Maria or ‘Tutti Frutti Venuti’ as she is affectionately known, is a much loved and highly successful Australian Showbiz icon, performer, actor and entertainer
On stage she has performed in the critically acclaimed one woman Jazz Cabaret - Venuti’s Dates and Mama Claus Christmas Cabaret and admits that to her “variety is the spice of life”
Some of her proudest moments include her being honoured with the Heart of Variety Award, for her outstanding work with Variety - The Children’s Charity, being asked to be an Australia Day Ambassador and being decorated as a Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday Honours for her ‘services to the community’ as a fundraiser for Charitable Organizations, particularly those involved with medical research.
Most recently Maria and her food-loving daughter, Bianca organised a food and wine tour to Italy called - Venuti’s Sicilia - The Ultimate Food and Wine Tour that gave a select group of guests access to her favourite places throughout the region which, by all accounts was hugely successful.
Growing up Maria always loved helping her Mama with her cooking and her Papa was a ball of energy who would well and truly do things the Sicilian way. Maria recounts her dinners as always being a joy “they were noisy with loads of neighbours and relatives, with Mama always telling me eat up and never leave any food on the plate!”