While Bianca, 31, and Alex, 24, are siblings, Vanessa, 37, is a first cousin, and all three of them grew up together in Sydney amongst a close-knit Italian family.
“Our Sundays were, and still are, spent at our nonni’s place enjoying a feast which was lovingly prepared by our grandparents,” Vanessa says.
“The hero of the meal is nonno’s pasta, made with sauce which he bottles himself... something he still does to this day at 91 years old.”
Hailing from the southern Italian island of Ischia, the trio’s grandparents migrated to Australia more than 50 years ago and eventually settled in the northern suburb of Naremburn.
Meanwhile, Vanessa’s paternal relatives originated from Naples and Bianca and Alex’s have Sicilian roots.
With southern Italian blood running through their veins, it’s only natural all three developed a deep sense of family and strong passion for food.
It’s a passion which, combined with their mutual love of travel, writing and photography, led to the creation of their successful blog, For Food’s Sake, in April 2014.
Boasting almost 50,000 Instagram followers, the trio share restaurant reviews, their favourite recipes (including some gems from their nonna Assunta’s handwritten recipe collection) and travel pieces with their audience.
Classic Italian recipes which feature on the blog include tiramisù, rococo Christmas biscuits and pasteria, a Neapolitan Easter cake.
“[For Food’s Sake] has evolved into something we could never have imagined when we started, through hard work, determination and commitment,” Alex says.
“We attribute this success to our consistency with not only our posting schedule, but also maintaining a high standard of photography.”
Melbourne-based Alex is a professional photographer and contributes to the blog with his talent for capturing stunning imagery.
“My love for food is evident in my passion…photography,” he says.
“With a keen eye for detail and sharp, punchy imagery, I aim to show food in glorious detail – creating the kind of pictures that illicit strong social media traction and instant cravings!”
Currently signed with The Ministry of Talent as a bespoke food photographer and content creator, Alex spends his spare time taking vibrant and engaging photos of dishes from Victoria’s finest eateries.
Meanwhile, Bianca and Vanessa focus on writing about their food and travel experiences and creating Sydney-based content.
“We each have strengths that complement each other well,” Bianca confirms.
Bianca is a self-proclaimed “avid restaurant hunter, television nut, carnivorous burger devourer, voracious reader and sacrificial food taster” with a passion for healthy eating and food preparations.
Meanwhile, Vanessa has spent the past 10 years of her life travelling the world (both for business and pleasure), experiencing food and culture along the way, “from sweet borscht [soup] in St. Petersburg, to succulent adana [kebabs] in Istanbul and aromatic tagine in Marrakesh”.
Though they’ve embarked on different food journeys, their blog allows these three family members to stay connected through their heritage and common interests.
However, the trio admit that Italian is the cuisine which features least on For Food’s Sake, particularly when it comes to restaurant reviews.
While this may surprise you at first, it makes much more sense when they explain why: “We’ve found nothing really compares to our nonno and nonna’s cooking!”