Chef Paolo Gatto’s new venue PaRi is a bold attempt to replicate everything from the taste to the look and vibe of southern Italy’s laneway patisseries, or bars as they are mainly known as.
Situated in the heart of the popular Majors Bay Rd food strip, you won’t have any issues locating this Sicilian-style pastry bar. With all the sweets made daily on the PaRi premises you can’t help but be drawn to the scent of those freshly made pastries – and there’s plenty to choose from.
PaRi boasts more than 100 different Southern Italian sweets, from Cassata which is a sponge cake moistened with fruit juices layered with ricotta cheese and candied fruit, to the ever-so-popular granita and brioche, a mouth-watering Sicilian breakfast and Paste Di Mandorla, the exquisite traditional biscuits.
The name PaRi derives from the first two letters of Paolo and his wife Rita’s names.
In fact, it was Rita’s nonno and nonna who inspired their new venture. Both were former pastry chefs from their hometown of Taormina in Sicily.
“When I first walked into PaRi, I stopped and closed my eyes… it took me back to the days of being a young girl watching my nonno make almond biscuits. I still remember the smell,” Rita said.
Chef Paolo and Rita want to recreate that nostalgic feeling for fellow Italians while giving their new customers a chance to experience traditional Sicilian-style pastries, with a bustling vibe to match.
“You won’t often find a café in Sydney offering so many traditional Sicilian sweets and that’s what we are about,” chef Paolo said.