Savouring the Soul of Kirrawee: Where Local Flavour Meets Italian Love

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The man behind the magic, Rocky Pitarelli, is a legend around these parts. Rocky has been dishing out authentic Italian cuisine to Sutherland Shire residents for over 30 years having owned an operated one of the Shire's most successful Italian Restaurants, Caruso's Italian.

Like a lot of local businesses in the Shire, Caruso's was hit hard by Covid and unfortunately struggled to re-ignite the flame to keep the doors open due to unrelenting rent costs and inflation.

This didn't stop Rocky though from planning his next move, and we're SO glad to see him back in the local business spotlight with a new iteration of Italian delights that being, Mama's Cuccina.

Once again, Rocky is the heartbeat of the business. With his Italian roots firmly planted in the Sutherland Shire, he has woven the fabric of Kirrawee into his new business.

His love for the local community is palpable, and it reflects in every aspect of Mama's Cuccina. From employing local talent to sourcing ingredients from nearby suppliers, Rocky's new commitment to Kirrawee shines through.

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A Taste of Tradition

Mama's Cuccina is far more than just a restaurant, it is a reflection of the food found straight off the streets of Rome, Naples, Florence and more. Rocky has committed to preserving the essence of Italian food, thus, creating a haven for food enthusiasts.

At Mama's Cuccina, the team believe in offering their customers nothing but high quality dishes, which is why the chefs use only fresh, locally sourced ingredients in every dish.

The menu boasts a delightful array of options, and the best part is, you can visit Mama's Cuccina for breakfast lunch and dinner!

We're not complaining!

To start your day why not try a filling breakfast bowl, pancakes, or something more traditional like the Calabresse Big Breakfast.

When lunch rolls around you've gotta try the highly popular Paninis, we're talking cold meats, parmesan cheese, tomato, basil, buffalo mozzarella, meatballs and more. If you're not feeling like a Panini, burgers and salads are also on the menu!


We had the best sandwich of our lives today! Customer service 10/10, food tasted 10/10 and the price was 10/10."


Like Caruso's Italian before this, it's Rocky's pizzas that truly steal the spotlight! Their house made pasta is a MUST-try, with Boscaiola, Ragout, Meatballs, and Carbonara Gnocchi on the menu too.

Buon appetito!

Become A Mama's Cuccina Loyalty Member

Earn points and redeem exclusive Deals and Discounts happening from Mama's Cuccina, simply fill out the form below to become a VIP. They have a GREAT one-time offer waiting for you inside the Shire Rewards app just for signing up!

Brewing Community over Coffee

Beyond the delectable dishes, Mama's Cuccina has mastered the art of community-building. A visit to this Italian Panini Bar isn't just about satisfying hunger; it's a chance to connect with fellow residents.

The aroma of freshly brewed coffee is what brings locals to line up for their morning brew and these guys know how to do coffee!

One of their head baristas has even had a whopping 39 years of experience!

Mama's Cuccina is the perfect place to start your day, where locals gather to chat and savor the little moments, which after all are the most important... Just like a morning caffeine kick.

Building Bridges, One Panini at a Time

What sets Mama's Cuccina apart is its ability to bridge generations. It's not uncommon to see families who have been frequenting the establishment for years, passing down their love for Rocky's creations to younger members.

It's like stepping into Italy whenever I dine here. The pizzas are out of this world and Rocky's warm welcome makes us feel like family."

Regular customer

The cozy ambiance and friendly staff make this cafe restaurant the ideal spot for family gatherings, date nights, or simple catch ups with old friends.

In an age where big chains and fast food dominate, the support for local businesses like Mama's Cuccina is a testament to the resilience of the Sutherland Shire community.

Locals understand that their choices have a direct impact on our neighbourhood and choose to invest in the unique stories and unforgettable flavours that local businesses offer.

Supporting Mama's Cuccina is supporting Kirrawee. It's about keeping the spirit of this community alive."


Mama's Cuccina isn't just a local business; it's a culinary legacy.

Rocky's dedication to crafting the finest Italian dishes isn't just about profit but about preserving the traditions he holds dear. He pours his heart and soul into every recipe, ensuring that each bite carries the essence of Italy.

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From Kirrawee with Love

Mama's Cuccina is a prime example of why local businesses hold a special place in the hearts of Sutherland Shire residents. It's not just about great food, it's about fostering connections, preserving traditions and most of all supporting the community we call home.

We're SO glad to see him back!

Rocky's passion for his craft and his sheer dedication to Kirrawee represent the values that make local businesses like Mama's Cuccina a stand out from other Italian restaurants, not to mention the traditional and insanely tasty food!

So, next time you find yourself in Kirrawee, take a moment to savour the traditional flavours of Italy.

Indulge in the best pizzas, relish in a cup of coffee, or bask in the warmth of a place that embodies the spirit of local love and true Italian flavour.

Contact Mama's Cuccina Today!

Address: Unit 3/165 Oak Rd, Kirrawee NSW 2232
Phone: 028 519 4145
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Cameron Laing
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