Nonna Liliana Kain thought her days in restaurants were long gone but the 71-year-old decided to share her family secrets with a new tratorria in Maroochydore.
Liliana’s Trattoria opened on Ocean Street using traditional recipes for rustic, handmade dishes that have been passed down from generation to generation by her family.
Liliana has lent her name to the establishment and will stop by from time to time.
“I had no idea of going back to the hospitality industry, but when Scott Hoskins approached me to share my recipes for his new venture on Ocean Street, it really reignited a flame for me as I could share my passion for the authentic flavors that have been passed down. about me from my mother and grandmother,” she said.
“It’s food from the heart, simple yet delicious recipes that people crave because they’re authentic and tasty.
“Most of the pasta is handmade and learned first hand from my cousin Giuseppe who is a pizza maker in Italy.
“Scott’s team will be in charge of the kitchen, but I will be coming in regularly for lunch and dinner to chat with diners and make sure everyone is having a good time.
“We want to create the traditional Italian family so it’s less paperwork and more food and good times,” Liliana said.
Born in the small coastal town of Cossignano in the Marche region of central Italy, Liliana was seven when the family emigrated to Australia where her father worked between farms in the Sunshine Coast hinterland and Innisfail in the north. from Queensland.
With her late husband Kip, they raised three children, running a number of establishments including Danillo’s on Ocean Street as well as Cafe 21 on Bulcock Street Caloundra and Kip’s Hot Bread in King Street Cotton Tree.
The owner, Scott Hoskins, is a longtime friend of the Kain family and has experienced firsthand the genuine hospitality and authenticity of Liliana’s food.
“It’s a really exciting project for our company, it’s like the incredibly popular ‘Pasta Grannies’ Facebook page where Liliana is the teacher and we are the students.
“We have worked on some amazing recipes with Liliana and are confident that we will be able to replicate many of her amazing dishes including her traditional meatballs (polpette), gnocchi, lasagna as well as a number of desserts.”