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25 September 2020

ALTO Aperitivo Event

On Friday 25 September 2020, ALTO hosted an aperitivo event live in our attendee’s living room, complete with cheese and wine tasting.

As the current circumstances prevented us all being unable to travel to our favourite country Italy, ALTO, together with That’s Amore Cheese and Vino Bambino brought Italy into people’s living room!

Marco and Michelle Singarella from Vino Bambino started the evening, sharing with our guests the special wines that had been delivered to people’s houses. Everyone was then invited to pair award wining cheeses from That’s Amore Cheese with explanations from Giorgio Linguanti.

During the event we crossed live to a winery in Toscana where we were taught all about wine and cheese, and of course we also got a glimpse of the breathtaking Tuscan countryside.

Attendees were also treated to fresh ricotta cannoli as part of the aperitivo pack.

We hope everyone enjoyed ALTO’s first virtual aperitivo event, and thank you for supporting ALTO and our sponsors, That’s Amore Cheese and Vino Bambino.

Photos from the event can be found here. We look forward to seeing you all soon! A presto!

28 November 2019

ALTO's Property and End of Year event

ALTO Melbourne’s Property and End of Year Event

ALTO Melbourne hosted their final event of the year at Holding Redlich Lawyers on 28 November 2019. The event covered one of the most popular topics amongst our members and attendees – the property industry.

The event was a sell out as it featured incredible guest speakers being, the Hon. Richard Wynne from the Victorian Parliament, Sam Tarascio from Salta Properties, Fiona Slechten from Calibre Professional Services and Ross Pelligra from Pelligra Group.

Our guest speakers spoke about many topics related to the future of planning and development in Melbourne and how costs, oversupply of apartments, local councils, building codes and rules and the property market in general all play a vital part in the where property development will be in years to come. Our panellists were engaging and provided an interactive discussion, which allowed attendees to have their questions answered.

Brunetti supplied a satisfying feast full of savoury snacks and an oversupply of desserts and Vino Bambio Wines ensured a fun night was had by all. We thank all our sponsors, partners and Holding Redlich for allowing ALTO to host such a fantastic final event for the year.

Thank you to everyone who attended. The ALTO Committee wish everyone a merry Christmas and happy new year. We look forward to announcing ALTO’s 2020 event schedule in the new year.

19 September 2019

ALTO's annual Italians in Sport Dinner

Caterina’s Cucina E Bar was absolutely buzzing at our Italians in Sport Annual Dinner on 19 September 2019. With the evening hosted by the one and only Michael Zappone, it was an entertaining and interesting night for the 80 plus guests that came along.

Guests were spoilt with an amazing selection of food and wine provided by some of ALTO’s best sponsors, Twelve BottlesFloridia Cheese and Bertocchi. We heard interviews with Alessandro Diamanti, Italiano professional footballer for Western United as well as Tom Petroro being one of the most prominent AFL player managers. Both panellists provided good insight into both the soccer and AFL world, with Tom Petroro teasing guests with some stories that have occurred with his represented players as well as sharing the non glamorous side AFL players also go through and how all aspects of a players life needs to be managed with professionalism. Our very own ALTO committee member David La Greca also interviewed Michael Zappone which allowed guests insight into his diverse career.

The evening also featured the much loved live auction featuring one off sports memorabilia.  Some of the big ticket items included a Valentino Rossi signed helmet, a Cannavaro signed jumper as well as  AFL memorabilia  for various teams. With over 10 items sold ALTO was able to raise funds for a nominated charity.

A huge thankyou to all our guest for attending our favourite event of the year and of course to the team at Caterina’s Cucina E Bar for providing what all our guests love most, a delicious Italian feast. We can’t wait for this event again next year and hope to see you all for another night filled with good food and even better company.

31 July 2019

Wellness for Work, Study and Life!

On 31 July 2019 the Schiavello showrooms played host to ALTO’s first event focused on the all-important topic of ‘wellness’.

In today’s society where exceeding goals and reaching success is paramount, especially in the lives of young professionals, panellists Dr Anonthy Mariani (Consultant Physician in Gastronterolgy and Internal Medicine), Nathan Minicozzi (Founder of Sumati Wellness) and Dr Romina Troiani (Chiropractor at Oak Park Family Chiropractic) reminded us that everyone’s main goal should be to pursue their own good health.

Through things like the med-diet, mindfulness, exercise, healthy functioning, and making positive choices a healthy lifestyle that is more likely to lead to long-term success can be created.

Thanks to Schiavello for allowing members and attendees into their beautiful space, Dr David Bolzonello for presenting the panellists and all who attended for making the night a success.

Photos of the event can be found on ALTO’s facebook page here.

After such an informative night we hope to see you all at the next ALTO event in better shape than ever!

21 December 2018

ALTO's 5th Birthday EOY Celebration and 2019 Outlook

On Thursday 29 November 2018, ALTO celebrated its fifth year anniversary with an end of year function held at The Trust, Flinders Lane.

