Tours of Tuscany

Tours of Tuscany
Join this small group tour and immerse yourself in the current of sensation for a week of food, wine and culture in Tuscany.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Italian Week Sponsors 2009

Italian Week Partners

Consulate of Italy

New Realm Media

Alessandro Sorbello productions

Pellegrino Scholarship: Stephen J. Pellegrino, has devoted his career to the property industry and specialises in strategic identification and assessment of opportunities including negotiating and acquisition. He progressed from Real Estate sales and property management to develop his own property portfolio. This included building and refurbishing, trading, sourcing buyers and long term tenants and their strategic development and management of a wide range of properties.

Media Partners

Brisbane News: Brisbane News has been delivering a quality lifestyle magazine to Brisbane's affluent suburbs for twelve years. Readers have bonded with its unique mix of informative, entertaining and uplifting stories, and this proven format is consistently achieving extremely high levels of reader loyalty.

4MBS Classic FM: One of Australia's premier classical radio stations, 4MBS Classic FM has been broadcasting for 30 years and has received many awards. 4MBS Classic FM was named Australia's Radio Station of the Year at the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia's 2004 Awards. As well as broadcasting 24 hours a day every day of the year, the station presents the annual 4MBS Festival of Classics - Australia's largest classical music festival, and Shakespeare on Oxford in October, this year presenting Romeo and Juliet.

Our Brisbane: is a unique, Brisbane-based website which provides up-to-date local information that enriches the experience of people who live in and visit the city. The award winning website is an initiative of Brisbane City Council and is now the number one leisure and lifestyle website for Brisbane and the greater Brisbane region, attracting more than 500,000 unique visitors and more than five million page impressions each month. has everything you need to know about Brisbane – including festivals, events, dining guide, things to see and do, local news, weather, transport, traffic updates and more.

Institutional Sponsors

Queen Street Mall Association: The best shopping district in Brisbane is found on Queen Street Mall - nowhere else can you find the shopping opportunities of Queen Plaza, Wintergarden and TheMyer Center. All on Queen Street Mall!

Brisbane Marketing: Brisbane’s reputation as a progressive and globally competitive destination has steadily developed over recent years and Brisbane Marketing has been a driving force in supporting and celebrating this success story. Take a look at our CV and you’ll see that we’re a wholly-owned subsidiary of Brisbane City Council and the official marketing authority for the Greater Brisbane region. We’re a key partner in Council’s Economic Development Plan and Vision for the city. We’re also the Convention Bureau for Brisbane and the Regional Tourism Organisation for the local governments of the greater Brisbane area.

Opera Queensland: is the second largest opera company in Australia. Each year the company presents at least three major operatic productions in Brisbane and numerous smaller productions, concerts and tours of operatic and lighter musical material in other venues throughout Queensland.

The Queensland Orchestra: The Queensland Orchestra, under the guiding baton of Chief Conductor Johannes Fritzsch, is renowned for its high quality, breath-taking performances of both classical and modern compositions that engage audiences of all musical tastes, interests and ages.

Conrad Treasury: From the energy, excitement and adventure of the 24-hour Casino, to the colonial charm of the five-star, deluxe Hotel Conrad, at Conrad Treasury Brisbane you can experience it all.

Mt. Gravatt Tafe: Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE (MSIT) is the largest provider of Queensland Government funded vocational education and training in Queensland. In 2008, MSIT was named Public Training Provider of the Year at the Queensland Training Awards. MSIT educated 46,000 students and delivered more than 400 programs across 9 campuses on the south side of Brisbane, across Queensland, nationally and via workplace and online delivery.

Italian Fashion Week Partners

Elio Moda: Sicilian born designer Elio Marzullo owner and creative director of the Elio Moda label has reached iconic status in Queensland. Elio’s passion for styling, love for fine fabrics and nose for cutting edge looks has pushed his designs to the top. The Elio Moda label has flourished in Australian fashion landscape for over 20 years, maintaining a strong connection with European style and Elegance. The innovative concept of the fashion house that among other things offers a fully qualified team of personal stylists is one of a kind in Queensland, bridging the gap between European and Australian style.

Tamblyn Models: Founder of the agency, Pam Tamblyn, launched the agency on the Gold Cost in 1987, then moved to Brisbane in 1992. The agency is recognised by both locally, nationally and internationally. Models are costantly working overseas, from New York, to Milan, Paris to London, and across Asia...and New Zealand. Tamblyns are a family company, with a higly respectly training school and photographic studio as a part of their spring hill location.


Subfusco: Having officially launched in 2006 Brisbane menswear fashion label Subfusco, has grown from strength to strength, establishing itself as a prominent figure within the national and international industry. Built upon the cross-cultural ideal of European elegance and Australian comfort, Subfusco essentially seeks the contrast of sophistication and raw detailing, delivering customers a cutting-edge and unique product.

Assoc. Toscani nel Mondo: Our association was formed to provide social & cultural activities for Tuscan immigrants, their families & friends. It is recognized by Florence in Italy as Queensland’s official social & cultural organization for Tuscany. Each year, we promote the Tuscan culture by organizing dinners, lunches, exhibitions & various socio-cultural gatherings. The association keeps in constant contact with the Tuscan region & in particular one of its provincial cities: Lucca.

