The news report that Rocco “Rocky” Pantaleo died in a road crash at St Kilda Junction gave me new insight into my favourite La Porchetta restaurant in North Carlton. I have written about it on this blog – see the link to that post at the bottom of this page or here.
I knew nothing of Rocco Pantaleo on my first visit there and have subsequently eaten there on a number of occasions still not realizing why it was decorated this way. I ate there because I liked the atmosphere and the pizzas.
I understand now that this was Mr Pantaleo’s flagship – his first restaurant. And I see why it is full of motor bikes and racing memorabilia. This was his passion. I’m told he was often in the restaurant so I may have seen him without realizing who he was. I believe many of the rich and famous have eaten there including Bill Clinton.
I live near the St Kilda Junction where he was killed on his way to the Grand Prix. I will never pass that way again without thinking of him and La Porchetta in North Carlton. I plan to visit the restaurant next week so I can eat another delicious pizza and raise a glass of red to memory of Rocco Pantaleo.
392 Rathdown Street
North Carlton – Phone 9347 8906
Tram 96 to East Brunswick.
It runs along Nicholson Street. Get off at Curtain Street and walk left, through to Rathdowne Street.
You can read the story in the Hearld Sun with this link
well im back from la porchetta in carlton and even though rocco wasn’t there the food was still beautiful and im glad to be booked in for my husbands birthday on the 26th november i know i cant go wrong. i miss rocco being there. apart from that, thank you to all the staff and management and we will see you all soon. lots of love lea xoxoxoxoxoxo