Orange’s love affair with food has taken a step forward with the return of the La Porchetta restaurant group.
But the 100 per cent local effort on Peisley Street offers a completely different look, feel, flavour and style than a previous effort that closed several years ago.
Owners Julie and Shane Campbell have employed more than 30 people aged from 16 to the 40s, all from the Orange district, to cook, serve and work at the new establishment.
La Porchetta brought in some big guns from Melbourne to launch the restaurant last Thursday night.
They included executive chef Luca Ciano, who has worked at a two-star restaurant in Italy and pizza trainer Robert Velardo to train the new staff.
Mr Velardo said he had run his own La Porchetta franchise in Melbourne for 12 years and knew the trends.
“Mother’s Day will be the busiest day of the year because dads aren’t going to cook,” he said.