Many people, from members to friends and associates, came along to not only celebrate the association’s achievements over the last five years, but also to show their support for the association which connects people from various industries who share a mutual interest in and respect for their Italian heritage.

ALTO’s President, Steven Perri, took the time to thank all members of the committee for their hard work, and the sponsors and partners for their support.

“Five years ago we organised our first event and we didn’t know if anyone would show up; today we have a strong network of members, partners and sponsors and this is a great success for us.”

ALTO would like to thank all its members for contibuting to a successful year in 2018.

In 2019, ALTO will continue to build the young Australian-Italian business network, and support its members through targeted networking events and functions.

Watch this space for the ALTO’s next event, scheduled for March 2019.

29 October 2018

Planning Melbourne for the Future

ALTO held an interactive networking event, Planning Melbourne for the Future, on Wednesday 24 October at Holding Redlich.

The evening began with a presentation from Rob Burgess (National Director of Research, Charter Keck Cramer) who discussed the latest trends in the residential, retail and industrial markets in Victoria. Paolo Lavisci (Program Development Manager, WoodSolutions) then provided insight in using wood as an innovative solution in building design, while Joseph Monaghan (Planning Partner, Holding Redlich) covered upcoming legislative changes in environmental law and contamination. Following the presentations, guests were able to engage in an interactive panel discussion with the presenters and enjoy delicious food from Brunetti.

Thanks to our sponsors Holding Redlich, Brunetti and Symon Bros Construction for their ongoing support of ALTO.

01 October 2018

Italians and Food - Professional Networking Event

ALTO held it’s second networking event for 2018 on Thursday 6 September, hosted by Pitcher Partners at their new offices in Docklands.

Caterina Borsato of Caterina’s Cucina e Bar hosted the panel discussion, where Johnny Di Francesco (400 Gradi), Peter Mastro (Saluministi) and Marco Singarella (Vino Bambino) spoke about establishing their food businesses and the changing food culture in Melbourne.

This fun-filled evening saw over 170 attendees participate in activation stations and enjoyed complimentary tastings of well-known and innovative established Italian food and wine brands.

Thanks to our sponsors Pitcher Partners, Manton Creek Estate Winery, The Coffee Group and Il Pasticcino, as well our ALTO members and attendees, for making the event a success.

27 August 2018

Italians in Sports - Annual Dinner

ALTO held its 5th annual Italians in Sport dinner on Wednesday, 8 August 2018, at Caterina’s Cucina e Bar in the Melbourne CBD. It proved to be a most enjoyable and entertaining night, once again hosted by well-known sports broadcaster, Tony Schibeci.

This year’s event was highlighted by some wonderful interviews with three very engaging special guests. AFLW premiership player and WNBL premiership player, Monique Conti, showed maturity beyond years as she spoke of the challenges she has faced to already become a leading professional sportswomen in Australia. We heard some riveting stories from Simon Prestigiacomo about his career at the Collingwood Football Club, including his relationship with Mick Malthouse and the previously untold amazing story about Presti’s missed grand final in 2010. Finally, we heard some fascinating insights about the state of football (soccer) in Australia from one of its leading statesman, sports entrepreneur Lou Sticca, who is responsible for bringing some of the biggest names (including Alessandro Del Piero) and biggest teams to Australia.

The evening also featured a special live auction featuring items signed by the likes of Federer, Nadal, Schumacher, Ronaldo and Dustin Martin. The biggest hit of the auction was Valentino Rossi’s signed helmet, which fetched a whopping $1600. Approximately $550 was raised for the Cabrini Italians of Melbourne charitable foundation.

A very special thank you to all our guests and to the entire team at Caterina’s – particularly Caterina Borsato and Elena Leardini – for all their hospitality and ensuring that our 90-odd guests were kept well-fed and well-hydrated throughout the evening! A huge thank you must also go to our event sponsors, without which the evening wouldn’t be possible: Bertocchi, That’s Amore Cheese, Vino Bambino, Roasting Warehouse Coffee and Gallery of Legends.

13 April 2017

The Future of Print Media Event

ALTO’s first big event for the year was held on Wednesday, 12 April 2017 at the PKF accounting firm in the Melbourne CBD. Keynote speaker for the evening was Domain CEO, Antony Catalano, who provided a tale of his own career but also of the state of the print and electronic media industry. The focus of the evening was largely on the future of the media and it sought to explore the key challenges (and opportunities) that have impacted on the way traditional media now operates. Antony provided some fascinating insights into the media and he is a clear game-changer given his role with building Domain (owned by Fairfax). We were also fortunate to have a panel which provided some great colour and genuine discussion around the theme. The panel consisted of Catalano as well as Macquarie Media’s Rob Gilbert, the owner of Il Globo and Rete Italia, Julius Larobina and journalist/historian Ivano Ercole from Segmento Magazine. Thanks to PKF for their invaluable support of ALTO and particularly this event.

