Where Australia meets Italy

The cultured of Chicco Palms started where all good Italian restaurants start – with a pizza oven.


 See a Chicco Palms pattern initial palm by visiting a grill during 437 Henley Beach Road, Brooklyn Park. It is open each day from 11.30am, solely on Mondays when it is closed.

Venue co-owners Peter DeMarco, Silvia DeMarco, Phillip Tropeano, Natalie Albany, Ernesto Sestito and Domenic Maurici had gotten tighten to grouping that essential instrument, when Peter finished a call to James Brown – a engineer good famous for Africola, Parwana and Bali’s Motel Mexicola.

“When Pete and we started articulate about me apropos partial of a team, he pronounced a usually thing we have to do genuine discerning is send off a tile pattern for a oven since it takes 4 months to make and afterwards they have to boat it,” says James.

“So a oven was a start of a whole thing.”

Now ensconced in Chicco Palms’ kitchen, a beige tiled oven emblazoned with a palm tree and a venue’s name supposing a jumping off indicate for a whole-of-venue pattern that blends elements of Italian-Australian pattern with a splendid and open interior.    

“I wanted to anxiety a Italian homes with a brownish-red and cream section and from there it only started happening,” says James.

Almost immediately after conceptualizing a oven, James brought in Claire Markwick-Smith – an interior engineer he works with during MASH. Claire was still completing her interior pattern grade when she concluded to a collaboration, creation it her initial full-scale blurb project.

The pair’s interrelated strengths were essential to a successful fit-out of a eatery, that inhabits an aged Barnacle Bill’s premises on Henley Beach Road in Brooklyn Park.

“James has this extraordinary thoroughness on and knowledge with paint, and he unequivocally taught me how we can lift and supplement additional to a space only regulating small details,” says Claire.

James Brown’s sell moment

“And that total with my interior pattern preparation and my thoroughness on materials unequivocally worked.

“That’s because we have this multiple of cream brick, and we have a marble on a bar tops, and we have a lino, and we’ve got a zephyr blocks too. The final detailing of a paint to a materials unequivocally only finished it off.”

The brew of materials blends in with and draws on a surrounding community – something James and Claire wanted to compensate loyalty to in a restaurant’s aesthetic.

“We suspicion it was critical to play on a nostalgia of a area,” says Claire.

“And being out in a suburbs, it has to be directed during so many demographics – it needs to be receptive for all opposite ages, either you’re a family, either you’re in your 20s, either you’re a kid.”

Those materials also pronounce to a other executive impulse for a pattern – Italian-American eateries, that Peter DeMarco was penetrating to celebrate.

The colour palette started out by following this impulse too, though developed into something a small closer to home.

“We wanted beige chairs initially, though we couldn’t find them – so that was where a blue came from,” says Claire.

“And afterwards we came in here and we was going to paint a columns and walls all white, and afterwards we motionless we indispensable some blue,” says James. “And afterwards all a yellow things rocked adult and we was like, ‘oh my God, we have only finished Barnacle Bill colours’, though it’s good. It’s such a sell moment.”

The trademark too, happened after a array of connected events led to a solution. James came opposite a impulse for a purpose-made typeface while researching pizza ovens.

“I fundamentally combined a rise formed on one of a initial pizza ovens in Napoli,” he says. “They hand-tiled a oven and it had small numbers and things on it, and we only finished adult recreating a rise formed on that, and it’s all only formed on a tiled grid.

The purpose-built typeface

“Which we can see in a P – it’s unequivocally awkward, it only has that tile on a angle in a middle.”

Signature James Brown touches, like a wall picture behind a bar combined by James and Kaspar Schmidt Mumm, as good as framed photos by John Laurie backing a walls and custom-made branded crockery, finish a restaurant.

Mixing these somewhat offbeat elements with a now recognizable is what creates Chicco Palms’ pattern so zodiacally attractive.

No matter who is sitting down to eat – be it a organisation of 30 comparison adults who were there when CityMag visited, or a contingent of 20-somethings – they feel during home, and that’s unequivocally what a best restaurants are all about.

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