The original La Porchetta restaurant in Melbourne’s north is closing its doors after 40 years of operation.
The Pantaleo family, who have operated the Carlton North restaurant on Rathdowne St since 1985, made the announcement on social media on Monday.
“A letter to our beloved staff members, patrons, and community members throughout the generations: We would like to inform you all that the original family will be moving on and closing the doors,” the family said.
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“We are sending out our deepest gratitude towards everyone who has helped make La Porchetta Carlton what it is today.
“Your unwavering support for over 40 years has kept us going strong and made it even harder to make the decision to move on as we have grown so fond of serving all of you each and every day.
“It is the end of an era, but the legacy will live on forever through the memories.”
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The restaurant’s last day of service will be Sunday, February 11.
The news was met with shock and disappointment from many locals who had dined at the restaurant since it opened.
“Still the best tortellini carbonara ever. Wouldn’t have made it through uni without you! Was dangerous living just around the corner in 1990 though! Thanks for the memories,” one person wrote.
“Absolutely gutted, the best old style pizza and something on the menu for the whole family … end of an era,” another said.
“My boys loved pizza and pasta nights with you, not to mention all the sneaky gelatos they enjoyed. We are going to miss you guys, it’s a big loss to the village,” a third wrote.
The original La Porchetta in Carlton North. Credit: Instagram
The original La Porchetta restaurant in Carlton North was once a run-down pizza shop before Rocky Pantaleo and Felice Nania took over in 1985.
The success of the business lead to the opening of multiple locations across Australia and New Zealand, however many have since shutdown.
Thirty-three locations remain in Australia, while four are operating in New Zealand.