The Council of Italian Restaurants in Australia

Italian Earthquake Relief Dinner - Pilu at Freshwater
Thursday 15th September 2016, 7pm

Following the recent devastating earthquake in Italy, CIRA – the Council of Italian Restaurants, have organised a night of fundraising to help the survivors and families of the hundreds of people affected by the disaster.

Our chefs will prepare a three course menu from the town of Amatrice and the surrounding region of Lazio

There will also be a raffle on the evening with fantastic prizes donated by CIRA restaurants and our generous sponsors and supporters

All proceeds raised go to the Italian Red Cross to assist those in the affected regions.

For booking instructions and further information.

Pasta Amatriciana Donation to Earthquake Relief

A number of restaurants in Sydney are adding Amatriciana pasta to their menus to help raise money for Italy's Amatrice earth quake victims. 

Some of those participating are:

Pilu at Freshwater
Ormeggio at the Spit
Buon Ricordo
A Tavola
Via Alta


CIRA Awards 2016

The Council of Italian Restaurants in Australia aims to expand Italian culinary culture, increase public knowledge of both traditional and evolving values in Italian food and encourage informed experimentation in the industry. 

Due to the success of the CIRA ALMA Young Talent Award, CIRA has decided to run a second competition, ‘Cuochi si Nasce’ which will be open to chefs who are employed in an Italian restaurant.  This competition will be judged at the CIRA Cooking School inNovember on the same day as the Young Talent event.  These two competitions are a fantastic opportunity for chefs who have the chance to win some amazing prizes including travel and restaurant dining experiences.  Please encourage all your chefs to apply – the experience of participating in itself is invaluable – the chefs will have the chance to meet and receive feedback from the chefs who will be judging the competition.

CIRA Award Recipients Announced - October 2015

On Monday 27th October 2014 at Balla Modern Italian Restaurant the 2014 Young Talent Award Winner was announced.  Congratulations to Emanuele Pagliarini from Via Alta Restaurant.

Previous Events

Click here to watch a short video of the 'La Gran Grigliata'.

The current Officers and Executive Committee members are: 

President:  Giovanni Pilu
Vice President:  Alessandro Pavoni
Treasurer:  Anna Pavoni
Secretary:  Marilyn Annecchini

Committee Members:
Roberto Dessanti
Eugenio Maiale
Paolo Orso
Danny Russo
Gabriele Taddeucci
Piero Tantini
Giuseppe Zagari




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