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Melbourne's Newest Deli And Eatery Brings The WOW-Factor!

Interiors

There aren’t too many delis that make it to the pages of a design publication, but new Melbourne venture Via Porta is a welcome first!

This space in Mont Albert is a part-deli, part-eatery co-owned by siblings Ryan, Simon, Jonathan and Sarah Cosentino. Ryan and Simon are the foodies, having each worked under a Michelin star restaurant owner, while Jonathan manages front of house and beverage operations. Sarah is the co-director of interior design firm Studio Esteta, who created the stunning space! 

Join us as we tour this beautiful, newly-opened eatery.

9th August, 2019

New Melbourne deli and eatery Via Porta adopts a refined, pared back aesthetic. Photo – Sean Fennessy.

The deli is the newest addition to Melbourne’s dining scene owned by two outstanding chefs, Ryan and Simon Cosentino, front-of-house expert Jonathan, and their designer sister, Sarah Cosentino. Photo – Sean Fennessy.

Via Porta is essentially an extension of a traditional Italian family kitchen and pantry. Photo – Sean Fennessy.

A highlight of the space is the crazy paving flooring, which was developed in the most economical and environmentally-friendly way possible using stone offcuts from various suppliers. Photo – Sean Fennessy.

The interiors deliberately don’t compete with the vibrant products lining the deli’s shelves. Photo – Sean Fennessy.

A key influence behind the design is the quaint and narrow alleyways of Italy, as evident in the textural limestone on the counter. Photo – Sean Fennessy.

The business’s head chef and co-owners are Ryan and Simon Cosentino, both of whom have trained or worked under a Michelin star restaurant owner. Photo – Sean Fennessy.

‘We were fortunate that while growing up, the fridge and pantry were always well stocked with the Italian staples: a large jar of Sicilian olives, the good quality parmigiano, cured meats and far too many cans of peeled tomatoes and Nonna’s passata,’ says co-owner Sarah Cosentino. Photo – Sean Fennessy.

Included in the space is an eatery (soon to be a restaurant), along with a deli providing take-home meals, cheeses, cold meals and house-made condiments. Photo – Sean Fennessy.

The interior palette is intentionally minimal but textural, adopting honest finishes and traditional methods inspired by Southern Italy. Photo – Sean Fennessy.

After two years in the making, Via Porta is finally open for business. Photo – Sean Fennessy.

The crazy paving flooring continues into the bathrooms. Photo – Sean Fennessy.

Amelia Barnes
Friday 9th August 2019

‘Our concept of an eatery and deli stemmed from our childhood memories spent with our Nonnas learning how to master Italian cooking.’ – Sarah Cosentino. 

It doesn’t get much more Italian than a deli created by four siblings as an homage to their Italian heritage! 

Via Porta is the newest addition to Melbourne’s dining scene, owned by two outstanding chefs, Ryan and Simon Cosentino, front-of-house expert Jonathan, and their sister, Sarah Cosentino, co-director of Studio Esteta, who designed this stunning space. 

‘My brothers and I have worked together in the sense of a designer and client relationship, but I steer clear of the floor and operational side of things. They prefer it this way!’ Sarah says. 

Simon previously worked for Melbourne-based French chef Philippe Mouchel, and at the Michelin star recognised Restaurant Serge Vieira in France. Ryan also learned his craft in France under chefs Serge Vieria and Romuald Fassenet, and more recently worked with Guy Stanaway at Jackalope’s restaurants Doot Doot Doot and Rare Hare. On the other hand, Jonathan has extensive experience running the Cosentino’s previous family cafe. 

Via Porta is located in Mont Albert, an eastern Melbourne suburb not typically recognised for its culinary offering, but the natural location for this business. Not only did the Cosentino family grow up in Mont Albert, the suburb borders on the sibling’s first (now sold) cafe, Mr Hendricks.

The business is essentially an extension of a traditional Italian family kitchen and pantry. Included in the space is an eatery (soon to be a restaurant), along with a deli providing take-home meals and house-made condiments. There’s also a selection of local and imported cold meats, cheeses and artisanal foods. 

‘Our concept of an eatery and deli stemmed from our childhood memories spent with our Nonna’s learning how to master Italian cooking,’ says Sarah. ‘We were fortunate that while growing up, the fridge and pantry were always well stocked with the Italian staples: a large jar of Sicilian olives, the good quality Parmigiano, cured meats, and far too many cans of peeled tomatoes and Nonna’s passata. I’m sure many European families can relate to this!’

The interiors are rich in detail, while remaining pared-back and refined. A key influence behind the design is the quaint and narrow alleyways of Italy, referenced in textural limestone on Via Porta’s counter. Another highlight of the space is the crazy paving flooring (obsessed!), which was developed in the most economical and environmentally-friendly way possible using stone offcuts from various suppliers. 

After two years in the making, Via Porta is now open for business. ‘The final result is a testament to hard work, dedication and three tolerant clients who weren’t afraid to get their hands dirty,’ Sarah says. ‘We are biased, but it’s a special project – definitely worth a visit!’ 

Another of Studio Esteta’s projects, the Portsea House, has been shortlisted in the Residential Architecture category of the TDF Design Awards! See here to view the other shortlisted projects!

Via Porta
Monday-Saturday 7am-5pm 
Sunday 8am-3pm
677 Whitehorse Road 
Mont Albert, Victoria

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