I haven’t spent a lot of time in Melbourne recently – so I’m happy to welcome someone who has!
Cristina Laria is blogging from not for profit community television station Channel 31 in Melbourne and Geelong. C31 has recently launched a new tagline “We Are Melbourne and Geelong” and to celebrate, they would love for all Melbourne and Geelong lovers to post their favourite Melbourne or Geelong icons on their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/C31Melbourne.
Cristina loves … Lygon St, Carlton!
I often think back fondly to when I was a child and my family would make regular trips to Lygon St in Carlton. Both my parents were born in Italy and migrated to Australia before I was born. Growing up I have always had a strong sense of my Italian heritage and been encouraged to embrace it, through learning the language and experiencing its customs and traditions – especially when it comes to food!
|Lygon St Pizza, Melbourne, Victoria (photo courtesy of Cristina)|
Nowadays it seems that every corner you turn there’s a restaurant boasting authentic Italian cuisine. However when I was younger, finding traditional Italian food wasn’t so easy. My family would have to venture out to Carlton from our suburban bayside home to find an Italian meal. With my older brother and I in the back and my parents in the front, we would drive for what seemed like forever to Lygon St, where we would often meet extended family and friends. We’d enjoy a pizza or a pasta and maybe even a gelati if my brother and I behaved! While there my mum would stock up on produce at the few small Italian delis on the street, selling imported cheeses, cured meats, olive oils and pastas.
Nowadays I still love going to Lygon St. Being in Carlton, it’s central for everyone and you can always count on getting a great meal wherever you go. And the amazing smell of pizza as you walk down the street gets you every time!
Thanx, Cristina! Melbourne’s Lygon St is legendary – even amongst those of us who haven’t been there recently!! AND … if that sensational pizza is a sample of what awaits – am I the only one drooling?! – I can’t wait for my next visit!!
If any other readers would like to share a favourite piece of Melbourne, head on over to Channel 31’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/C31Melbourne. AND … let me know too! I’d like to feature some more of Melbourne right here!!
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