Matteo Zamboni

Chef Matteo Zamboni

“Italian chef Matteo Zamboni has worked at Pilu at Freshwater, Ormeggio at the Spit and Quay, as well as Michelin-starred fine diners in Milan, Rome and Tokyo. He keeps things simple but sophisticated, working with the best produce and giving his dishes a hit of la dolce vita.” Kirsten Galliott Qantas Magazine

Hailing from a small town in northern Italy, Matteo discovered his love for hospitality at an early age, setting the stage for a lifelong pursuit of culinary excellence.

After honing his skills in some of Italy’s most prestigious kitchens, including Michelin-starred establishments like La Pergola in Rome and Ristorante Cracco in Milan, he embarked on an international adventure to expand his culinary repertoire.

Along the way, he had the privilege of cooking for esteemed guests, including the Royal Family of Qatar. During his culinary journey, he had the honour of working for the legendary Seiji Yamamoto in Tokyo, where he further refined his craft and absorbed invaluable insights into Japanese cuisine.

Over a decade ago, he found a new home in Australia, where he quickly established himself as one of the nation’s foremost Italian chefs. Matteo’s career at the top of the Italian restaurant scene began as sous chef at Ormeggio at the Spit and later as head chef at Pilu at Freshwater, before moving on to his role as executive chef at the iconic Jonah’s at Whale Beach, where he achieved significant milestones and garnered a series of accolades.

Now, Matteo serves as the founder chef and driving force behind Civico 47 in Paddington, Sydney swiftly establishing it as a point of reference for Italian restaurants in the country.

His passion for food extends beyond the kitchen, as evidenced by his media presence and collaborations with leading brands. From television appearances to partnerships with top-tier companies in the food and design industries, he’s dedicated to sharing his love for Italian cuisine with audiences far and wide.

Matteo has also been involved in various charity events and initiatives such as the Bestest for kids and he’s a proud ambassador for the Miracle Babies Foundation. He is also a father, an amateur cocktail maker and a part time surfer.