25 November 2016

Property Event

Law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth played host to the final ALTO event of 2016 on Thursday, 24 November for a blockbuster “Smart Cities” event. Attendees heard from a panel of industry experts, which featured Adrian Pozzo (Cbus), Rob Papaleo (Charter Keck Cramer), Tony Di Domenico (Places Victoria) and Mario D’Elia (PwC), as they discussed the key challenges and opportunities in building smart cities in Australia and worldwide. This meant a core focus on people, housing, technology, innovation, infrastructure and urban development, at a political, economic, social and architectural level.   Our thanks to Joseph Barbaro (Corrs) for leading and hosting the event.

18 August 2016

Politics Event

As leader of the Greens, Senator Richard Di Natale is the first Italo-Australian to lead a major political party in Australia. On Wednesday, 17 August 2016, he was the keynote speaker at the ALTO Politics Breakfast at Society Restaurant in the Melbourne CBD. The well-respected Senator was previously a general practitioner and health specialist before entering politics. Given his broad life experience, Senator Di Natale spoke with MC Tony Tardio (Radio 3AW) about his career journey, as well as giving an insight into what makes him tick. We are most appreciative of Senator Di Natale for making the time in his busy schedule to make this a most memorable business breakfast.

30 June 2016

Italian Team of the Century Q&A

A real highlight on the ALTO calendar since the very beginning has been its extremely popular Sports events. On 29 June 2016 we headed to Society Restaurant for the latest edition with former AFL stars Paul Dimattina (Footscray/Western Bulldogs) and Steve Alessio (Essendon). They discussed with MC for the evening, Tony Schibeci, their Italian cultural heritage as well as the intersection between their identity and football, and also provided some very humorous anecdotes from their playing careers. Carlton FC President Mark Lo Giudice offered some valuable insights into his own role and the challenges around leading a football club. Our thanks to the team at Society, our speakers and Tony Schibeci for again steering attendees through a most entertaining event.

10 May 2016

Italian Gala Dinner 2016

6.30pm – 12.00am, Saturday 11th of June 2016
Palladium Ballroom / Crown Towers
Black Tie

  • Begin by setting the scene with an authentic Italian Aperitivo curated by the inimitable DOC Gastronomia Italiana in collaboration with Bertocchi Smallgoods and Fratelli Beretta
  • Be spellbound by classic Italian opera beautifully performed by the Victorian Opera Company
  • Be transported by the power of the moving image and the allure of cinema with the premier of ACMI’s homage to legendary film director Martin Scorsese
  • Be swept away by an exclusive preview of Via Montenapoleone’s Roberto Cavalli, Just Cavalli, Versace and Dolce & Gabbana couture and ready-to-wear fashion and accessories
  • Be captivated by live Italian jazz tunes by Radiosuccessi and dance the night away to the rhythms of DJ Ryan Griffith

Fine Italian-inspired cuisine and specially selected wines.
Zagame Automotive Lamborghini display – Italian automotive design at its finest.
Win a Vespa in our exciting lottery plus more great prizes in our raffle!
Live and silent auction.

Your attendance will also support My Room, a dedicated organisation founded to raise awareness of the plight of children suffering from cancer and to support the Royal Children’s Hospital Cancer Centre.
Proceeds from the evening’s live and silent auctions, lottery and raffle will be donated to My Room.

Tickets $240 pp
Table of 10 $2,400
VIP Table of 10 $3,500

Click here to make your booking.
RSVP by Friday, 3rd of June

For enquiries contact Perfect Events at or ICCI Melbourne at

11 March 2016

Speed Networking Event

ALTO hosted its first event for 2016 on Thursday, 10 March at the Deutsche Bank offices in the Melbourne CBD. This special speed networking event was designed to allow attendees to meet as many people as possible, particularly those with similar backgrounds and interests. Delicious wine flowed and there was an abundance of gourmet cheese. The event fostered many new relationships within the Italo-Australian community. Our warmest thanks to Deutsche Bank for its sponsorship.

30 November 2015

Christmas Party

On Thursday 26th November, the ALTO Community gathered to celebrate a successful year for the Association. The 2015 ALTO Christmas Party was held at Il Duca (132 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne), where 100 people enjoyed delicious homemade Italian food and great company. Santa also came early; a credit to the generosity of ALTO’s sponsors, we were able to hand out gift bags featuring various product samples and discount vouchers to our guests.

25 November 2015

Community and Business Forum Lunch

ALTO is committed to helping understand and address some of the main issues facing the Italian community in Australia. We owe a duty to assist older generations who have gone before us, and to serve as custodians of Italian traditions and customs for future generations.

One of the obvious challenges facing the Italian community in the past has been its fragmentation. As an independent association, ALTO is well-placed to bring together various community and business leaders to help inform policy around issues facing Italian-Australians. As part of a submission to the Victorian Multicultural Commission, ALTO organised a Community and Business Leaders Forum Lunch at law firm Holding Redlich. Our thanks to Holding Redlich’s Managing Partner Lou Farinotti and Senior Associate Louise Farinotti for their ongoing support of ALTO.

