CAPPRICCIO’S Italian Restaurant at the Riverside Centre has been a Maleny institution since Phil and Sonya Venditti opened the restaurant in 1995. When Phil and Sonya retired three years ago, their children Tamara and Dominic, aka Tam and Dom, stepped up to take over the restaurant.
The Venditti family decided it was finally time to pass the restaurant onto a new owner and Vineeth Kotha purchased the business in June.
Vineeth, originally from NSW, moved to Maleny recently and is excited to be able to marry his love of cooking with the excitement of owning his own restaurant.
The best news for locals is that Vineeth has no plans to implement any drastic changes at Cappriccio’s.
“I really want to keep everything to the same high standard that locals have come to expect while learning from the best as Tam and Dom will be staying on and teaching me and my new team members the ropes for at least the next couple of months,” Vineeth said.
“I do have some ideas that I am wanting to try but we will be keeping the old favourites.
“I really just want to learn from the best how to keep making the food that everyone loves,” he said.
The Cappriccio’s staff will remain, including Tam and Dom (and sometimes even the supposedly retired Phil!), with Vineeth and his team of four simply extending the Cappriccio’s family.
Vineeth is looking forward to being a part of the Maleny and Cappriccio’s community and would love for you to drop in to say hi and meet him and his new team members.
Photo: Dominic and Tamara Venditti with new owner, Vineeth Kotha