Meet The Restauranteurs - Piccolo Cucina

Kieran O’Connor

Kieran O’Connor’s love of Italian food combined with his business management skills is a recipe made in heaven.

The owner of Piccolo Cucina – who has been in the industry 24 years – came to Palm Cove for a visit about 13 years ago and never left. He left his restaurant job in Sydney and worked as a Front of House manager for a Palm Cove restaurant for six years before buying his restaurant in FNQ, El Forno.

He went on to co-own two other restaurants in Palm Cove before taking over at Piccolo Cucina 2 years ago.

Kieran, who loves Italian food although he’s not Italian, is so passionate about ensuring all recipes are in traditional Italian style that he has Italian born friends try dishes before they go on the menu.

“When guests come in and spend their hard-earned dollars, I want to be sure they get value for money, have a great dining experience and leave happy,” he said.

Piccolo Cucina
17 Abbott St, Cairns

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