how to enter. on Sunday 17th August. The team will be on the stall serving delicious food all day including ham off the bone and beef spit roast gourmet rolls. There will also be a selection of refreshing drinks to quench the thirst. n From Thursday 21st August Saturday 9th August kIDS art class Paint something beautiful on canvas and leave with a sense of real art accomplishment at this workshop led by artist Jane Bautista. For kids aged 6 to 16 years, this class will run from 3pm to 5pm and includes snack, hot chocolate and all equipment. Tickets are $20, and the workshop will be held at Leichhardt Mission Church of Scientology (79 Renwick St). n Call 9518 3442 to book Saturday 16th August at Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL. Tickets $35, call 9559 0000 to book. n that accompanies the reading. n For more information and tickets visit Dante’s The Divine Comedy The Queen Returns Marcia reigns supreme in Canterbury Celebrating the success of her recently released album Amazing, Marcia Hines has returned to touring with a passion. Featuring a 6-piece, highenergy band, Marcia Hines will be bringing a killer repertoire to the stage 8 Sunday 17th August The royal goes to ferragosto Leichhardt’s favourite community pub, The Royal, will be cooking up a feast at this year’s Ferragosto in Five Dock Showing from August 21st to 23rd at 107 Projects, Redfern, Diego Bosco brings audiences an extraordinary masterpiece of medieval poetry with his rendition of the Divine Comedy. Diego is an award winning composer and classical guitarist, and here he has translated the central part of the ‘Divine Comedy’ into English to be read by talented narrators Roma Yibiyang Winmar and Bruce Gilbert, as well as composed the sound canvas Divine sounds from Diego Bosco WIN DOUBLE MOVIE PASSES To be in the running to win double inseason passes to And So It Goes, Palo Alto or the special screening of The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert plus party, email your name and contact details to info@ciaomagazine. telling us where you picked up Only at the movies August 14 your copy of Ciao. You can enter them all in one email if you like, but give us a preference. Remember to include a postal address.


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Benvenuto a Ferragosto! Canada Bay’s Italian Festival - Sunday 17th August In celebration of all things Italian and to mark the middle of the famous European summer, every August Five Dock comes alive at Ferragosto... There is so much happening at Ferragosto 2014, celebrating food, music, sport, film, and sustainability, and it all kicks off at 10am. Wander over to FerraCucina to see talented local chefs cook up a feast for the senses and meet our cover star Gus, and his team from Five Dock Meat Market (pictured right), as they serve up a delicious sausage sizzle for the crowds - an annual festa tradition. Food lovers will also enjoy the Gelato Eating Competitions, held next to the Post Office. When you’ve had your fill of delicious gelato, a visit to FerraPiazza is essential for a little wine sampling, all in the ambience of a classic Italian square. For those who love to shop, the FerraMarket has over 150 stalls, showcasing a range of food from around the world, not to mention a huge range of fashion, jewellery, arts and crafts. Stalls worth looking out for include: Five Dock’s Little Shoe Shop and The Perfect Occasion, Forza Italia for Italian sporting apparel, venetian masks, CD’s and DVD’s, The Little Gift Company that brings Italian themed clothing and accessories all the way from Adelaide and CFC Australia, which will be selling Italian perfumes. The kids haven’t been forgotten either. There Gus from Five Dock Meat Market will be throwing some snags on the barbie at Ferragosto Message from the Mayor Welcome to Ferragosto 2014! This year’s Ferragosto promises to be another fantastic day celebrating Italian culture as Five Dock comes alive with the taste of Italy! Join us on Sunday 17th August from 10am to 4pm to enjoy an exciting range of live entertainment from music and dancing to martial arts. See local chefs showcase their talent and sample delicious food and wine. Classic Italian cars return, try street soccer and there’s lots of fun for the kids! We are proud that we are once again bringing Ferragosto to our community using green fuel to deliver a carbon neutral event. There is so much to see and do for the whole family. I look forward to seeing you on Great North Road, Five Dock for a great day out. n Mayor Angelo Tsirekas is plenty to entertain your young ones at FerraGiovani, including free rides, an animal farm, street soccer trick demonstrations and a performance from Harlequin’s Puppet Theatre, guaranteed to entertain