The lunch, led by ALTO President John Persico, provided a unique forum for guests to share their feelings, frustrations and hopes for the Italian community in the 21st century. While confusion around dual identity, loss of language and a vacuum of leadership were acknowledged, there remained a great sense of energy and optimism in what was possible to create moving forward with the next generation of Italian-Australians. The discussion from the Lunch, as well as the results of an Issues Survey circulated to the broader ALTO Community (which gathered 100 responses) will be published on the ALTO website in early 2016.

04 September 2015

Italians in Sport

September is traditionally an important month in the Australian sporting calendar. Fittingly, on Wednesday 2nd September 2015, ALTO hosted its annual Italians in Sport Dinner. The special sit-down dinner was held for the second consecutive year at Caterina’s Cucina e Bar (221 Queen St, Melbourne) and heralded another successful event for ALTO with the room brimming with 100 guests. The success of the event can be largely attributed to the support and patronage of the following special guests, who helped fill the venue and regaled guests with stories from their respective lives in sport:

  • AFL Legend Ron Barassi;
  • Matildas Co-Captain and Melbourne City W-League star Lisa De Vanna;
  • Luca Scribani Rossi (1982 Italian Bronze Medal winner and 2000 Australian Shooting Coach);
  • Essendon FC Premiership Player Steve Alessio
  • Melbourne Victory Captain Carl Valeri
  • Melbourne City FC Assistant Coach Luciano Trani
  • Broadcaster and host Tony Schibeci

ALTO would like to thank the above special guests, the various sponsors of the evening (wine sponsor Enoteca Sileno, coffee by Di Bella, sparkling water by Vittoria Water, antipasti by Bertocchi, desserts by Brunetti), and also its members and attendees for making the night such a big success. Photos are available on the ALTO Facebook page. A special thanks to restaurateur and culinary icon Caterina Borsato for her and her team’s brilliant hospitality and outstanding food.

31 July 2015

Property & Construction

Italians are well-known for their fascination with food, fashion and fast cars. Yet there’s always been another great obsession for many Italians – property. Indeed, so extensive has the influence of Italian-Australians in the property market, particularly over the last 60 years, that they have essentially helped shape the landscape of Melbourne. Companies like Grocon, Schiavello and Salta Properties were profiled at our 2014 event, and so successful that was, that we were overwhelmed with demand from the ALTO Community to hold a follow-up evening in 2015.

BMW Melbourne (118 City Road, Southbank) again played fabulous host to the ALTO Property and Construction event, which saw 230+ Italian-Australians come together to hear from leading industry figures. Our special thanks to our panel of speakers, who together, collectively share more than 80 years of experience:

The panel, led by ICCI President Tony De Domenico, explored many of the hot-button issues facing younger Australians seeking to enter the property market, as well as regulatory challenges for local and state governments.

Thank you to Vino Bambino team for their provision of delicious Italian wines for the event. We also note that this occasion marked the commencement of a formal Memorandum of Understanding signed between ALTO and the Italian Chamber of Commerce, a relationship thriving off shared community and business-minded values and objectives.

01 May 2015


There’s probably no greater unifier for Italians than food. The Italian love affair with food doesn’t just revolve around eating – some of the world’s most popular brands and foods are also produced in Italy. On Thursday 30th April, more than 220 people packed into Society Restaurant (23 Bourke St, Melbourne) for a celebration of Italians and Food. The event was proudly sponsored by Bertocchi, Barilla, leading restaurateur Paul Dimattina and Vostro Private Wealth, with wine provided by Vino Bambino. Guests were treated to fresh-cooked paste and risotti from Barilla, and some incredible cured meats by Bertocchi – and there was certainly no shortage on hand!

The networking event was more than just eating though, it was also about learning of the great cultural and entrepreneurial successes Italians have enjoyed in food and hospitality. It was a pleasure to have Tony Rapone (Marketing & Merchandise Manager at Bertocchi) and Peter Napolitano (Barilla’s Victorian General Manager) share their iconic companies’ stories, and for FMCG industry expert Laurie Cavallo to discuss in detail various issues and challenges facing food producers.

Thank you to Hoyts Food for generously donating various hampers for a business card raffle, and to Barilla for providing pasta samples for guests to take home.

28 February 2015

University Mentoring

ALTO’s 2015 events calendar kicked off on a warm February evening with a Mentoring networking session held at York Butter Factory(62 King St, Melbourne). Around 80 people attended the event, which was targeted mainly at university students and young professionals looking to take the next step in their careers. ALTO is a community whose mission is to support, connect and celebrate our leaders of today and tomorrow. What was quite pleasing was that there was no shortage of mentors willing to offer advice to the next generation.

