Our Staff



Via Alta's staff are dedicated to providing the highest quality traditional Italian recipes with a focus on great produce.

Since April 2014 Via Alta has been owned and run by Alessandro Pavoni and Bill Drakopoulos.


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Alessandro Pavoni

 Alessandro Pavoni began his career in Brescia, in Italy’s north, working at Carlo Magno with the famous Iginio Massari and Giuseppe Maffioli. After working in various Michelin star venues such as La Rotonde in France and the two Michelin starred Villa Fiordaliso on Lake Garda, Alessandro broadened his culinary horizons working in Bermuda at the famous Restaurant Lido before moving to Sydney permanently in 2003.


Alessandro assumed the role of Executive Chef at the Park Hyatt in 2005, managing a team of over 30 chefs. In 2009, Alessandro’s dream of owning his own restaurant became a reality with Ormeggio at The Spit. Ormeggio at The Spit has been a hatted restaurant since opening, achieving national acclaim in 2011, appearing on Australia’s most loved cooking show, MasterChef.


In 2013, Alessandro joined forces with one of Sydney's most respected restaurateurs, Bill Drakopoulos of The Sydney Restaurant Group.


Visit his website for more information on Alessandro, his experience (and even some recipes).



Bill Drakopoulos

With thirty years’ experience in the hospitality industry, Bill combines his expert knowledge of restaurant operations with his passion for customer service to undertake his business ventures. Bill has encapsulated the essence of Sydney dining in the Sydney Restaurant Group venues.


Bill independently owns Aqua Dining and Ripples, some of Sydney’s premier waterfront venues.


His association with Alessandro Pavoni began in 2013, with Ormeggio at The Spit. Bill, Alessandro and Alex Keene have partnered to bring this local Italian trattoria to Willoughby. 


To find out more about Bill and his restaurants, visit http://www.aquadining.com.au

Join Our Team

If you are a self-motivated and enthusiastic person with a background in hospitality we would love to hear from you.

We are recruiting for cooks, chefs and waiters.

Please send your resume to info@viaalta.com.au