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Enrico Paterni & Orietta Ferraro are the two founders and managers of Rusco & Brusco. Enrico was born in Arezzo (Tuscany, Italy) however the whole family comes from the same town of Val di Chiana (land of the legendary Chianina steak) and from which the great Italian actor Roberto Benigni (Life is beautiful) was born, Castiglione Fiorentino. He moved to Prato, as Roberto did, at only four months old, and grew up in the Tuscan Apennines, in a village not far from the Mugello valley (40 km from Florence, 60 from Bologna). Thanks to his work as a radio journalist, Enrico moved to diferent Italian cities: Florence (Tuscany), Rimini (Romagna), Pesaro (Le Marche) and finally to Rome where he meets his wife Orietta. Orietta was born in Adelaide from Italian immigrants from Benevento but spent some years in Italy with Enrico divided between Tuscany, Emilia Romagna and Pesaro (Marche). Orietta has always been in the hospitality business. Her brother is one of four founding members of Cibo Espresso. Orietta worked for a long period with Cibo and put all her passion and efort into everything she did. In 2004 Orietta assisted in the training for the first Cibo store in Brisbane as well as being one of the first Barista at Cibo Espresso on Rundle St. Enrico and Orietta in fact arrive at Rusco and Brusco after many years with Cibo. Beginning at Norwood on The Parade, then moving to the Hyde Park store as managers, until opening their own Store on Hutt St. In just two years they managed to bring their store in the TOP 3 of the entire Cibo Espresso Australia. In June 2016 they exited from the franchise coming to realise their dream of opening something new in South Australia. The idea of the Tigelleria Osteria actually came about when they saw the incredible growth and demand for this product in Italy which was still non existent in Australia. A big thanks definitely goes to Mrs. Concetta Bartolini, Enrico’s neighbour in Toscana which was originally from Pavullo sul Frignano (Modena). Mrs. concetta is the one who prepared the Tigelle and Gnocco Fritto nearly every Sunday and divided them with Enrico’s family and other neighbours. The recipe that you can try today at Rusco and Brusco is precisely that of Mrs. Concetta from the hills of Modena which in turn has infected the Tuscan hills and now Australia.

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