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Your restaurant Caterina’s is inspired by your student days in Perugia, Italy. What was being in central Italy like? Incredible. Italy was Italy and the closest we had here was Lygon Street: parmigiana and carbonara, and probably bad versions as well. However in Perugia, I got to taste vitello tonnato, tortellini alla panna and real Roman-style pizza.

Yeah, it’s crazy. I bought the restaurant to save my job and all the staff. Because I’m in the corporate end of Melbourne, one client gave me $50,000, one gave me $20,000, one gave me $5000. Everybody gave me the money I needed to make the deposit: it was

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