both young and old. In addition to all these exciting events, Ferragosto embraces environmentally friendly practices. It is a carbon neutral, plastic bag and polystyrene-free event, with green fuel generators powering the stages. Festival goers are encouraged to ride their bike or bring a reusable carry bag to the event. Those that do so can visit the EcoHub stall, and enter the Sustainability Prize Draw. There is a chance to win terrific prizes for showing your bike helmet or reusable bag, including a $100 gift voucher from a local bike shop, and a $100 voucher for online eco store, Biome. With so much happening, plus roving entertainment roaming along Great North Road all day long, one day is never enough to explore Ferragosto and the lively Italian culture pulsating through the Inner West. Roving entertainers, The Sentosa Trio Buon Gusto An exciting street festival celebrating Italian culture! It’s a fun day out for all the family, with great entertainment, delicious food, soccer trick demonstrations, Italian mask making workshops, cooking demonstrations, free pony rides, an animal farm and over 150 market stalls. available at the corner of Great North Rd and Ramsay Rd. Show us your helmet at the Eco-Hub for a chance to Free bike parking For more information call 9911 6555 or visit: Proudly sponsored by: win a $100 bike shop voucher! Presented by: Canterbury BMW Driving Strong Relationships 10


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What’s on A fun day out at Ferragosto 2014 Come along to Five Dock on August 17th to enjoy a taste of all things Italian. A wonderful day out for the whole family, this day is not to be missed! Main Stage Highlights 10am: My Guitar School 10.50am: Sandra Malone Dancers Pina Pacialeo 11.15am & 11.55am: Early Dance Consort 11.50am: David Cottone introduces his latest novel, Sotto Il Sole Australiano 12.20pm: Coro D’Abruzzo Choir 12.45pm & 2.15pm: EuroLatino accompanied by the Greg Hooper Band 2.55pm: Opera Australia 3.45pm: DJ Rosso Participating in FerraCucina is local treasure Pina Pacialeo, who has gained fame through her online cooking show, Pina Cucina. Watch her cook up traditional recipes, as the saying goes, just like Nonna makes! #Ferragosto2014 Ferragosto is introducing an exciting Instagram Photo Competition this year. Using the hashtag #Ferragosto2014, or tagging @canadabay, upload the snaps that show what Ferragosto means to you. Prizes include a $600 voucher and styling package for Birkenhead Point Outlet Centre, or an iPad mini, valued at $479. FerraPiazza Sample wine from the Hunter Valley, Mudgee and Armidale regions, eat some wood-fired pizza, and bask in a traditional Italian square. 10am-1pm:  Carlos Alberto Perez playing relaxing seven-string classical Spanish guitar 1pm-3pm:  PhilHarmonix Music playing a mix of bossa nova and Parisian 1920’s dance hall, certain to get your feet moving Mask Making Workshops Get in touch with your creative side and join in the free Carnival mask making workshop, inspired by the elaborate masks worn at the famous Carnival of Venice. Workshops will be held outside 7-Eleven, bring the kids along! Travelling Trios 11am-2pm Sentosa Trio Travelling along Great North Road between Henry Street and Barnstaple Road, brothers Nigel and Joern Harris, and Shane Cranney will entertain with their eclectic mix of instruments, including trumpet, accordion and clarinet. The Trio will be delighting festival goers with their unique style of acoustic jazz. Commedia dell’arte Trio Moving along Great North Road playing drums and percussions, the traditional Commedia-style troupe will be stopping at various locations. Graeme Rhodes, Gary Fitzpatrick and Lou Pollard will be performing short, funny, interactive skits, involving the audience in the action. Book Signing Davide Cottone will be signing and selling his book Cancutter outside John Sidoti’s office on Great North Road during Ferragosto. The book is the biography of Sicilian immigrant, Carmelo Cottone, and documents his escape from political persecution in Italy, as well as the freedom he found as a canecutter in Queensland. 11