ALTO Committee Member Joseph Valente reiterated the value of mentoring in his welcoming remarks, owing to the role it played in his own personal and professional development. The event was part of ALTO’s Strengthening Multicultural Communities grant from the Victorian Multicultural Commission, and reflected the association’s ongoing determination to engage young, talented Italian-Australians. Our special thanks to Brunetti for catering the event.

16 November 2014

ALTO "Italians in Sport" Event

On Wednesday, 5th September 2014 ALTO hosted its inaugural “Italians in Sport” function, a sit-down dinner at Caterina’s Bar e Cucina at 221 Queen St, Melbourne. Caterina Borsato is a well-known and highly respected figure in the Italian community, due in part to her success as a restaurateur but also for the last decade hosting the Saturday night television show ‘Regional Italian Cuisine’ on Channel 31.

The night marked ALTO’s first ever paid event – generally it is important to the Committee that we make all our events as universally accessible as possible. Our 90 guests (completely packing out the restaurant!) were treated to two amazing courses, with entirely freshly-sourced produce.

Of course the reason all were gathered was to meet and to celebrate some of the great Italian-Australians who have contributed to the sporting landscape over the last 50 years. Italians have a rich history in Australian representative sport, at all levels in all kinds of fields. And so it was that we welcomed a very diverse group of people who have performed at an elite level. We thank SEN 1116 Radio’s Tony Schibeci for his generous offer to MC the event – he had literally stepped off a plane some 24 hours after covering the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Tony is a consummate professional and regaled the audience with his detailed knowledge of sporting history, and ability to interact with all our guests who come from such different sporting backgrounds. Each had a chance to interact with Tony in a brief interview before answering questions from the floor.

We were joined by former South Melbourne/St Kilda VFL player Silvio Foschini and his son Matt (former Melbourne Victory, currently Salgaocar FC in India’s Premier Soccer League), and each recounted their experiences growing up and moving into professional sport. Former Socceroos National Team player Simon Colosimo as well as Matt Foschini both enjoy playing in India’s Soccer League and had some interesting tales from their time on the sub-continent!

Carlton has a rich connection historically with the Italian community, and so it was that were lucky to have current Carlton President Mark Lo Giudice in attendance as well as a key club figure, historian Tony De Bolfo and long-serving Carlton star Andrew Carrazzo. Santo Pascuzzi is ranked in the Top 5 in the world for the sport of Bocce and explained to guests how he fell in love with the game, and his plan to help it thrive in the next generations of Italian-Australians. Tony D’Alberto and John Caniglia are starting up Team Italia Motorsport in the V8s in 2015, and were fantastic contributors to ALTO’s Sports Event. Gavin Crosisca (former Collingwood player) and Melbourne Storm General Manager of Football Frank Ponissi also came down and we appreciate their attendance.

The real highlight of the night was the presence and contribution of AFL Legend Ron Barassi to the evening. Ron had the audience in raptures and mesmerised by his tales on and off-field, from his past 60 years in football. We are grateful to Ron and his manager Max for being such a great support of ALTO and its various initiatives, including the upcoming mentoring program.

ALTO also wishes to thank Ian Deiana (Twelve Bottles Wine), Vilma D’Aprano (Di Bella Coffee) and Tony Muratore (San Pellegrino) for providing all the drinks for the evening. It’s the kind of generous support of Ian, Vilma and Tony that helps ALTO host such well-received Italian community events – we certainly encourage you to contact them if you have any needs. Caterina prides herself and her staff on taking visitors on a culinary journey of Italy, and at our ALTO event the food was first-class. Thanks to Caterina, her manager Shane, and all the staff for their outstanding hospitality and service throughout the night.

A terrific evening with great spirit and energy in the room – for those keen, we are already planning to run a similar event in 2015!

If you’d like to get involved with ALTO’s Mentoring Program or to support future ALTO initiatives, please email us:

15 June 2014

ALTO Property and Construction: A Wonderful Evening at BMW

On 5 June 2014, ALTO hosted its inaugural Property and Construction Event at BMW Southbank. Guests were treated to a magnificent evening of speeches, wine and drinks by our gracious sponsors BMW. Following a short greeting by BMW’s wonderful Greg Agosta, a discussion between some of Australia’s major property heavyweights was MC’d by ALTO President John Persico.

Salta’s Sam Tarascio, Schiavello’s Rob Tigani and Grocon’s Joe Brinzi discussed the heartwarming stories behind these family businesses, in their quest for success. They discussed the instrumental role of hard work, family and luck in bringing them to where they are today, drawing on the rich Italo-Australian family history of each of the company founders.

The state of the Melbourne property market was also a hot topic, with questions posed around what the future of the apartment market was, and the effect of foreign buyers in Melbourne.

Overall the night was ALTO’s biggest yet, with hundreds of guests in attendance, filling out the BMW showroom. Property seems to be quite a hot topic amongst attendees so we will be sure to repeat the event in 2015 – be sure to be in attendance as we’re looking forward to seeing you there.

13 February 2014

ALTO 2014 Provisional Calendar

Ciao a Tutti!

