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The Zorbalettos – meet the family

This page is dedicated to my family.

The Italians

The family consists of:

  1. Mum = Gina Bortoletto 60-something years young and a great cook and organiser
  2. Dad =  Walter Bortoletto 60-something years old and a wine lover
  3. Me = Dianne Bortoletto, 40-ish, PR professional and married to Andrew Petrelis, no kids, puppy called Bella, proudly Australian and Italian
  4. Snotta = Susie King, member of ‘club 40’, my sister, married to Ben, mum to Indianna and Sam, she either is very passionate about something, or couldn’t really care less
  5. Benno = Ben King, almost 40, Event and Marketing Director, married to Susie, dad to Indianna and Sam, mad cricket and Kangaroos fan. Skip
  6. Indi = Indianna King, 9, my gorgeous niece who knows her own mind
  7. Sam = Sam King, 7, my cheeky terror of a nephew

We shared a trip of a lifetime together – two weeks together in Italia in July 2012.  Thanks to the trip’s valued sponsor, Mum & Dad. Best present to us ever x x

Gina and Walter - mum and dad, in Rome 2012

Gina and Walter – mum and dad, in Rome 2012

Ben and Susie, looking gorgeous

Indi, 5, and Sam, 3, ready to hit the waves!

Zorba and I, toasting our engagement in Positano, Italy in 2010

The Greeks (sort of):

Zorba’s family, my Greek family, consists of:

  1. Katie Petrelis, Zorba’s mother and Yia Yia to her triplet grandchildren. Born in Alexandria to Cypriot father and Lebanese mother. A great cook and spoke five languages as a child. Greek-Cypriot. 
  2. Zorba is my husband Andrew John Petrelis, (only just) 40-something, IT Systems Administrator, dedicated Hawthorn AFL silver member, professional eater, Greek. Or Cypriot, or Lebanese or Egyptian. Depends on who he is talking to and what mood he’s in.
  3. Marnie Paoliello, 40-something, Zorba’s little sister, qualified accountant, mum to triplet boys. If you wear nice things around Marnie, she’ll ask to borrow them.
  4. Con Paoliello, 40-something, Marnie’s husband, partner in a large multinational accounting firm. Father to triplet boys. An organiser. Italian – yay!
  5. Leo, 11 years old, is a creative soul, into cooking, playing, and painting. Half Italian, half Greek
  6. John, 11 years old, a sportsman in the making. John has been corrupted by his Uncle Andrew to follow Hawthorn FC. Half Italian, half Greek
  7. Matthew, 11 years old, loves to talk non-stop and when he is not talking, you can find him buried in a book. Half Italian, half Greek
  8. Katie Petrelis \

    Katie Petrelis

    Greek Easter 2016 - all - 1

    Greek Easter selfie – from left: Leo, Matthew, Katie, Zorba, John, Con (can just see him), Marnie (blocking Con), and me

Marnie and Con

Con and Marnie

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