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In 1996, Grossi was awarded the L'insegna Del Ristorante Italiano, by the president of Italy, for his dedication to presenting and promoting "La Cucina Italiana" and lifestyle. He has published five cookbooks: Grossi Florentino – secrets and recipes, My Italian Heart, Recipes From My Mother's Kitchen Italian Food Safari, based on the SBS TV series, and most recently Love Italy.
Grossi was born in Melbourne and raised by his parents Pietro Grossi and Marissa Grossi. His father came to Australia from Milan in 1960 to work as a chef at Mario's in Exhibition Street, Melbourne.
Grossi attended Dallas North Primary School before moving to Glenhuntly Primary, then Caulfield Technical School where he completed up to year 10.
From 1980 to 1980, Grossi completed an apprenticeship in commercial cookery at the Box Hill Institute. At age fifteen he began working in a Malvern seafood restaurant before progressing to Tolarno's, where his father led the kitchen. Later, he moved to Massoni's in Fitzroy Street, owned by his father Pietro, Leon Massoni, and David Gibson. Following a stint at Two Faces, he and his wife, Melissa opened Quadri, a restaurant of their own in Armadale. Grossi's father Pietro joined them to open Caffé Grossi in 1988.
In 1999, Grossi purchased an Italian restaurant in Melbourne, The Florentino. Later, he purchased Mirka Continental Bistro in St Kilda, Victoria and had the building's murals restored by the original artist, Mirka Mora. The murals were first painted in the 1960s when Mora and her husband Georges owned the Tolarno Hotel.
In 2009, he opened Grossi Trattoria and Wine Bar at the Intercontinental Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand. In 2010, he opened The Merchant in the Rialto Towers as a joint venture with Lorenz Grollo. Merchant features traditional dishes from Veneto, where Grossi's mother and the Grollo family originate. In 2012, Grossi opened Ombra Salumi Bar next door to Grossi Florentino in central Melbourne.
Grossi has appeared on various Australian television programs including Industry Leaders Food Safari, Iron Chef Australia, 9am with David and Kim, Fresh, Postcards, Getaway, Neighbours, My Kitchen Rules, A Current Affair, and Sunrise. He has also appeared on various American shows such as Good Day Philadelphia.
- Grossi Florentino, Melbourne
- Ombra Salumi Bar, Melbourne
- Merchant Osteria Veneta, Melbourne
- Mirka at Tolarno Hotel, St Kilda, Victoria
- Grossi Trattoria and Wine Bar, Bangkok
- Café Grossi
- Quadri, Armadale, Victoria
Grossi has written five books, Grossi Florentino – Secrets and Recipes, My Italian Heart, Recipes From My Mother's Kitchen Italian Food Safari and Love Italy.
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