Lavazza is serving up some fantastic Italian fare in the Birdcage during Melbourne Cup Carnival with some of Australia’s best Italian chefs on hand creating their signature dish over the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Guests at Lavazza, including Melanie Brown, Brody Jenner, DJ Sanchez, Jordan and Zac Stenmark (to read more on Lavazza’s Guests click here) will have hatted chefs Giovanni Pilu from Pilu at Freshwater (Sydney), Chris Lucas from Baby (South Yarra) and Tony Nicolini from D.O.C (Carlton, Mornington & Albert Park) creating unforgettable dishes.
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Two-hatted chef Giovanni Pilu from Pilu at Freshwater in Sydney will demonstrate his authentic Sardinian cooking to guests on Melbourne Cup Day with his family inspired culurzone, otherwise known locally, ravioli. Each ravioli will be made by hand and filled with delicate Desiree potato and fresh mint and dressed in a silky burnt butter and sage sauce.

Much loved Melbourne pizza restaurant, DOC, will be represented by head chef Tony Nicolini on Derby Day. It wouldn’t be an authentic taste of Italy without pizza, and Tony has created three bite-sized pizza varieties for Derby Day including classic porcini, pecorino and truffle oil; yellow tomato, Sciacca anchovy and Pantelleria caperberry; and a Spring Racing signature pizza of Scampi, DOP buffalo mozzarella and mint salsa verde.

The energy that gives Melbourne restaurant, Baby,  its constant buzz on any day or night will be felt in the marquee when chef, Ben Cooper, presents his bespoke creation for Oaks Day. The “Gnocchi alla Zucca” will feature hand-rolled gnocchi, with a sumptuous pumpkin, sage and chilli sauce, served in individual baby pumpkins.

Lavazza National Marketing Manager Stuart Smyth said, “Lavazza is synonymous with sophisticated, world-class Italian hospitality so we are privileged to have these incredibly talented names as part of our family”. “Giovanni, Tony and Chris are all recognised for their individual and unique Italian cuisines, and while we all know there’s no place in the world quite like Italy when it comes to food, the Lavazza marquee will be a very close second this Melbourne Cup Carnival.”


Lavazza is also pleased to welcome Cacao fine chocolatier and patisserie to the line-up of food experts. Director of Cacao, Tim Clark, and his team have created especially for Lavazza a decadent Éclair Chocolate ‘Grand Cru’. The Éclair Chocolate ‘Grand Cru’ will complement the Gran Riserva special reserve blend, which is a brand new release for Lavazza and is served in venues by invitation only.

Topping off the gourmet fare, a gelato has also been designed for each main race day by Pidapipó gelato including Aperol Spritz (Aperol, prosecco and orange sorbetto) for Derby Day, Salted Peanut (peanut butter gelato with salted peanut brittle) for Melbourne Cup, Banana Pudding (banana gelato with dolce de leche soaked sponge cake) on Oaks Day and a refreshing Minty Yuzu (Vietnamese mint infused Yuzu gelato) to be served on Stakes Day.

Naturally, like all good Italian gatherings, the hospitality extends to the beverage menu with a continuous flow of sparkling, red and white wine, special Lavazza coffee creation and Lavazza coffee.

Following the Italian’s great love affair with food, there’s sure to be some fantastic action on the food front in the Lavazza Marquee during Melbourne Cup Carnival!

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Katherine Ng

Katherine is not your typical Beauty Editor. Finance consultant by day and beauty and fashion addict at all other times, Katherine spends her hard-earned money helping the Australian and international economy with her never ending pursuit of everything pretty. A keen traveller, Katherine still holds dear her Melbourne roots with an overflowing wardrobe filled with black clothes, shoes and handbags. Katherine also has a deep love of food and wine, and you can find those adventures on instagram at @thegreedykat Email: Twitter: @kath_couturing Instagram: @kath_ng

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