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in the kitchen Who didn’t love Bounty Bars as a kid? I mean seriously – talk about summer in a chocolate bar! I realise that this will be my second coconut recipe in the past month, but when a girl has a huge bag of shredded coconut, she’s gotta get resourceful about finding things to do with it. And having spent a fair bit of this winter in chilly Tasmania, I need no excuse to channel warmer climes. This recipe is an adapted version of the childhood classic, sans actual chocolate and refined sugar. It uses the magical properties of coconut’s low solidifying point to turn childhood nostalgia into a slightly more virtuous adult treat. Wine with Winsor n Super chardonnay Scarborough 2011 Yellow Label Chardonnay While most Hunter Valley wineries specialise in shiraz and semillon, the Scarborough family is best known for its excellent chardonnays, of which this powerful but beautifully balanced wine is a perfect example. Fermented and aged on lees in French oak barrels for 12 months and released when mature, this assertive, textural wine would be a very good partner for poultry dishes or a traditional pork roast. $23. Go nuts for coconut xx x Coconut cacao bars Method: 1. Preheat an oven to 180C and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Spread out the shredded coconut and toast it in the oven for 10-15 minutes until it just starts to turn golden. 2. Place the toasted coconut shreds in a mixing bowl and add the coconut cream, half of the coconut sugar, the vanilla paste and mix thoroughly. 3. Press in a lined brownie tin so that the mixture is about 2.5cm thick. Place in the freezer for 1 hour until solid. Remove and cut the coconut into bars, about 2.5cm wide. Place the bars back in the freezer. 4. In a small pan, heat the coconut oil on a low heat until melted. Add the cacao and the remaining coconut sugar. Stir to combine and set aside to cool. 5. Once cool (but still in liquid form) remove the bars from the freezer and dip/bath the cacao mixture to coat the bars. The coconut oil in the cacao mixture will almost immediately harden, like Ice Magic. Wait until this happens and then dip the cacao bars again to give them a double thick coating. 6. Sprinkle the bars with a few flakes of sea salt and store the bars in the fridge until you wish to eat them (otherwise they will melt and fall apart). Seriously Pink Cumulus 2014 Rolling Pink One of the first wine releases from the 2014 vintage, this is a deliciously fresh and vibrant rosé from the Central Ranges outside Orange. Made from shiraz grapes, it is a drier style than many of its contemporaries with red berry aromas leading onto juicy raspberry notes on the palate, brisk, refreshing acid and some nice mouthfeel. Serve chilled, pair with Middle Eastern dishes, or simply sip and savour. $17. Ingredients: 2 cups shredded coconut 2/3 cup coconut cream 6 tsp coconut sugar 2 tsp vanilla paste 4 tbsp raw cacao powder 5 tbsp virgin coconut oil A good pinch of sea salt flakes At the markets punnet. Both mandarins and apples are a good buy with plenty of varieties on offer at $2-$5/kg and $2-$7/kg, respectively. n Vegies: Pumpkin is the buy of the week at 70c-$1.50/kg and is great baked or in soups during this cold weather. Eggplant is not far behind at $1.50-$2.50/kg. There is also a very large supply of delicious tomatoes at the moment so they should be cheap too. n n Fruit: Queensland strawberries are still looking great at $2-$3 a Barbecue appeal Bremerton 2012 Tamblyn Sisters Rebecca and Lucy Willson produce an excellent range of wines from the underrated Langhorne Creek region of South Australia. This is their entry-level red, a very appealing blend of cabernet sauvignon, shiraz, malbec and merlot. It is a medium-bodied “drink any time” red with plenty of flavour and soft structure that would be terrific with burgers, a barbecue or a chunk of Cheddar cheese. $18. Bake it or blend it for pumpkin soup At home with... Domenic Calvi Originally hailing from Canada, Domenic Calvi (better known as Mimmo) has built an impressive reputation over the past decade, running three eateries in the Canada Bay area. The Green House Café is his latest venture and is the place to find great pizza during Ferragosto. Here we chat with Mimmo about his passion for food and how he will be involved in the upcoming festival… Tell us a bit about how you started out in the hospitality industry? My mother was a great cook and she showed me at an early age how to cook. I used to run a printing business but I loved cooking so much that I sold it so I could become a chef. I now have 15 years experience in the kitchen. I started my career in Canada and then spent a number of years travelling through Italy working in different restaurants in various provinces. I love people, food, wine and the idea of people getting together at my restaurant and having a unique and memorable experience as they dine under a blanket of fairy lights. What’s the food philosophy behind Green House Cafe? Our philosophy is to produce modern and traditional Italian cuisine using fresh ingredients. I personally go to the fruit and fish markets twice a week, which ensures our ingredients are always fresh. I don’t pre-cook my food so, while it does take a little longer to make, I can ensure that it is always fresh. You’ve previously had other restaurants in the