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Events Reviews

Great service from start to finish

Mushroom foraging in the Blue Mtns with Silvana and her family was amazing and great fun. The accommodation is incredibly tidy and cosy. They had great customer service from start to finish. They were very attentive and careful during the journey through the forest. The highlight was cooking up our freshly foraged Saffron Milkcaps into a delicious meal once we were home. Highly recommend! Max and Valeria, Mushroom Foraging Day Trip, May 2023

Can I give more than 5 Stars?

If I could give 6 out of 5 stars I would. For years my sister longed to celebrate her 50th birthday in Italy, but due to Covid all plans were cancelled. Incredibly Silvana, Antonella and their dear mother Maria brought Italy to her and our entire family. We had a magnificent Italian feast - limoncello, panettone, homegrown olives, handmade salami, pickled green tomatoes, homemade bread, antipasto, handmade lasagna with traditional Southern Italian pasta sauce, and finished off with icey cold Granita al Limone topped with fresh mint. This beautiful family exceeded all expectations, making my sister's day extra special. The extended dining table was beautifully set, and we celebrated against a backdrop of a life sized photograph of Silvana's grandparents’ grapevine pergola in Italy. My sister and her family stayed the night. The house was very homely, comfortable and impeccably clean. We all enjoyed the garden with its fruit trees, vegetable patch and mini vineyard. Thank you Silvana, Antonella and Maria for creating an exceptional celebration for us. We'll have wonderful memories for years to come! Katherine Hynes, Surprise 50th Birthday, Feb 2021

Charming hosts

My wife and I attended the Italian Christmas in July event. Everything about the event was perfect, charming and friendly hosts, delicious food and a wonderful location. We are looking forward to the next event and would recommend the events to everyone. Sean Wakeling, Italian Christmas in July, 2022

We've been spreading the word

Absolutely delightful. Delicious food presented by a charming and knowledgeable host in a lovely setting. We cannot recommend this experience too highly and have been spreading the word to our friends. Denis Gallagher, Equinox A Taste of Italy, 2023

Meticulous detail

Thank you Silvana & Antonella, at Fifth Ave Katoomba Retreat, for staging a beautifully executed, traditional 'Ferragosto' event ! Much appreciation for your warm hospitality & meticulous detail, creating a fun-filled afternoon of delicious feasting & light-hearted connecting. Diana Calleja, Ferragosto, Sep 2022

Wonderful on both occasions

In 2022, I had two catered lunches at this venue – a Christmas in July and a Ferragusto lunch. The food was Italian and it was superb. Delicious, healthy and varied. Drinks were included too. I had a wonderful time on both occasions. I didn't know the other guests beforehand, but we all got along famously. Thank you to the hostesses, Silvana and Toni. I highly recommend the venue and the catering. Two pleasant afternoons in the quiet, beautiful Blue Mountains. Norah Taylor, Jan, 2023

Enjoyable way to spend Sunday

We had a lovely afternoon, with beautiful Italian food. The company was delightful and great conversation was enjoyed. We loved seeing the garden at the back of the house where there was a variety of food production ... fruit and vegetables. It was a very enjoyable way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Nerida Burton, Equinox A Taste of Italy 2023

Great atmosphere

Thank you Silvana for our delicious lunch. Felt like we were back in Italy. Great atmosphere, wonderful company. Jill and Paul, Italian Food Experience, Jun 2021

Took my soul back to Sicilia

Dear Silvana Thank you for a wonderful lunch!!!. It took my soul straight back to my memories of Sicilia!! Loved the olives, the stuffed mushrooms, and of course, you and your sister's hospitality. Love your work. D Wylde, Italian Food Experience, Jun 2021

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