Alessandro was born in Sicily, a professional chef who has worked across the globe finding his home and family in Australia. Serving a distinguished career under some of the best chefs across Sydney, Alex has taken the reigns at the Rose of Australia to bring his love for food to your table.

He has a love of quality local produce and traditional preparation methods. Think of large family gatherings surrounded by people where the food is an expression of love as much as a culinary experience – he brings this from his family to yours. From homemade bread, infused oils, cured meats, pickled vegetables and handmade pastas.

You will find him enjoying a burger as much as the pop-up Italian ala carte experience. Alex is on the floor and is hands on in his kitchen inspiring his staff to deliver the experience that keeps you coming back.


Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, an Italian pop up experience showcasing traditional Italian fare. Join Head Chef Alessandro …. For this 2 or 3 course event (leave room for dessert). Limited spaces, bookings recommended.



Each dish has a unique story - the stories are of childhood memories on southern beaches, over coming challenges in times of hardship, and you may even find yourself being introduced to the chef's mother-in-law.

Food and booze are the game here and our hot tip is to BYO stretchy pants. The menu is perfect for sharesies, with clever takes on old favourites (we're looking at you mashed potato with three types of fat).

It hits all the right notes; specials, monster steak and rib nights, shared plates, trivia, 2-for-1 cocktails in happy hour. The pub's famous beer-battered fries are famous for a reason and you WILL try the restaurant-standard Chocolate Experience.

Erskinville has scored another win by the way of Howard's Cantina opening above the much loved Rose of Australia Hotel. Hidden away from the hype of King Street, the restaurant and cocktail bar is all about dishing out swanky small plates and hearty share plates in a retro setting.

Really enjoyed this place!! The food here is incredible - I was lucky enough to come in an try a whole heap of things off the new menu. Not only did the food present very well but the staff were super friendly and the decor is beautiful! -from fromsydwithlove