Patronato Inas: INAS Australia al servizio della comunita’ Italiana dal 1972.

Brisbane City Football Club: Brisbane City Soccer Club, now called Brisbane City Football Club as from December 2006, originated in the hearts and minds of a small number of Italian migrants who not only brought their culture to their adopted land but also an undying love for 'calcio' (football). After much deliberation, the 'Azzurri' Club was founded in 1952 and headquarters was set up at Kedron Park.

Bartercard: Bartercard is committed to helping Small to Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) grow and achieve financial success by facilitating a trade exchange network that offers dynamic and effective ways of conducting business. Although the concept of barter is thousands of years old, bartering through Bartercard is the most innovative way of combining modern technology, a community of businesses, and indirect and direct marketing channels to increase your customer base, increase sales, increase profit and improve cashflow.

Tastes of Italy Sponsors

Di Bella Coffee: With a combined experience of more than a decade, Di Bella expertly selects and roasts only the highest quality beans from around the world to produce full-bodied flavours and uniquely complex blends.

Euro Foods Qld: Euro Foods Qld Pty Ltd provides premium food products to the finest outlets. Our maxim emphasises our mission ‘Quality without Compromise’.

ItaliaQuore: At Italiquore, we import only the finest alcoholic beverages from Italy and around the world. We ensure our high quality of products and service by importing from companies that have the highest integrity and are well respected around the world. Our product line consists of a mix of fine sparkling wines, spirits and liqueurs.

Peroni Leggera: Peroni Leggera is a quality beer that is lower in carbohydrates and calories, launching globally in Australia on 25 February 2009. Peroni Leggera delivers a clean, smooth taste that embodies the sophisticated, Italian way of life whilst still retaining that unmistakable refreshing, crisp Peroni Nastro Azzurro taste. Australia will be the first market in the world to launch the new lager that will be targeted at 20-34 year old premium beer drinkers.

Angelo’s Fresh Pasta: Angelo’s Fresh Pasta Products has won many awards for their pasta products at the Sydney Royal Food Show and won the Pasta Championship for the 100% Durum Wheat Fresh Pasta category in 2003. Today, they supply the food service industry including restaurants, hotels, supermarkets, delicatessens and even corner stores. Angelo’s is now supplying Hog’s Breath Café Australia, the largest home-grown restaurant chain in Australia and New Zealand, with their Ricotta and Spinach Filled Tortelloni.

Dolci Sapori: Brisbane based patisserie Dolci Sapori offers customers a mouth watering selection of traditional Italian desserts. So authentic, following traditions which are centuries old, Dolci Sapori's authentic recipe's transport you straight to nonna's kitchen.


Spizzico Café Ristorante: Spizzico restaurant has now been operating for 18 months by Angelo and Silvana Di Bartolo. The restaurant industry is not news to the pair after owning previous restaurants. Angelo has been in the restaurant industry for over 25 years which gives him a perfect idea of what customers want. Angelo and Slivana’s background of Sicilian gives them an ideal plateau of what they need to know about the style of cuisine they offer.

Cortina Pizzeria: One of Brisbane’s hidden secret is Italian chef Vittorio Greco who runs the family restaurant Cortina Restaurant Pizzeria in Nundah village. His training as a chef in Tuscany, together with his co-chef & wife Barbara (also a qualified chef ) enables Vittorio to produce some of the most authentic Tuscan dishes you could ever find in Australia.

Bella Cosi: The restaurant’s quality-for-cost is a distinguishing factor as it has become established on the north side of the city. The day-to-day experience of running this fine little restaurant is handled by James McLean and enables him to create a rather unique Italian scene. He relishes the opportunity of taking all his Italian cooking skills and mixing them into the dishes which he prepares which make up the tantalising and fairly extensive Italian menu which he shares. Customers are particularly drawn to James’ special Scaloppine ai Funghi (main).

Cosi Ristorante Italiano: Cosi has been successfully operating in the very competitive hospitality industry for twelve years. All of the fresh produce used in our restaurant are products of Australia. Cosi uses Australian produce because of its high quality and also to support Australian industry. Cosi aims to provide quality food at reasonable prices. We offer an extensive take-away menu as well as one for children and can cater for special dietary needs.

Milano: Milano’s is an elegant outdoor café in the European tradition with an emphasis on excellent modern Italian cuisine and an extensive wine and beverage list including 12 boutique and imported beers on tap.

Arrivederci Pizzeria: Situated on the Euro influenced Park Road strip Arrivederci Pizzeria is a dynamic family restaurant renowned for its Italian cuisine. Acclaimed for its spirited soccer fever, Arrivederci brings a sense of uniqueness and diversity to the Park Road experience. The famous 1-metre pizza first made its mark on the pizza scene in 1980, opening its doors on the Gold Coast. Travelling from the Gold Coast to the heart of Brisbane, a second restaurant opened across the road from the current pizzeria. Three years later, in 1993, Arrivederci Pizza Al Metro opened, being the first pizzeria to serve pizza by the metre in Brisbane.