ITALY has come to Casino for Beef Week.
Casino's business district, local schools and care providers all got into the ‘spirito di Italia' by dressing up their windows and staff and serving up whatever bribes they could to the judges.
There were gondolas, Roman feasts, pizzerias, intimate Italian restaurants, and plenty of pasta and red wine.
The judges were greeted by Al Capone and a number of his mafia mobsters, gondoliers, Italian chefs, gladiators and even characters from Super Mario.
One chef even had spaghetti coming out of his hat.
The music of Pavarotti filled the air while the smells of pasta and pizza filled the nostrils.
One real estate agent had a number of well-known Italian properties for sale including the Colosseum – renovate or detonate – and Pompeii, a definite fire sale.
There was even a painting of the Mona Lisa done by a goat farmer in Bonalbo up for grabs.
The judges were offered plenty of vino, meatballs and tiramisu, making the final decision that much harder.
Results of the Window Display and Dress-up Competition were as follows:
- Best Dressed Window: Winner – Greater Building Society, Runner-up – Vogue Frock Salon, Highly Commended – Richmond Valley Council and Clayton James Solicitor.
- Best Dressed Staff: Winner – PRD Real Estate, Runner-up – Star Office Supplies, Highly Commended – Nat-ional Australia Bank and Casino Village RV Resort.
- Nursing Homes and Care Providers: Winner – On-Focus, Runner-up – Casino Community Services.
- Schools: Winner – Casino Public School, Runner-up – Kookaburra Early Learning, Highly Commended – Casino West Public School.
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