Canada Bay area, what is it that you love about working in the Inner West and the food scene in Five Dock? I have owned Mimmo’s Place and Nineteen by the Bay and they were very different to each other. Nineteen by the Bay was predominantly a function centre while Mimmo’s was more just your usual restaurant. From these restaurants I developed a loyal local following so when I was asked to open another restaurant in the area I jumped at the opportunity. When I arrived from Canada in 2003 I was instantly taken by the Inner West; I love the Italian culture, the people, the lifestyle and its close proximity to the city, the west and many other locations. I would love to see many more restaurants open in the Five Dock area and have it resemble other Ingredients: 2 chicken breasts, 2 slices prosciutto, 1 bocconcini sliced, spring onions, cherry tomatoes, 2-3 tablespoons unsalted butter, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, a good splash of white wine and a dash of cream Method: 1. Sear the chicken in oil and put aside. 2. Place butter, wine, spring onions, cherry tomatoes and a dash of cream in a pan and reduce on low heat. 3. Then place chicken Inner City suburbs that have a bustling restaurant scene. How will you be involved in the local Ferragosto street fair this year? This will be our second Ferragosto since owning the Green House Café and we want to change it up a bit this year. We have asked Magdalene Mattson to perform on the day and sing some Italian songs as well as contemporary songs live. We will be offering meal packages of either pasta or woodfired pizza and a bottle of water for $10. We are also doing a breakfast pizza from 10am to 12pm with toppings of bacon, eggs and sausages. Mezzapica will be providing the delicious cakes and cannoli on the day too. n Jared Ingersoll A word on Heston’s sausages Jared weighs in on the supermarket wars... Yesterday I had a meeting to talk through an amazing, delicious and huge event. As I was chatting and developing ideas based on a 70s backyard barbecue or sausage sizzle, someone mentioned Heston’s sausages. My response was a clear: “Are you f***ing kidding me!?” Let me expand... A TV production company does a deal with Jamie and he becomes super hot, a supermarket does a deal with Jamie because he is hot property and Jamie becomes even bigger and more influential. Then Australian food companies jump on the bandwagon because they ALWAYS follow imported trends, which are measurable, have less risk and are apparently safer than backing an original idea. So Woolworths does a deal with Jamie to promote fresh food that screws over the local fresh food growers forcing primary industry to pay for the very marketing campaign that does no measurable or tangible good for anyone other than Jamie and Woolworths! Fear then dictates that Coles can’t NOT do anything, so they turn to Heston (the only other measurable choice in the market place), and Heston comes up with some soulless pre-digested crap that is based on gimmick and profit. As a result Cathy in Campbelltown, Mary in Mona Vale and Pat in Paddington are buying this ‘stuff ’ that is detrimental to the environment, their health and their ability to understand whole foods, and they are doing it because they are being told to! They are feeding themselves with the polar opposite of everything I believe to be good and true, fooling themselves and re-training their own palate to accept horrendous levels of seasoning, salt and sugar because supermarket executives have told them to, all the while delivering horrendous levels of profit to the detriment of all. The worst part is that Jamie and Heston are awesome and so talented! You do not get to where they have without bucketloads of talent, creativity and more hard work than most mortals are even capable of! However, the answer is still: “No I do not think Heston’s sausages would be a wise choice for our particular event.” Pollo Toscano back in the sauce to continue cooking. 4. Place prosciutto and bocconcini on chicken breast and cover with a lid until chicken is cooked and bocconcini has melted. Serve with seasonal vegetables. 12


