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Popular Italian restaurant on The Parade to close after almost two decades

Martini on the Parade, a well-known Italian restaurant in Adelaide’s East, is bidding farewell after serving diners for almost 17 years.

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Martini on the Parade, a well-known Italian restaurant in Adelaide’s East, is bidding farewell after serving diners for almost 17 years.

Owner and executive chef Larry Piscioneri made the poignant announcement via a heartfelt Facebook post, revealing that the beloved establishment will serve its final meal on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12th.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to reflect upon and celebrate our successes and the wonderful people I have met along this journey. I take with me many beautiful memories,” said the Facebook post.

“On a personal note, I had a dream to own my own restaurant, cook amazing dishes and create wonderful memories for my customers who I am now privileged to call my friends.

“Sadly due to the uncertainty economic future I have decided the selling of the business is the right decision for myself and my family.

“I can’t thank you all enough for your ongoing support over the last 17 years.”

The decision to close Martini on the Parade comes amidst challenging times for Adelaide’s hospitality industry, grappling with the twin pressures of rising interest rates and escalating operational costs.

Piscioneri, a culinary visionary, poured his passion into Martini Ristorante, formerly known as Martini’s Cafe, when he assumed ownership in 2007. Renowned for its authentic Italian cuisine infused with creative flair, the restaurant quickly became a fixture near Norwood Oval.

Over the years, Piscioneri mentored some of Adelaide’s most celebrated chefs, including former MasterChef star Andre Ursini, now at the helm of Orso. With a career steeped in culinary excellence, including stints at beloved Adelaide eateries like Da Clemente and Enzo’s, Piscioneri crafted Martini on the Parade into a destination loved by food enthusiasts.

But while we’re bidding farewell to Martini on the Parade, a new chapter awaits at the iconic Parade location. Stepping into the spotlight is Secrets by the Sea, the brainchild of Henley Beach local Robert Leopardi.

Inspired by his deep-rooted love for fishing and the sea, Leopardi is poised to introduce Norwood to a seafood dining experience like no other.

The transition from seaside to cityscape necessitated a slight name alteration, giving rise to “Secrets on the Parade.” Yet, the essence of Secrets by the Sea remains unchanged, offering a delicious array of locally sourced, fresh seafood offerings.

From succulent SA Coffin Bay Oysters to delicate whiting and barramundi, the menu reflects Leopardi’s commitment to quality and sustainability. However, seafood aficionados aren’t the only ones in for a treat, as Secrets by the Sea also has a great selection of grill specialties, pasta dishes, and more.

Where: 59A The Parade, Norwood SA 5067
More information on Martini on the Parade, head here.

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