As a young girl Rosa Mitchell (nee Pagano) and her family followed the many Italians who migrated from Sicily to Australia. Her family settled in West Footscray. She arrived in Australia from Sicily when she was seven years old and while her parents were working, she helped prepare meals for the family. Despite the miles between there and here, it is a surprisingly small step in kitchen miles. The table and stockpot are the same, cardoons and fennel still grow wild by the railway line and the extended family and neighbours gather to make salami once a year.
Rosa began working at ‘Gertrude Street Enoteca’ for her friend Brigitte Hafner, whom she had met through the local chapter of Slow Food. Soon she was running the kitchen at Journal Canteen, where she was given free rein; and her home-style Sicilian cooking was winning hearts and stomachs alike. With no formal training, Rosa cooks from her heart, from a life surrounded by food. Rosa Mitchell’s food is very special: simple, traditional, lovingly prepared and authentic.
Seasonal, traditional Italian food, served in a spacious, contemporary setting overlooking beautiful large trees.
After nearly four amazing years of trade at Rosa’s Kitchen, I have decided to close the doors. Unfortunately, due to a fire this happened a tad earlier than expected.
As a result we were unable to trade up to our planned closing date. Sincere apologies to all our guests who were booked in to dine, I am very sorry for the inconvenience caused. Any gift vouchers purchased for Rosa's Kitchen can be now used at Rosa's Canteen.
Opening and running Rosa’s Kitchen has been such an amazing experience, thanks to you, our loyal customers. I cannot thank you enough for your ongoing support.
I am, however, very excited to have more time to focus on my second venue Rosa’s Canteen and my farm in Yandoit. I really enjoy being able to personally grow produce that can be used in the restaurant and look forward to having more time to spend on this. There are also new ventures on the cards and we will keep you updated as these unfold.
Again, we can’t thank our loyal customers enough and look forward to hopefully seeing you at Rosa’s Canteen.