Cicciabella, Maurice Terzini’s neighbourhood Italian diner in Bondi, is closing after two years. The restaurant launched in October 2019, replacing Da Orazio Pizza, which was also operated by Terzini. Now, the space is set to come full circle: Orazio D’Elia, the former head chef at Da Orazio, for whom the restaurant was named, is taking over.

“It seemed only appropriate to hand over the keys to my long-time friend and ex-partner Orazio – there is an excellent understanding between us. Thank you Bondi,” said Terzini in a statement.

Cicciabella Paramatta will continue to dish out classic pasta dishes and a cracking menu of wine and cocktails, and Terzini says there’s another Cicciabella on the way next year. He’s also working on new venues in Melbourne and Byron Bay, and continues to operate Bondi icon Icebergs.

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D’Elia posted a photograph on Instagram from the space to announce his new restaurant.

“Some of you may recognise where I’m sitting. Yes, I am where it all began and where I met a lot of you. With so much happiness I will swing open those red doors to welcome you back to my dining room [Da Orazio in] (2022), it’s coming to you.”

Since parting ways with Terzini, D’Elia has founded, and recently sold out of, pizzerias Matteo Double Bay and Matteo Downtown. He also had a hand in the European-style food halls Romeo’s IGA has opened around town.

Cicciabella Bondi is set to close on November 28.