Meet Mark Rotolone – a man who loves his family, wine, and Italian food. Mark is the man behind Calexico’s favourite Italian restaurant, Mosconi
, nestled on Arthur Street
, boasting a prime location for those exploring James St. His passion for Italian food has always been innate. It’s a family affair at Mosconi
, with Mark’s mother-in-law making the pasta from scratch daily. Paired with the dream of bringing the best international wines to Brisbane, Mark also knows a thing or two about the perfect drop. We sat down with Calexico’s ‘Man of the Month’ and got him to answer a round of quickfire questions.
What is your favourite dish on the menu?
We have just released our Spring Menu, so that is a hard one. I’m addicted to the risotto with prawns, peas, preserved lemon, fennel, and mascarpone. The beef tartare is a close second.
If you could learn a new skill, what would it be?
From a young age, I have always wanted to learn how to fly a plane, so I would love to get my pilot's licence.
What is your secret to finding the perfect wine?
When it comes to wine, I always look for great examples of a range, and ensure that there is a variety that will complement our changing menu.
How would you describe your fashion style?
What is your favourite holiday spot in Italy?
I recently really fell in love with Puglia. It feels a lot less touristy and more authentic. Ostuni also had a great vibe. I found myself getting lost in the walled city, and so I stumbled across cool bars and restaurants. It’s also close to the beach so it has this perfect balance of relaxation and fun stuff to do.
What kind of music makes you happy?
t depends what’s going on for me. For me, I love most things from 90s R&B to classical music.
Last piece of advice you gave?
Don't compare yourself to anyone else and slow life down.
What does success look like to you?
Success to me is watching your passion and hard work come to fruition.
Shop Mark’s look here or instore at Calexico Man. And for a taste of Brisbane’s best Italian food and wine, visit Mosconi located on Arthur Street, Fortitude Valley.