Farm Vigano

Italian culture in the Plenty Gorge Parklands


10 Bushman’s Way, South Morang


Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung land

Working Heritage is currently seeking an organisation to lease The Cottage at Farm Vigano.



The house at Farm Vigano is now the bustling Farm Vigano Italian restaurant, while DPV Health and a landscpaing business also lease spaces on the site. The buildings are set in extensive gardens and grounds that are always open to the public to enjoy. Visit for a game of bocce or tennis or a walk in the orchard.

Farm Vigano stands on the land of the Wurundjeri people. The Plenty Gorge has been a food bowl and transport route for millenia and is rich in Aboriginal cultural heritage.


Farm Vigano is a link to the emergence of Italian culture in Melbourne – of food, music, art and family life. Mario Vigano pioneered Italian cuisine in Melbourne through his restaurant Mario’s on Exhibition Street in Melbourne. With his wife, artist Maria Teresa Vigano, the couple purchased the farm in the 1930s to supply their restaurant and to escape the chaos of their restaurant. During the 1950s they transformed the original cottage into a grand brick and weatherboard residence that reflected their attitude to hospitality and family life.  

The Vigano’s descendants, including Patricia and Mietta O’Donnell, continued the food traditions the Viganos brought to Melbourne in the 1930s.

Working Heritage began managing Farm Vigano in 2005. The property had been neglected, vandalised and was being considered for demolition. A lot of work and significant resources brought the place back to life, and have made it into a place used and valued by the community.

The future

Working Heritage is planning for the future of Farm Vigano. In late 2016 the Farm Vigano Masterplan and Management Plan was launched to provide strategic direction for the site and identify ways its cultural heritage, relationship to the community and financial outcomes can be enhanced. 


  • The site is steep and can be challenging to walk around. Please take care. 
  • It is home to native wildlife, including snakes.

Farm Vigano
Farm Vigano
Farm Vigano


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