Thanks to everyone for making our first event an amazing one.

By now you’ve all surely had a chance to look at the photos of the event on our Facebook page and catch up with some of the people you met there.

We’re excited to announce our events line up for 2014! You can find the entire events calendar here:

2014 ALTO Events Calendar Victoria

Keep in mind that this is a provisional calendar only but you will all receive an email shortly about our Wine Event being held on Thursday 27 February 2014.

Let us know via Facebook if you have any comments!

21 October 2013

Lygon Street Carlton Italian Festa 2013 – THINGS TO DO

The new association, Australian-Italian Leaders of Tomorrow (ALTO), is celebrating their inauguration at this year’s Carlton Lygon Italian Festa. Join like-minded Australian-Italian professionals and entrepreneurs over on Sunday 27th October 2013 at Piazza Italia on Lygon Street Carlton between 11:00am and 9:00pm.


Get to know our ALTO Leadership committee and other members. Find out about the many events and opportunities that the new Association will offer to its members. Our inaugural launch event, sponsored by Brunetti and Holding Redlich, will be run shortly after the Carlton Italian Festa and invitations are available from our stall.

Our stall will also have a number of other goodies and free food, not to mention the Festa itself will have plenty of other things to do, with Carlton’s best on show including some of Melbourne’s best foodies and a number of international guests. Don’t miss this opportunity to join us in celebrating the rich history and heritage of the Italian community in Australia, and we hope to see you soon.


1) Listen To Patrizio – Italian singing worldwide superstar vocalists flown from Italy especially for the Festival

2) Grab some Italian food – Brunetti, DOC, Woodstock, 400 Gradi – so many other great eateries too

3) Visit the Gelato World Tour station – everyone loves ice-cream

4) Italian Food Demonstration – Pasta, Cakes – Nothing beats beautiful hand-made Italian cuisine. Learn how it’s done.

5) Laugh – with comedian Joe Avati!

6) Italian Luxury Cars – Look out for the super cars – Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini and Alfa Romeo!

For a full program of events, visit:

Information Details

Don’t forget, the date and details for the Carlton Italian Festa are:

Sunday 27th October 2013

Piazza Italia

Lygon Street Carlton

11:00am – 9:00pm

04 October 2013

Brunetti and Holding Redlich to sponsor ALTO Launch Event

We are delighted to announce that the invitation-only launch event for the new ALTO Leaders association will be sponsored by two long-term major supporters of the Italian Community in Australia – Brunetti and Holding Redlich.

About Brunetti (Official Catering)
Multi award-winning Brunetti is one of Australia’s most iconic places to visit to indulge in delicious Italian style coffee and cuisine. Brunetti is widely-regarded as one of Melbourne’s finest Italian cafés.
The new Brunetti premises at 380 Lygon Street Carlton are among the most celebrated in the Australian-Italian Community – catering to a wide range of celebration cakes and desserts, savoury, chocolates, and caffé.

Established in 1985, Brunetti also has popular cafés across Melbourne’s City Square, Myer Melbourne, Camberwell, Singapore and Dubai.

ALTO has partnered with Brunetti as their vision, passion, entrepreneurship and family-values exemplify the characteristics that ALTO Leaders can aspire towards. Visit

About Holding Redlich (Official Venue)
Holding Redlich is a leading Australian commercial law firm that offers practical business-oriented advice. Holding Redlich has worked closely with the Italian Community across Australia for over 40 years.

Holding Redlich focuses on relevant issues and ensure genuine cost efficiency by using only those resources that are necessary to successfully resolve those issues.

The firm also provides ongoing pro-bono and community support for the Public Interest Law Clearing House, the Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre and Arts Law Centre.

ALTO has partnered with Holding Redlich as their tireless commitment to the Italian business community and non-for-profit sector is aligned to our values that ALTO Leaders pursue excellence in every way. Visit

Please register for the ALTO Launch Event here:

03 October 2013

ALTO: Tomorrow’s Italian-Australian Leaders

Summary: Launching in October 2013, ALTO will play an important role in the future growth and development of Young Australian-Italian Community. ALTO is a powerful young association that brings together the best and brightest talent from a wide-range of industries and sectors. We help outstanding young leaders and innovative entrepreneurs find the right opportunities to grow and succeed long-term.

RE: Establishment of ALTO – the Australian-Italian Leaders of Tomorrow

We are pleased to announce that in October 2013 we will be launching a new Australian-Italian Young Leaders of Tomorrow (ALTO) association. Our mission is to become the leading independent organisation to connect and support Young Italian Business leaders and the wider community in Australia. Our initial focus will be on Melbourne.

