A cup of chai with Vince Pizzinga from Mark & Vinny’s

We had a cup of chai with Vince, he is a composer and the vinny half of @Markandvinnys . Mark & Vinny is a new hot place for bright-coloured pastas, vegan eggs and charcoal-black cocktails and located in Surrey Hills NSW. We interviewed him in this edition:

1- A short sentence to describe your career history

I graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering then gave that up to pursue a career as a composer which I’ve practiced for 20 years. Now I have a restaurant.

2- Where does the idea for Mark & Vinny come from initially?

I started an Instagram account purely for fun called The Spaghetti Collective featuring pasta dishes from some of my favorite restaurants around the world. After only a few months it had attracted nearly five thousand followers and was getting over a thousand likes per post so it dawned on me that people must really like spaghetti! That inspired me to try and transform it into a concept for an actual restaurant and my business partner Mark Filippelli came up with the idea of combining spaghetti with spritz. We then saw this as an opportunity to conceptualize a menu that would be true to both our traditional Italian roots as well as our creative innovation. For Mark & I, our single greatest inspiration is to be creative and Mark And Vinny’s became a canvas for exactly that.

3- What makes you excited the most at the moment?

Seeing people come to M+V. Sometimes I look around the restaurant watching people eating our food and enjoying the experience and I’m so humbled and incredulous knowing that something that only a little while ago was just an idea in our heads has become a reality.  

4- Where do you get your inspiration?

Art. The opportunity to be creative is the single most inspiring thing that drives me every day.

5- If you could travel any cities in the world tomorrow, where would that be and why?

New York is my favorite city in the world, I find the energy there infectious. I love the culture of the people, the buildings and all its history, there is a romance about it that I’ve never experienced anywhere else.

I also adore Florence because it is such a beautiful, creative place. The collective energy of the people combined with the gravity of its history I find truly inspiring.

6- The strangest thing about you?

Apart from my toe-thumb? I can eat my own body weight in one “bowl” of popcorn.

7- What does art & creativity mean to you?

Art to me is a profoundly powerful phenomenon. Whether it’s through music, words, film, painting or even food, the expression of ideas through whatever medium is one of the most joyous experiences of being alive. I find something inherently beautiful in both the creation of art and the experience of observing it.

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