Simone Franchi and his brother Filippo grew up in the scenic village of Barga in Tuscany.

With a very large extended family, gathering together and enjoying good food has been a way of life for the duo.

Since arriving in Australia during the last decade, Simone and Filippo have shared their talent and passion for artisan Italian pizza through their mobile pizza party business, Pizza Party.

This year they’ve taken the next step and established Franchi Brothers Italian Bar in Sydney’s inner city Paddington.

“We wanted to create a place that feels like a bar you’d find in Italy,” said Simone. “In Italy, people drop by their local bar throughout the day and evening. Italian Bar is a place to call in for a coffee, a pre-dinner aperitivo, or for after dinner cocktails. We also serve fantastic antipasto, pizza and salads for lunch or dinner.”

Simone said their signature dish is a pizza made with zucchini and Gorgonzola. “Our hot Italian salami and olive pizza, and a white pizza made with pancetta and potato are also very popular.”

Simone and Filippo find a real joy in making pizza, and they love to share their craft with others.

“At Italian Bar, we plan to introduce Pizza Master Classes for children and adults so they can learn how to make dough from scratch, and how to cook really delicious pizza,” said Simone.

Beyond the kitchen, Simone and Filippo are accomplished DJs and musicians – Simone on bass guitar and percussion, and Filippo on the saxophone and percussion.

“Live music will be a feature at Italian Bar,” said Simone. “And Filippo and I plan to perform as part of that.”

Simone originally began dealing with Caféideas as a result of a web search a year ago. When it came time to fit out Italian Bar, he contacted Caroline at Caféideas for assistance.

“Caroline was a great help to us,” he said. “When we were figuring out what type of shelving and fridge to buy, she gave us lots of good advice. This meant we’ve chosen products that are versatile and fit very well in our space.”

For Italian Bar, Simone and Filippo bought shelving, a sink bench, pizza deck oven and stand, pizza equipment accessories, 2 group coffee machine, 2 door bar cooler, spiral mixer, jetspray, glass and dishwasher, ice machine, glasswasher, deli display, meat slicer and a 4 open burner gas cook top with oven.

“Caféideas’ VIP prices are very good,” said Simone. “I also like that they have a wide selection of brands and models to choose from. It makes it a one-stop place to get what we need.”

The goods ordered arrived on time, in ready for Italian Bar’s opening in April.

“Jason the delivery man did a great job too,” said Simone. “The bar’s back entrance is quite narrow and he managed to get everything in very well.”

Franchi Brothers Italian Bar is located at 438 Oxford St, Paddington. It’s open 10am to midnight Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 10pm on Sunday, and closed on Monday. Call for bookings on (02) 8021 3346. Simone and Filippo’s mobile business is