We are targeting high-performing young professionals (typically 18-40 years old) in professional disciplines, particularly Law, Accounting, Consulting, Engineering, Finance, Marketing, Academia, Industry, Start-ups and Family Businesses. There is a large cross section of high-performing young Italian-Australian professionals similar to us with proud Italian heritage who want to connect but have no straightforward or clear way of doing so. We believe it would be a vibrant and unified Chapter for the Italian- Australian Community to proudly celebrate for many generations ahead. Historically professionals of Italian heritage have been hesitant to celebrate their cultural background within their chosen discipline. We aspire to offer all people of Italian lineage a forum to acknowledge their roots within their chosen discipline as well as the wider Australian business environment with quiet respect to their common heritage.

Our core activities will be:
1. Business Networking Events;
2. Succession Planning (including business directory and helping small-to-medium Italian businesses identify future talent and establish a presence in their marketplaces); and
3. Community Support (including Italian caring and volunteering support).

ALTO invites and welcomes young professionals to join. We have engaged key stakeholders, including the Italian Chamber of Commerce Melbourne, Italian Consulate Generale and COASIT. We have a committed, highly-skilled and commercially experienced Steering Committee to make this vision happen. We will have an independent governance structure and engage collaboratively to support our wider Italian-Australian Community. ALTO Membership is free.

Next Steps

We will be holding an inaugural Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday 31st October 2013 at leading law firm Holding Redlich (Level 8, 555 Burke Street, Melbourne) from 6:00pm-9:00pm. The event will be catered and sponsored by Brunetti. We have attached an RSVP invitation or alternatively you can e-mail your attendance to: If this concept is of interest to you, your family members, friends or colleagues and you wish to participate – we welcome you to join us on the night to have an influence in its direction.

If you know young professionals who may be interested in joining, we gladly welcome their registration at If you’re interested in sponsoring or generally supporting upcoming activities, feel free to phone, email or write to us at the address below. For direct questions, please call ALTO President, John Persico (+61 402 355 406).

Thank-you kindly for your time and consideration Carla.

Yours sincerely,

ALTO Steering Committee

John Persico
Steven Perri
Louise Farinotti
Joseph Valente
Matthew Persico

RE: Creazione di italo-australiani imprenditori di domani
Siamo lieti di annunciare che in ottobre 2013 lanceremo una nuova rete di italo-australiani imprenditori di domain (ALTO). La nostra missione è di diventare organizzazione indipendente leader dell’Australia per connettersi e sostenere i giovani imprenditori italiani e la comunità più ampia.

Noi stiamo prendendo di mira performante giovani professionisti (in genere di età 18-40 anni) in discipline, particolarmente legge, contabili, Consulting, ingegneria, finanza, Marketing, accademico, industria, Start-up e imprese di famiglia. Ci sono letteralmente migliaia di alte prestazioni professionisti giovani italiani business/commerce simili a noi con orgoglioso patrimonio italiano e identità italiana che vogliono connettersi. Noi crediamo che sarebbe un capitolo vibrante, potente, unificato per australiano comunità italiane celebrare con orgoglio per molte generazioni a venire.

La nostra attività core saranno:
1. Business Networking Events
2. Commercio & investimento
3. Successione Planning (tra cui business directory, aiutare le piccole e medie imprese italiane)
4. Età cura (compreso volontariato sostegno e cura italiana)

ALTO invita giovani professionisti di aderire. Noi abbiamo impegnato principali parti interessate, tra cui l’italiana camera di commercio di Melbourne, italiano Consolato Generale e COASIT. Abbiamo un comitato direttivo commercialmente esperti, altamente qualificati ed impegnati a rendere questa visione accadere. Avremo una struttura di governance indipendente e impegnarsi in collaborazione per sostenere la nostra comunità italo-australiana. ALTO l’iscrizione è gratuita.

Ci sarà in possesso un incontro generale annuale (AGM) inaugurale su giovedi 31 ottobre 2013 presso Holding Redlich (555 Burke Street, Melbourne) dalle 06.00-9:00. L’evento sarà approvvigionato e sponsorizzato da Brunetti. Ci hanno attaccato un invito RSVP o in alternativa e-mail la vostra presenza a:

Se sai di giovani professionisti che potrebbero essere interessati a partecipare, abbiamo volentieri benvenuto loro registrazione presso Se siete interessati a sponsorizzare o generalmente sostenendo attività imminenti, sentitevi liberi di telefono, e-mail o inviare lettera postale al seguente indirizzo. Per domande dirette, si prega di chiamare John Persico (0402 355 406).

Grazie gentilmente per il vostro tempo e la considerazione.

ALTO Comitato
John Persico
Steven Perri
Louise Farinotti
Joseph Valente
Matthew Persico

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VIC  /  SA


11 December 2019

ALTO South Australia End of Year Event

ALTO South Australia hosted its end of year event last Wednesday 11th of December at the new home of Solitaire Alfa Romeo. Guests were treated with amazing products from our sponsors with the award winning Serafino Wines, canapes by Kinetto, coffee by Segafredo Zanetti, water by San Pellegrino and cookies by Vladi Good Cookies.

In a strong turnout, ALTO South Australia Committee thanked all the attendees for their support throughout the first year of operation in South Australia, and the committee highlighted some of the new events install for 2020 – including a Women in Business Event planned for early-2020.

