A LOVE of cooking has prompted a local resident to turn that love into a thriving business opportunity, as she moved to open Giovanna’s Cucina – offering a variety of Sicilian and Italian foods to add a new dimension to the businesses in the Home Hill Central Business District.
Giovanna Castorina has been interested in cooking “since I was six years old”, as she mainly followed in the footsteps of her Nunna, her father’s mother, who was of Sicilian heritage.
Married to Justin and with a three-year-old daughter, Ava, Giovanna started her cooking career from home, doing what she could while Ava was in Day Care.
She has now expanded to new premises at the 143 Eighth Avenue (at the corner of Tenth Street), which had been used in past years by her mother, Dr Narelle Martin, as a surgery, with opening times:
- Wednesdays 9am to 4pm
- Thursdays 9am to 7pm
- Fridays from 9am to 3pm
Giovanna also opens on one Sunday per month, depending on how the weeks fall.
She described her initial operations as “excellent”, with Lasagne being really popular with her customers.
She also supports local suppliers including butchers and the Bakery as well as obtaining produce from local farmers in season.
The business also carries other products in stock, such as spices to use in cooking, plants and candles, with everything being sourced locally.
Call in & talk to Giovanna about her products at 143 Eighth Avenue or phone her: 0439 816 874
Sugo alla Ragu:
Slow cooked tender chunky beef pieces in a tomato and basil pasta sauce.
Sugo all Bolognese:
Tender beef and pork mince slow cooked in a red wine and tomato pasta sauce.
Sugo di Salsiccia Siciliani:
Slow cooked Sicilian sausage meatballs, cooked in a creamy tomato chilli pasta sauce.
Sugo alla Norma:
Locally sourced eggplant, cooked in a tomato and basil pasta sauce. Traditional Sicilian. Vegan.
Sugo al Arrabbiata:
Locally sourced chilli, cooked in a tomato and basil pasta sauce. Vegan.
Creamy Bacon & Roast Capsicum Sugo:
Roast capsicum and smokey bacon, cooked in a creamy tomato pasta sauce
Creamy Bacon Sugo:
Smokey bacon, garlic and parmesan cheese in a creamy pasta sauce. Perfect with a filled pasta.
Named so by my Father. This soup has all goodness. Slow cooked tender beef and root vegetables. Perfect served with pasta and garlic bread.
Slow cooked beef mince in a rich tomato sauce, layered between a creamy cheese sauce and pasta sheets. Ready to be oven baked.
Roasted vegetables layered between a creamy cheese sauce and pasta sheets. Ready to be oven baked.