The Fuscaldo family originally from Rome Italy migrated to Melbourne Victoria in 1954 & made their mark in the Italian culinary scene in 1964 when they opened ‘Italian Tortellini & Ravioli Pty Ltd’ the first fresh pasta retail shop located on Sydney Rd in Brunswick. Giovanni & Lucia Fuscaldo were the first to bring a commercial fresh pasta machine to Australia, by doing this they managed to fill the supply for the ever-growing demand of hand made pasta for the influx of Italian migrants settling in Melbourne.
Due to the success of their Pasta business The Fuscaldo Family decided to merge with an established gelato company, this eventually became what we know today as Everest. With a passion for quality they found themselves proudly holding the reputation of one of the best fresh pasta and homemade gelato companies to food lovers in Melbourne at the time.
1978 both the Fuscaldo sons David & Alessandro were significantly part of the family business and decided to grow the company and bring Everest distributing to Sydney. In NSW the boys decided to just focus on a few of Italy’s most well known products and kept the line to Prosciutto, Gelato, hand made garlic paste & of course fresh pasta. Over a few years the company flourished and Suprema Foods was born and became a much larger distribution company for many more authentic Italian products.
After many years of selling to Melbourne’s and Sydney’s leading Italian restaurants the Fuscaldo Sons decided it was time to try their hand at the restaurant/Caffe game, it was then that the story of Portobello Caffe would begin.
Portobello Cafe, built in c1900 still stands in its original form as the Landing waters office of circular quay and is heritage listed as the only known surviving building of the extensive early 20th Century development of Circular Quay.
Portobello began trading in the December of 1987 located on the waters edge facing the iconic Sydney Opera house and Sydney Harbour Bridge. The Fuscaldo’s and Portobello have been part of and around to witness many of Sydney’s most important historical events such as The Bicentennial Ceremony, The Sydney Olympics, Australia Day celebrations, and 29 years of New Years Eve Celebrations just to mention a few. Portobello has grown from being a small take away café to now a fully licenced sit-down restaurant & has been a family run business for the good part of almost 30 years. With four large renovations over the years to tailor their prized business to the ever changing tourist destination The Fuscaldo Family have always wanted to give an exceptional authentic Italian dining experience while showcasing the most breath taking spot on Sydney Harbour.