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Murder & Mozzarella 

The murder of an Italian grandmother in her restaurant kitchen sets more than spaghetti sauce simmering, as two rival immigrant families juggle the demands of cooking, love, and an Italian crime syndicate.


Peter Andrikidis


Kerry Greenwood (novel), Chris Corbett | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Essie Davis ... Phryne Fisher
Nathan Page ... Detective John 'Jack' Robinson
Hugo Johnstone-Burt ... Hugh Collins
Ashleigh Cummings ... Dorothy 'Dot' Williams
Tammy Macintosh ... Dr. Mac
Travis McMahon Travis McMahon ... Bert
Anthony J. Sharpe ... Cec (as Anthony Sharpe)
Richard Bligh Richard Bligh ... Mr. Butler
Annette Serene Annette Serene ... Nonna Luisa
Paul Pantano ... Vincenzo Strano
Dennis Coard Dennis Coard ... Father O'Leary
Robert Mammone ... Guido Lupinacci
Danielle Horvat ... Marianna Luppinacci
Vince D'Amico ... Pappa Antonio Strano
Louisa Mignone ... Concetta Fabrizi (as Louise Mignone)


Hugh's road to Catholicism gets detoured by word of a murder. Phryne and Jack soon become embroiled in a family feud between hot-headed Italian restaurateurs with a history of grievances that include arson, forbidden love, stolen recipes, and unsolved murders. As Jack, having previously dealt with these two families, imposes a truce during his new investigation, Dot uses her clout to adjust a tenet of the church that Hugh finds most appealing. Written by statmanjeff

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


Did You Know?


Two characters claim to have gone to see "an Al Jolson movie" but never mention any by name. As action of Murder & Mozzarella takes place in the later part of 1929 - and dismissing New York Nights, in which Al Jolson only had a cameo (along with Mammy's Boy (1923) which was only a film short) - the possibilities can only be, in reverse order: Say It with Songs (released in 1928), The Singing Fool (1927) or The Jazz Singer (1923). See more »


The name of actress Louisa Mignone appears correctly in the closing credits, but in the opening credits it appears as "Louise Mignone" with an E rather than an A. See more »


Dorothy 'Dot' Williams: Father O'Leary has a telephone at the church. I'll call Miss Fisher.
Hugh Collins: Ah, now, Dottie, we have to call the Inspector.
Dorothy 'Dot' Williams: Let's call them both.
Hugh Collins: But, I'm telephoning the Inspector first.
Dorothy 'Dot' Williams: It's my church, Hugh. I do the flowers. You're not even confirmed. Ladies first.
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Composed by Emil Waldteufel
Performed by Italia Bella Orchestra
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"Not eating Italian tonight, Jack?"
24 June 2017 | by bensonmum2See all my reviews

An Italian grandmother who cooks for her own restaurant is killed in her kitchen. Phryne and Jack investigate and find themselves on opposite sides of a decades old feud involving two Italian families. Complicating matters is a Romeo and Juliet type romance between two of the younger family members. What's behind the old feud? Surely it's more than a stolen recipe book.

This is getting terribly repetitive. Murder and Mozzarella is another in a long line of fantastic episodes that I've rated an 8/10. These things are just so good and so entertaining. The mystery here is top notch as Jack and Phryne must not only find a present day killer, but also uncover old, buried secrets. Murder and Mozzarella includes plenty of gun play and other action as our heroes mix it up with the Australian version of the mafia. I always like an episode where Phryne has a reason to whip out that little, but dangerous, gun. The mystery's conclusion is more than satisfactory.

The best thing about this episode though is watching Phryne's jealousy. In most episode, Jack has to suffer through Phryne's endless stream of suitors. Here, the tables are turned. What fun!

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English | Italian

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22 May 2015 (Australia) See more »

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