It’s hard to believe but Mosman mainstay Fourth Village Providore turned 10 last year.
Locals with a longer memory might remember the gym and video store that were housed
in the warehouse space before, or even the printing presses for the Mosman Daily that
lent the restaurant its high ceilings. But for most of us it’s difficult to recollect a time when
the bustling emporium wasn’t there.
“We didn’t really have much fanfare to celebrate our first decade,” laughs manager
Dominic Quatroville. “We feel like such a part of the community that we didn’t want to let
anyone down with half-hearted celebrations!” The good news is that the 10 th anniversary
has brought with it a bumper crop of the signature olives and olive oil from the
Quatroville farm in the Hunter Valley.
“Our in-store tastings are one of our most popular events,“ says Dominic. “This year the
conditions were perfect for our olives and our first press oils, which are available for
tastings and to buy now, are particularly great this year. There’s a strong peppery note
to the oil which will mellow out through the year.” The olives themselves, pickled in
house, will be available through the year.
From day one, Fourth Village has had the customers flocking for its mix of quality
produce, lively restaurant and hands-on friendly service. The Quatroville family, who are
behind the store and can regularly be seen on the shop floor, are integral to making the
“We were pretty confident that we could open something that would work in the location.
My grandad came over from Italy in the 1950s and opened a small fruit and veg shop
and retail is in the blood for the whole family. My dad actually came out of retirement
when we leased the premises at Vista Street,” recalls Dominic. “But never in our wildest
dreams did we expect it to become such an instant hit.”
“We’re a family business and to stop the fighting we’ve had to split the brothers up!”
jokes Dominic. “John looks after the day to day to operations, Sal is in charge of the
restaurant and I take care of a number of things including the produce. It means a
number of very early starts at Flemington Markets but that’s actually the best part of the
At the cornerstone of Fourth Village’s philosophy is an abundance of fresh produce. This
includes the quality fruit, vegetables and flowers sourced by Dominic at the markets, a
cheese room with over 300 different cheese and the restaurant which makes innovative
use of the seasonal offerings from the markets. And it’s all displayed in the airy,
atmospheric building, piled high to the ceilings in a delight for the senses. It’s a little slice
of Italy with its own Mosman twist.
The restaurant, open for breakfast and lunch seven days per week and for dinner from
Wednesday to Saturday, is a popular destination at all times. The menu, which relies on
seasonality, changes every two weeks. “We have devoted regulars but we can’t sit back
and be complacent,” says Dominic. “We like to keep the offerings interesting. For
example, we are running a regional tour of Italy with a dish and matching wine from a
region each month.”
Fourth Village has also become a huge part of the community it serves. “We are so
grateful to our customers. Without the Mosman community support we obviously
wouldn’t be able to survive. Mosman is one of the last true shopping villages in Sydney
and we’d love to see it stay that way.” The Quatroville family are also generous to the
area with sponsorship of the Mini Mos and the Mosman Art Prize.
The future is bright for Fourth Village Providore. “We have to constantly evolve and
adapt. We just have to continue to make sure we are consistent, always visible and keep
our customers coming back,” says Dominic. If they continue their winning formula of
great produce, interesting offerings and lively marketplace atmosphere, then the 20 year
celebrations are going to be huge.