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Metre-long pizza coming to Orange; is this the new home for McCarthy's Pharmacy?

A sign pointing to the arrival of a new Italian restaurant.

By Peter Holmes

The whispers have been flying thick and fast about a possible new location for McCarthy's Pharmacy, but all the relevant parties are playing their cards close to their chest.

There was a big local reaction when The Orange News Examiner revealed last month that the site on Lords Place currently occupied by McCarthy's was available for rent from April 2022 at a cool $150,000 a year.

Many wanted to know if the pharmacy was moving, or closing down.

We received tip-offs suggesting the pharmacy was certainly not closing, and was set to relocate from Lords Place up Summer Street to the Summer Centre, which is undergoing a major overhaul.

Some staff within the Summer Centre are certainly expecting a pharmacy to open in coming months, and point to the site formerly occupied by a butcher as the likely location.

The new site for McCarthy's Pharmacy?

We reported earlier this month that two of the shops in the Summer Centre - Choox and The Sugar Mill - would be changing locations within the centre.

We contacted staff at McCarthy's Pharmacy to ask if they were heading up to the Summer Centre, but they said they couldn't comment, and that an announcement would be made in coming weeks.

A representative for the owner of the shopping centre declined to confirm or deny whether McCarthy's would be new tenants within the centre.

The public relations company representing the shopping centre was unable to comment, but also said there would be news regarding the centre made available in coming weeks.

Choox and The Sugar Mill are moving within the Summer Centre. Copyright: Orange News Examiner.

Meanwhile, Pellegrini's Italian restaurant is set to open in the Summer Centre in May.

The menu will be similar to sister restaurants in Sydney's Kirrawee and Chatswood, but will have a focus on local wines.

Fencing has been erected alongside Choox charcoal chicken in preparation for building Pellegrini's outdoor dining area.

General manager for Pellegrini's operations Giovanni Convertino told The Orange News Examiner that connections to the restaurant have already made about 10 trips to Orange to check on the site and meet with local wineries, breweries and coffee roasters, including Philip Shaw, Pioneer and Bills Beans.

Work has begun on the outdoor seating area for new Italian restaurant Pellegrini's. Copyright: Orange News Examiner.

He said the team will be led by an Italian head chef from Sydney, but that other chefs, wait staff and runners would be employed locally.

A locally-based manager has already been appointed.

"We want to support local," Convertino said.

The menu in Orange will be slightly less extensive than the Sydney menus, with a focus on pasta - some of which will be made in the kitchen in Orange - and wood-fired pizza.

"That is our strength," said Convertino.

A metre-long pizza will be one of the attractions.

Convertino said all the pizza dough was stretched by hand, and that the pizza sauces were all made fresh.

There will be some fresh seafood, including calamari and mussels.


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