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Bourke Street Will Soon Be Home to a Permanent Memorial for Pellegrini's Legend Sisto Malaspina

The restaurateur's legacy is being remembered with a plaque and table outside his beloved Italian eatery.
By Libby Curran
November 08, 2019
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Bourke Street Will Soon Be Home to a Permanent Memorial for Pellegrini's Legend Sisto Malaspina

The restaurateur's legacy is being remembered with a plaque and table outside his beloved Italian eatery.
By Libby Curran
November 08, 2019
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A much-loved Melbourne legend is set to have his legacy memorialised, with a fitting permanent tribute set to be unveiled early next year. The City of Melbourne has today announced that a memorial table and plaque created in honour of the late Pellegrini's co-owner Sisto Malaspina will be installed out the front of his famed Bourke Street Italian restaurant. The news comes one year after the Melbourne hospitality pioneer was killed in the Bourke Street terrorist attack in November, 2018.

The table will be engraved with a portrait of Malaspina by acclaimed Melbourne illustrator Oslo Davis and the words "Sisto loved Melbourne – and Melbourne loved him back". It'll be placed streetside, where the Pellegrini's mainstay would often be found sitting, chatting and watching the world go by.

Some of the tributes left outside Pellegrini's after Malspina's death in November 2018.

Malaspina arrived in Melbourne from Italy in the 1960s, purchased Pellegrini's with his business partner Nino Pangrazio in 1974 and operated it together right up until Malaspina passed away last year. He was a familiar face for scores of locals and visitors, renowned for his generous personality and welcoming nature. And for decades, the venue he helped create has been one of the CBD's go-to Italian coffee bars and eateries, famed for its classic pasta and friendly vibe.

Malaspina's son David, who's in negotiations to purchase Pangrazio's half of the business, said in a statement that the family is proud of the memorial and he "look[s] forward to looking out of the window of Pellegrini's and watching people learn about Dad while enjoying a coffee at his table".

Find Pellegrini's Espresso Bar at 66 Bourke Street, Melbourne. It's open from Monday–Saturday 8am–11pm and Sunday 12–8pm. 

Published on November 08, 2019 by Libby Curran

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