Like her food, Rosa Mitchell’s modus operandi for her newest restaurant, Rosa's Canteen is typically unpretentious: “I don’t do fancy stuff. It’s just good, honest Italian food,” she says.
And as she glides from table to table greeting her customers you get the sense that it’s not just the good food that keeps folks coming back. Mitchell’s warm, smiling presence plays a huge part too.
I recently spoke to Rosa (and ate her cannoli) for Broadsheet Melbourne and it was a lovely treat. Whether you’re a serial restaurant-hopper or a Supreme Court judge on your lunch hour, Mitchell is like the honorary Italian mama we wish we all had.