Shaun Lau, Bistro Blackwood and Restaurant Orana’s full time sommelier, has teamed up with Jock Zonfrillo and opened an Italian bar named Mallozzi. It’s a Vino e Spuntino bar, or, to us non-Italian speakers, a wine and snack bar.
What started as a conversation about Shaun’s future in the business, became a partnership and the start of something wonderful. Jock’s plan to open an Italian bar coincided with Shaun’s dream of opening his own venue. Another bonus was Jock’s Italian background and Shaun’s lengthy experience working in Italian restaurants, having the opportunity to work and travel Italy itself and his obsession with Amaro and Italian wine.
The conversation was acted upon immediately and Mallozzi opened its doors 4 weeks after. Shaun has opened or re-opened a total of 13 venues in his career and in terms of concept, Shaun has said that Mallozzi was one of the easiest he has done so far. Every idea that either Jock or Shaun proposed was liked by the other, it was a near seamless process down to the choosing of the name. There was initially a few name options – Shaun proposed Vino e Spuntino and Jock proposed Mallozzi. Shaun had a liking for Mallozzi even before he learnt that it was Jock’s great grandmother’s maiden name. Instead of choosing one or the other, the venue has become “Mallozzi, Vino e Spuntino”
It is amazing to think that the interior of the venue was decked out in only 4 weeks. The Italian flag is painted in a running line from the walls to the floor and timber and black steel furnishings are complimented with rich leather upholstery and patterned bar tiles. Jock’s Italian background has provided the venue with amazing black and white photographs of his family, they are hung throughout the venue and add an incredibly personal touch to the space.
The menu at Mallozzi is very different to that at Bistro Blackwood and Restaurant Orana. Mallozzi focuses on small portions of the type of Italian grazing food Jock grew up on. The size of the dishes are smaller than your average entrée and the prices reflect this, dishes range from $3 to $15 per portion. Featuring on the menu is a dedicated salumi and formaggi section with cuts such as San Daniele proscuitto, flat pancetta, mortadella and porchetta with cheese ranging from parmigiano reggiano to buffalo ricotta. The spuntino and pasta sections feature dishes such as fried mozzarella and anchovies, pickled vegetables with lardo, cacio e pepe and tagliatelle bolognese. The menu offers a wide range of plates and is perfect for sharing.
To compliment the dishes, Shaun has devised a list of drinks that will literally keep you at the bar. There is a strong lean towards Italian wines and Australian wines made with Italian varietals. Also featuring on the drinks list is Amaro straight from the motherland, Grappa and a collection of finely tuned cocktails made with everything from vermouth to Campari and bourbon.
Share delicious food over a few laughs and great conversation at Mallozzi – open Monday to Thursday from 4pm till late and Friday to Sunday from 12pm till late. 279 Rundle Street, Adelaide.