Cravings for a good feed? head to Parramatta's laneways

Tanja Wyss and her husband Anthony Arienzale love fine food and wine.

Mrs Wyss always had an appreciation for cuisine but after marrying into an Italian family, food became a way of life.

With Anthony’s brother Robert, the trio opened Sotto Cafe in Parramatta four months ago and have lived their dreams ever since.

‘‘The boys are of Italian backgrounds so food has obviously been a big part of their lives forever,’’ Mrs Wyss said.

‘‘At the moment we have a deeper interest because we are in the food industry but we have always been into food and wine, it’s a passion.’’ 

‘‘Anthony and Robert trained as hairdressers originally; I come from a corporate background.

‘‘But I love this, its good to work for yourself doing something you love.’’

Next week the cafe owners will join other connoisseurs and entertainers to fill Parramatta with Epicurean delights for the Crave International Food Festival.

The festival will take over the CBD’s grim laneways and replace empty spaces with exotic, aromatic flavours and a carnival atmosphere.

Batman Lane will be turned into a little slice of Europe with Sotto cafe serving Italian-themed meals and renowned pastry chef Leanne Beck producing Parisian deserts.

The festival will transform the laneways on October 18, 19, 25 and 26, from 4-9.30pm. 

■Darcy Lane: Wood-fired pizza from Puntino Trattoria; savoury and sweet French crepes from the La Toosh tram; gourmet snag’s; slow-cooked meats and gourmet sandwiches by Pinbone; coffee from 3 Ropes Café. 

■Erby Place : An Asian inspired garden under the Jacaranda trees; a pop-up cocktail bar by Grasshopper Bar; food includes, hand-made Shangahi dumplings from Lan Lan’s; Tepanyaki BBQ from Temichi; Malaysian foods from Ma’Leisia and Jackie M’s.

■Batman Lane: French pastries and deserts from Circa Bakery; Italian offerings from Café Sotto.

■Red Cow: The Amazing Rolling Picture Show; The Motel Sisters promoting their latest trend — glamour and the spiritual teachings of LOL-Cats; Italian gelato and coffee.

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