Our Story

After working for over 10 years at some of Sydney’s best hospitality venues, Orlando packed up and moved down to Wollongong to turn his dream of owning his own restaurant into reality. Through Orlando’s extensive knowledge of pizza and his Mother (Angela’s) Nonna’s touch, the pair have grown Da Orlando Woodfire Pizzeria to be amongst the most successful authentic Italian restaurants in Wollongong!

Orlando’s pizza is cooked in the traditional Roman style, making the pizzas crunchier and less doughy. For the more demanding stomach and to keep his pizza very light, he proves the dough for 72 hours at the perfect temperature to achieve the best result possible.

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Our Philosophy

Orlando wants as many people as possible to have the chance to enjoy his range of authentic Italian meals, which is why he has included gluten-free options on his menu. All of the pasta dishes (besides the meatballs), as well as his delicious truffle desserts, are gluten free. Unfortunately, he cannot offer gluten-free pizza bases as the pizza is cooked in the same woodfire oven as non-gluten-free bases, which means there is a very high risk of cross-contamination. The health and safety of our customers is the number one priority at Da Orlando Woodfire Pizzeria. 

My Story

Dream Chaser is the true story of Orlando, who left his family, his friends, and moved from a small city in Italy to Sydney, Australia to chase his dreams. A really intense story written in Orlando’s own words, full of experiences, mistakes, and up and down moments that eventually turned into pure joy and happiness. The purpose of this book is to give young guys like Orlando the courage and inspiration to move out of their comfort zone and to follow their dreams even if sometimes it could be scary.