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n Your say There's been a lot of debate around who should take over the Italian Forum Cultural Centre: Co.As.It or the Actors Centre Australia (ACA). If you could decide, what would you like to see open in the Forum? n “Co.As.It. It was always meant to be an Italian cultural place.” Mark Marrone. Local news Marrickville goes fair trade Hot off establishing themselves as a solarpowered, carbon-neutral community, Marrickville Council is now seeking to become a Fair Trade Council after a unanimous endorsement on July 15th. The Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand recently wrote to Mayor Jo Haylen, inviting Council to become accredited as they already have one fair trader per 5,000 residents – evidence the local community feels strongly about the cause. Local travel specialist rewarded Haberfield local Ric Pattaro took out the award for Best Travel Consultant (Corporate) at National Travel Industry Awards 2014 this July, beating out every other agent in the country. The prize was awarded to Ric for going above and beyond in his role as a corporate travel consultant, delivering consistently high levels of customer service. “I am absolutely honoured and privileged to have been awarded Australia’s Best corporate travel consultant. To me it’s the highest accolade to be awarded in the Travel Industry,” said Ric, who has worked in the travel industry for over 25 years. n Stars Aries The Sun-MercuryVenus link on August 2nd asks that you lose your inhibitions and have fun in a childlike way. Taurus There’ll be plenty of activity on the home front for the comfort loving Bull. Focus on entertaining others in your domestic space. you’ll have plenty to say plus some. If you have been silent about a particular issue, now is the time to vocalise your concerns. Arlington Reserve re-opens Arlington Reserve in Dulwich Hill has undergone a $2.15 million makeover this year and Marrickville Council is celebrating with a family fun day to launch the new facility on Saturday 2nd August. The official re-opening ceremony will be held at 11.15am and residents are welcome to come along and enjoy demonstration soccer matches, face painting, balloon art as well as traditional Portuguese and Greek performances and food. Users of Arlington Reserve are delighted with the new state-of-the-art recreational facility, calling it a "dream come true," while Mayor Jo Haylen said she was proud Council could give the community what it needed to grow and flourish. Council plans sporting facility upgrades There was excitement amongst local sporting clubs this week as Leichhardt Council approved a plan for more than $1 million for sporting facility upgrades. The Mayor, Darcy Byrne, said that the upgrades, which include new netball courts in Darley Road, Leichhardt, are desperately needed. “For too long, underinvestment in sporting infrastructure has reduced opportunities for kids and young people taking part in local sport,” Cr Byrne said. “These upgrades are needed to make a positive impact in the sporting lives of our local kids and families.” Birchgrove Oval and King George Oval, Rozelle will also benefit from upgrades to their playing surfaces. Gemini With planets triggering your communication zone, 'an Italian cultural place'?! Conceded by the Cadigal/ Wangal in the day was it? It's the Italiano Darling Harbour.” Blak Douglas. bother with the Forum as it's boring as hell. Has been for years. They really need to jazz up the place quickly.” Patricia Calleja. n “Maybe this is a good chance n “I'm a local and never n “It was always meant to be Cancer Anxieties around money should ease if you handle financial projects on August 2nd. Leo The Full Moon on August 10th indicates breaking free of romantic conventions. You are looking for excitement and colour where love is concerned, so take a risk or two this fortnight. Virgo You’re likely to approach a situation in a detached and meticulous way when Mercury moves into your sign on August 15th. You may be cool in a crisis but don’t lose sight of the big picture. Libra The act of giving may be a dying art form but not for fair-minded Libra. Generous acts of kindness will be noted in early August. to let people know about the new Italian Osteria opened called La Tavernetta, which is owned by Italians and is the only place where you'll find real Italian chefs in the Forum. Instead of putting this place down, some support for young Italians trying to get this place back would be appreciated.” Vicky from La Tavernetta. Scorpio You’re well into a focused and productive cycle, thanks to Saturn and Mars. Be ruthless in weeding out what’s redundant to make way for new beginnings. Sagittarius Philosophy takes on importance under the Capricorn Embrace a busy social calendar before you retreat from the world. Make the effort to network and be involved in community causes. Aquarius In a rut? The Full Moon on August 10th gives you the power to change routine and break destructive habits. Pisces You’ll get over the finishing line with an intellectual pursuit that you’ve previous thought to be intimidating. Learn and move on from this experience by August 15th. Mercury-Venus connection. Widen your horizons by exploring higher forms of learning. n “Pull it down, it's a lemon.” Tino Mian. 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