Moving to the beautiful Barossa Valley from Parma in Northern Italy, Fiona and Matteo Carboni established Casa Carboni in 2012.
Born and raised in Forli, Emilia Romagna, Matteo was introduced to making fresh pasta by his nonna Pia as a young boy, along with the importance of fresh eggs straight from ‘il contadino’ (the farmer). After finishing his studies in Food Science and Technology at university, Matteo travelled the globe discovering the best artisan producers and great chefs of the world, working in restaurants along the way.
Fiona, an Australian involved in wine export, whose job took her around the globe many times establishing new markets for a portfolio of boutique Australian wine producers. After moving to Italy was fortunate to be offered a position with an Italian food company which enabled her to travel back to Australia on a regular basis.
Fiona met Matteo in 2005 and they travelled Europe together before settling in Parma where Matteo joined the famous Academia Barilla, a culinary institute dedicated to the art of Italian gastronomy. For the next five years, he worked as a teacher, travelling the world teaching the art of Italian cooking.
The move to the Barossa provided a new palette of produce for Matteo to work with. Visits to the bustling Barossa Farmers Markets on Saturday mornings provides the inspiration for the weeks menu. Relationships forged with local farmers ensures a connection to the produce through seasonality and deep bonds with those that toil to place food on our palates. Matteo and Fiona’s desire to pass on the knowledge of both Italian cooking, fine wine and the joy of sharing both with good company is the cornerstone of everything they do at Casa Carboni.