Enzo's Cucina sells pantry goods to survive coronavirus crisis

Steve Cattarossi with some of the goods on sale at Enzo's Cucina Gregory Hills. Picture: Chris Lane
Steve Cattarossi with some of the goods on sale at Enzo's Cucina Gregory Hills. Picture: Chris Lane

Government restrictions on restaurants have decimated the hospitality industry during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak - but some local businesses are changing things up to stay afloat.

The COVID-19 situation means dining in is no longer an option for any Australian business, including restaurants, cafes, clubs and more.

The tough restrictions have forced many eateries to close their doors.

However, some are turning to innovative means to keep the money flowing in this trying time.

Enzo's Cucina in Gregory Hills is among them.

The Italian restaurant - part of the Enzo's group which also has locations in Camden and Macarthur Square - may not be able to welcome any customers in store, but owner Steve Cattarossi said they had other ideas.

"The Enzo's group has a lot of stock, so we thought we would sell some of that to customers to try and extend the time before we have to shut down temporarily," he said.

"We have a lot of food in the pantry that we're not going to be using, so why not?"

The restaurant has a table packed with goods - including Italian drinks, dry pasta, canned tomato and more - on sale.

They're encouraging locals to pick up their staples from Enzo's instead of already depleted supermarkets like Coles and Woolworths.

"Lots of people have been really good and shopping with us instead of the big chains," Mr Cattarossi said.

"We're also selling our alcohol with take-away orders."

Mr Cattarossi encouraged other businesses to try out-of-the-box ideas during the crisis.

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