Casa 68
Don't normally stand for fish on a pizza, but in Casa 68's case, I make an exception

Casa 68

At this fantastic family-run Sicilian-Italian trattoria, the quality of this ex-farmer's produce shines through the rustic pizza, pasta and gnocchi Casa 68 serves.

I first visited this fantastic family-run Sicilian-Italian trattoria while on location in Cobram, Northern Victoria for Broadsheet and RACV. Owned and operated by Antonio Indriolo, the quality of this ex-farmer's produce shines through the rustic pizza, pasta and gnocchi Casa 68 serves.

When Tony's farming business took a downturn, he began by selling brightly-coloured dried pasta and preserved chilli at the local farmer's market. Soon, the first-generation Sicilian immigrant took more than a passing interest in bread, using a manky apple and some cider vinegar to craft a starter.

These days, Tony's deep into pizza. And I mean deep - the dude has been trying his 72-hour prove, where the wheat almost completely caramelises, but he’s settled on 56, which he thinks is a little more manageable.

The man himself, owner and operator of Casa 68, Antonio 'Tony' Indriolo

Tony's proudest creation on the day that we visited was a new stuffed gnocchi dish - and it was, undoubtedly - something to be proud of. Unlike most gnocchi, it tastes almost exclusively of potato (rather than flour) and has a delicate spinach and ricotta centre.

Casa 68 provides an illuminating insight into something you mightn’t have known about the Murray: Cobram is has long been a profoundly multicultural town, and the Italians (not to mention Sicilians) have a thriving community here. So go meet them. They're having fun up there.