Family sits at the core of Middle Park’s newest addition, Ronnie’s Clubhouse – the brainchild of mother-daughter duo Claire Parviz (mastermind behind South Bank trattoria The Spaghetti House) and Leila Amirparviz (Pasta Club in West End). The 30-seat restaurant has been conceived as an homage to family patriarch, the late Ronald ‘Ronnie’ Lowthian, a Middle Park local who was a familiar face around the suburb thanks to his work as a real estate agent. Ronnie’s Clubhouse can be found at Metro Middle Park, the retail precinct where Ronnie operated his real estate business for more than three decades. Claire and Leila are drawing upon their considerable experience in the pasta scene to create a menu steeped in Italian influences – we’re talking red and white pizzas (including options topped with fior di latte, burnt honey, salumi, pancetta and chilli oil, and mushrooms, thyme, confit garlic, truffle paste and smoked ricotta), phenomenal pasta (naturally), large-format mains, and a selection of sweets and sides. Darcy Adam, Leila’s partner and Pasta Club co-owner, is overseeing the drinks list at Ronnie’s Clubhouse, led by ten cocktails named after Ronnie’s great-grandchildren and a wine list led by Ronnie’s Pinot Grigio – a special drop produced and bottled in the Murray Darling winemaking region. Claire’s sister Sarah is handling the coffee machine, which will dispense quality brews from Vittoria, while Claire’s mother Glenys will on hand as the restaurant’s patron and hostess, sharing stories and welcoming guests with friendly warmth.