Maurice Terzini was born in Melbourne, and moved to Pescara, in Abruzzo, at nine before moving back to Australia as a young man. He opened Caffè e Cucina in Melbourne in 1998, the first in a string of successful restaurants, the Melbourne Wine Room and Il Bàcaro among them. He left for Sydney in 1999 to open Otto, and now calls the city home, running Icebergs Dining Room & Bar, Da Orazio Pizza + Porchetta and The Dolphin Hotel, but his distinctive take on restaurantcraft, especially front-of-house, can be seen nationwide. This dish, he says, reminds him of growing up in Italy. Icebergs chef Monty Koludrovic offers a version of it with saffron, mint and rye crumbs at Icebergs, but this is Terzini's original. "This dish, in a way, is everything I'm about and the reason I love Italian food," he says.
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