Our Family


Both sides of the family migrated from Calabria, Italy in the early 1950's and settled down in a small town 2hrs south of perth in Harvey.

Mario and Rosa married and moved to perth in the 1970's where they raised their family. Rosa worked the odd jobs at cafes and resturants while juggling work at home looking after the children, Mario worked as a bricklayer working long hours in the week then on the weekend played the accordian to patrons in some of perths best known restuarants and hotels.

Damien started in the restuarants at the age of 15yrs working as a kitchenhand and larder assistant to the chefs, there he gained an apprenticeship and worked in some of perths leading restuarants and hotels until finally qualifying in 1998.

Julian began working as a cellarhand at Riverton Wine Merchants then left for Bath, England to work as a cocktail barman for 3 years, serving top celebrities at the hotel. There he learn't bar operations as well gaining valuable hospitality experience. Julian has just started working in the kitchen which also adds diversity.

Rosina also followed in Mario's footsteps having aquired an aqute hearing for music. Playing the piano since the age of 3yrs, Rosina reqularly played at school recitals and theartre. Rosina did a 3 year stint at the West Australian Sprout Factory where she gained valuable commuinication skills which is a true asset for running a business.

In 2002 , upon oppurtunity the Messineo family joined forces and purchased a restuarant in Mandurah, Western Australia which is now famously known as Paparazzi. The rest as they say is history!