Pete’s Pizza Pasta Cafe & Bar is a 24 seat cafe based on the Mekong riverside in Kratie, Cambodia. The business opened in November 2015 (replacing Sorya Café) with a singularly western menu, making it the only eating place in Kratie that does not sell rice. In addition to providing jobs for local people, the goals of the business include serving authentic Italian style pizza and pasta, along with an array of fresh salads and homemade freshly baked breads, muffins and cookies. Also on offer is a range of international wines, local beers, espresso coffee and a variety of other hot and cold drinks.
The Kingdom of Cambodia is actively trying to grow its tourism market and empower its young people through employment and training opportunities. Pete’s Pizza Pasta & Cafe is proud to be part of this evolution.
Captains of the Crew
Pete – Owner – Originally from NZ before moving to Australia in the late 1980s, Pete turned his back on the corporate world in Sydney to immerse himself in the challenges and joys of life in Cambodia.
Being an avid traveller and never needing much of an excuse to board a plane, Pete first visited Cambodia in 2011. He returned in 2014 and spent a couple of weeks on and around the Mekong. After enjoying a half day kayaking trip with Sorya Kayaking Adventures & Cafe one afternoon, he was chatting with the then owner, Suzanne, about life and business in Cambodia, and as the saying goes “the rest is history”.
Borey – Manager – Borey is a Kratie local who lives in a small village a few kilometres away from Kratie town. He not only looks after the day to day running of the café and related kayaking business, but also runs Green Bar in the town centre as well as private tours for visitors to the province. And as if that doesn’t keep him busy enough, he also doing part time study at the local university where he is just one year away from completely his Management degree.
M, Mykor & Nick – M comes from a village just south of Kratie town, Mykor’s home province is Stueng Treng north of Kratie and Nick moved to Kratie from his home in Phnom Penh. On his days away from the café, M spends his time studying English and Management at the local university, and when needed, helps out as a back-up kayaking guide. Mykor is a recent graduate of the Le Tonle Hospitality Training School in Stueng Treng, which is sadly now closed due to a lack of funding, and also helps out as a back-up kayak guide. Nick left his job at Metfone to join the café crew in late 2015, and occasionally helps out as the standby truck driver for the kayak tours. He is currently looking forward to his upcoming wedding to his Kratie born fiancé in late 2016. They all speak good English and enjoying talking with and serving the many foreign visitors that pass through Kratie.
Makra, SreyMoa, Seiha & Mak Sis – Makra grew up in the villages around Kratie and her husband Seiha grew up on the west bank of the Mekong across the river from Kratie. This husband wife team are joined by Makra’s sister, Mak Sis, and another family member, SreyMoa, who both live in a small village on the Mekong a few kms north of Kratie town. After being trained by a chef from Sydney, together they create delicious thin base pizza & pasta dishes, freshly baked bread, muffins and cookies, as well as a variety of sandwiches and egg dishes.