The Council of Italian Restaurants in Australia

In 2004 twelve Italian-Australian restaurateurs met to form The Council of Italian Restaurants in Australia (CIRA) a not-for-profit organisation to promote the values of Italian food and perpetuate authentic Italian cuisine in Australia. This is inclusive of cultural and educational objectives. CIRA has been formed and is now consulting with others in the industry including restaurants, industry associates and friends to broaden membership, operating a cooking school and encouraging young apprentices to participate in the CIRA-ALMA Young Talent Award.



The CIRA AGM will be held at Casa Barilla on the 9th March 2015 at 10:30am.  Should you wish to nominate someone to vote on your behalf, please visit our Members page for proxy form.

Renewals Due

All memberships are due for renewal.  Please note that only paid up members are eligible to vote at the AGM. For renewal forms, please visit our Members page.

CIRA Young Talent Award Recipient Announced

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
Luigi Esposito
Eugenio Maiale
Paolo Orso
Danny Russo
Gabriele Taddeucci
Piero Tantini
Giuseppe Zagari




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