The Hon David Pisoni Minister for Skills and Industry was present on the night representing the Premier the Hon Steven Marshall, and Ms Andrea Michaels MP was representing the leader of the opposition the Hon Peter Malinauskas. Guests were entertained throughout the remainder of the evening with a live acoustic trio by All About Her Music.

ALTO South Australia wishes to thank our sponsors Serafino Wines, Segafredo Zanetti, San Pellegrino, Vladi Good Cookies, Kinetto, PKF and Solitaire Alfa Romeo.

25 July 2019

Italy and South Australia Discovering Space Together

The South Australian chapter of ALTO held it’s first major event since its official launch on Thursday 25 July 2019, held at PKF Adelaide.

The event discussed the space industry and the importance this industry has in developing new technologies that improve society and foster international colloboration.

Guests were greeted by the Speaker of the House the Hon Vincent Tarzia MP representing the Premier and the leader of the Opposition Mr Peter Malinauskas MP. Other guests included the Italian Consul Mrs Roberta Ronzitti and the Italian Chamber of Commerce Sydney CEO Mrs Rachele Grassi.

The panel was chaired by Mr Mike Davis AO (former Chair of the Australian Space Industry Association and pioneer in pushing South Australian space sector), Prof Nicola Sasanelli (Director of the SA Space Industry Centre), Mr Mark Ramsey (General Manager of SITAEL Australia) and Ms Rachele Grassi (CEO of the Chamber of Commerce).

ALTO would like to thank our sponsors PKF, Serafino Wines and Solitaire Alfa Romeo, as well as all our guests who attended.

The South Australian chapter’s next and final event of the year will be in November 2019 – event details will be announced shortly!

If you are interested in attending future ALTO events in South Australia, become an ALTO lifetime member to receive discounted ticket prices.

23 April 2019

Breaking the Mould: Women in leadership with a desire to inspire

ALTO held its first flagship event of the year on Wednesday 3 April 2019, celebrating successful Italo-Australian women and proving it’s possible to ‘break the mould’.

Hosted at Cremorne restaurant Ms Frankie, the sold out event began with co-owners Ioanna and Melinda speaking of establishing their restaruant and the influence of their italian heritage in their business.

Italo-Australian sports reporter and F1 Grand Prix co-host, Emma Notarfrancesco, then emceed and interviewed panelists Catherine Cervasio (Founder and CEO of Aromababy), Hon Grace Portolesi (former South Australian Labor MP) and Hon Lily D’Ambrosio (current Victorian State Member for Mill Park and Minister for Energy, Environment & Climate Change). The panelists spoke of their careers and their secrets to success in their work and personal lives.

The night was filled with good food, networking and celebrating successful women across all sectors. ALTO would like to thank Ms Frankie for sponsoring the event and its members for their continued support.

See more pictures from the event here!

21 February 2019

ALTO South Australia Launch Event

On Thursday 21st February 2019, ALTO established its presence in South Australia with its inaugural networking event at Rigoni’s Bistro in the Adelaide CBD.

The event was well attended by young Italians working in various industries, many of which had been following ALTO via Facebook and LinkedIn for years and were finally able to partake in an event on their doorstep. ALTO’s president, Steven Perri welcomed the South Australian Italian community into the ALTO network by providing the history of ALTO as well as outlining what it hopes to achieve.

“I have always said, and still believe strongly that a network is only as strong as the people in it, and a true network is only really created by having members who are willing to contribute, and are more interested in contributing and giving back rather than what they can get out of it – that is what makes a true network”.

ALTO would like to thank its speakers for the evening the Hon. Vincent Tarzia and the Hon. Tony Piccolo for their kind words and support, as well as ALTO South Australia board members Mr. Steven Russo of PKF Adelaide and Mr. Christian Verdicchio of the University of Adelaide for their assistance in organizing the event.

Many thanks also to the sponsors for the evening, PKF Adelaide, Serafino Wines and Solitaire Alfa Romeo.

A second event in South Australia will be scheduled shortly – watch this space! You can view more pictures from the launch event here.



ALTO has more than 300 members and a database in excess of 2,000 registered emails. ALTO members and event attendees prosper through a shared sense of community and a deep connection to their Italian heritage and culture.

Our members are outstanding business professionals, young entrepreneurs and community leaders in the Australian-Italian Community. Members are the best and brightest from a wide-range of market sectors and industries – including Law, Accounting, Banking, Consulting, Finance, Engineering, Marketing, Academia, Food and Beverage, Start-ups and Family-run businesses.

A once off lifetime membership fee of $95 gives you national membership and access to the exclusive ALTO network. With state-based chapters currently in VIC and SA, the ALTO association has broad community reach with the ability to give you access to build your network and attend events with like-minded members throughout Australia.

We are a not-for-profit association, and your support allows us to continually produce high-quality events and give back to the community.


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