Woggies restaurant owner Dom Rognoni is busy preparing for his eatery's grand opening
Woggies restaurant owner Dom Rognoni is busy preparing for his eatery's grand opening Nev Madsen

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RESTAURANT owner Donna Rognoni was relaxing at home with her family over a few drinks when the idea arose to name her traditional Italian eatery after a term long-embraced by her husband.

There was no way she could have foreseen the level of exposure the title Woggies would bring to her business ahead of its grand opening.

Messages of support and disappointment have flowed since news broke of her and husband Dom's decision to use the title.

National media attention has also focused on the restaurant's title, with television broadcasters and a Melbourne radio station among those getting in touch to find out more.

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"I'm just blown away," Mrs Rognoni said.

"It is so ridiculous."

She said phone calls of support started coming in after the restaurant featured in a television news bulletin on Wednesday.

"The exposure is fantastic.

"We just hope we are able to live up to people's expectations."

The restaurant began selling takeaways last night and plans to hold a grand opening next Friday.

Much ado about Woggies

  • Pat Calder: "Hate the name. Surely something more creative would be better than this"
  • Chantelle Williams: "There is nothing wrong with this name, if you know the family they are a very proud Italian family and even carry the wog name throughout property. Just because you don't like the name of the business doesn't mean the food won't be good."
  • Vicki Lynette Trunks: "Awful name"
  • Margo Mcgavin: "great name. ..hope all goes well..I will b there."
  • Trish Quart: "My husband was teased horribly at school with this name and he and his family would feel it very inappropriate"
  • Tenille Speranza: "I am Italian myself and I absolutely love the name! Hope it all goes well and sure will be dining there in the near future"
  • Rebecca Santillan: "I didnt marry a 1st generation Italian migrant to be slandered as a 'Wog'."
  • Kirsten Maher: "Forget the name! There's nothing wrong with it. As long as it's beautiful and yummy food who really cares about the rest! Can't wait to try it"

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