Balla and Pizzaperta named in Top Italian Restaurants Guide 2017

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Balla and PizzAperta Manfredi named in Gambero Rosso’s Top Italian Restaurants guide 2017

Published on Monday, 13 November 2017.

Balla and PizzAperta Manfredi at The Star Sydney have been named main players in the international Italian culinary scene in the 2017 Gambero Rosso Top Italian Restaurants guide, with PizzAperta Manfredi being celebrated as Australia’s best pizza.

The Italian food and wine publisher awarded Balla two forks and PizzAperta Manfredi three pizza slices, the highest accolade in the inaugural international round-up of 370 outstanding Italian culinary destinations.
PizzAperta was recognised for its originality and top-notch classic Neapolitan dough, high quality flours and prime ingredients.

Neapolitan pizza chef and PizzAperta Manfredi Head Chef, Gianluca Donzelli said: “We’re honoured to be awarded three slices in the prestigious Gambero Rosso guide and to be named one of the best and most original pizza restaurants in the world.”

Donzelli trained at Gambero Rosso Academy and worked at Don Alfonso on Italy’s Amalfi Coast, before moving to Sydney to take the helm of PizzAperta Manfredi.

The Star Sydney’s signature restaurant Balla was recognised for its refined menu of traditional and modern Italian dishes, with an emphasis on fresh pasta, and great selection of Italian wines. Balla Head Chef Gabriele Taddeucci was applauded for his new ideas and skills and brilliant vegetarian options.

The Star General Manager of Food and Beverage, Andy North said: “We’re extremely proud of the achievements of the Balla and PizzAperta Manfredi teams for earning their place on the international stage for serving the authentic flavours of Italy using the finest Australian produce.

The online guide covers everything from traditional Italian trattorias and modern fine dining restaurants around the globe – from New York to Seoul – and can be viewed at

For more information about Balla and PizzAperta Manfredi at The Star Sydney, please visit


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