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Behind La Macelleria | Meet the Owner

Gelato so good you'll be sure to sprinkle your pants

Behind La Macelleria | Meet the Owner

What's a "Butcher" doing in a gelato shop? Serving you gelato so good you'll be sure to sprinkle your pants (duh). If you've ever been to La Macelleria you may have seen buzzing around the shop. Stay tuned for the inside scoop on La Macelleria Geltaria's Gelato Chef, Matteo Zini.

NAME: Matteo Zini

NICKNAME:Il Macellaio (The Butcher)

JOB TITLE:Owner/Director/Gelato Chef

VENUE:La Macelleria Gelateria

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?: challenges, improve and learn every day, create value and experiment different flavours

DESCRIBE A DAY IN THE LIFE OF YOU?: At the moment it’s a mess! Opening new shops while running 2 existing ones and organising event with our Ape Cart. So these days you can see me in different positions: making gelato, doing deliveries, working at the cart, dealing with tradies, often on the phone, etc etc. Luckily I have a super team of fantastic people with me! Ah, also I’ll be a father in 4 weeks, so obviously I also take care of my pregnant partner (I’m a part time masseuse *wink wink*).

WHAT ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT? : Gelato obviously, but food in general. Sport, I love basketball (I play since I was a kid and watch a lot of NBA). Spend time with my lovely partner and my dog. And my friends.

WHAT’S YOUR LIFE PHILOSOPHY? : Know what you what, aim high and have faith.

5 WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOU: focused, ambitious, motivated, funny, genuine (my partner picked those)

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP? Jason Williams aka The White Chocolate, ex basketball player

THREE PEOPLE (DEAD OR ALIVE) YOU WOULD INVITE FOR DINNER PARTY?:Michael Jordan because he is The sport I like the most. Antonio Albanese, an Italian comedian. Because you want to laugh at a dinner party. Charlie Munger because you need a wise old man to tell you story about life at a dinner party.

YOU ARE TURNED INTO A BIRD, WHAT BIRD WHAT THAT BE? :Hawks. I just like them

IN AN ALTERNATE UNIVERSE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING? : Have our own winery in Italy with my partner.

YOU ARE KIDNAPPED & HELD FOR RANSOME. WHAT TV SERIES WOULD YOU HAVE COME RESCUE YOU? : True Detective

WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE HOLIDAY DESTINATION? : Since I moved here, Italy became my favourite holiday destination.

FAVOURITE PLACES IN BRISBANE:

EAT: Tartufo

DRINK: Mrs Brown

CHEF: Tony Percuoco

RELAX: Brisbane river

SHOP: K Mart

TO IMPRESS: Black Hyde

CULTURE/ARTS: Powerhouse

EVENT: Italian Film Festival

SUNDAYS: Green Beacon

BRISBANE’S BEST KEP SECRET IS: Casa Motta

MY WORDS OF WISDOM: “A goal is a dream with a deadline.” Napoleon Hill

NEXT EXCITING THING FOR ME IS: My first kid is due in November

About the Author

Ysabelle Alesna

Ysabelle Alesna

Out in the beaches of Australia, you can find this charismatic girl laying in the sand with a sangria in one hand and her book in the other. If she's not at the beach, you can catch her on the hunt for the best tacos in Brisbane. She's a sucker for romance or fiction books, but also enjoys her true crime and murder podcasts.