Welcome to Farm Vigano, a property rich in history and in Italian culture through the once iconic restaurateur, Mario Vigano of Mario’s in Exhibition Street and his wife, Maria Teresa, a noted artist during the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s.
The Farm Viganò at South Morang, was purchased by Mario and Maria Teresa Viganò in 1934-35, and sold soon after Mario's death.
The property, with house, farm buildings, and designed landscape, provides the last tangible physical association with Mario and
Maria Teresa Viganò, and is able to demonstrate their remarkable contribution to cuisine, hospitality, culture and the arts.
This is on account of its long use and association with Mario Viganò, the patriarch of Melbourne's, and probably Australia's,
most prominent restaurant family. Mario Viganò (1888-1966) was among a small number of Italian emigrants who pioneered the
introduction of Italian and other cultures to the mono-culture of Anglo Celtic Australian society. 'Mario's' restaurant in
Exhibition Street Melbourne, and 'The Farm' at South Morang were the principal venues for his contribution to Australian society.