Statement On Sisto Malaspina

A State Funeral will be held for Melbourne restaurateur Sisto Malaspina, who was tragically killed in the Bourke Street terror attack.

A founding father of Melbourne’s coffee culture, Mr Malaspina was as much a local icon as Pellegrini’s, the espresso bar he co-owned since 1974.

Known for his welcoming smile and customary cravat, the 74-year-old holds a place in the hearts of all who knew him.

On behalf of the Victorian Government, I offer my sincere condolences to Mr Malaspina’s beloved family and friends.

The State Funeral service will be held early next week and will be an opportunity to remember Sisto’s life on Bourke Street, not his death.

Further details will be finalised soon.