Biviano’s recently invited many loyal customers and local dignitaries to a special 20-year celebration event on Thursday 5th March.
Here are some highlights from the speech given by their Events Manager, Hannah.
The last 20 years have been a whirlwind and Biviano’s has been a part of so many lives and an integral part of the community. It has been an inspirational adventure as we have watched The Hills District grow and evolve into an area fundamental to the success and growth of New South Wales. In 1996, Mr Gino Belmonte opened Belmontes Café behind Maccas in Dural, where you’d rent a video and pick up a pizza.
Today’s version of Netflix and Uber eats. In 1999, current owner Raj started working with Mr Belmonte and learnt the pizza section from Belmonte himself. A bit overqualified for this position, Raj had come to Australia with a master in Business.
Then, Silvio Biviano took over with Raj at his side and, in January 2000, renamed it Biviano’s. In 2005, Raj took over from Silvio and the overqualified pizza chef was able to show that it’s not what’s on the outside that counts. It was a rollercoaster ride from then and we’re happy to say that the ride has never stopped.
In 2013, Biviano’s moved to the new current building and location: 628 Old Northern Road was previously the Butterfly Café, known to the community for many years. Our dream came to light in what we see today. We have been in this location now almost 7 years and we are still growing.
A huge thank you to The Hills Council for always supporting us along the way. On the factual side, here are some numbers. Over the last 20 years, we have worked with over 500 staff and watched them grow and develop into passionate individuals.
Over 600,000 pizzas have been made. And their style? Exactly as when Mr Belmonte first taught Raj. We have had the privilege of seating and serving over 1,000,000 guests and have handed out over 100,000 takeaway orders for people to enjoy at home.
Over the last 20 years, we have hosted more than 800 special events. We have enjoyed watching a young girl evolve, holding onto her dad’s finger as they walk in to their favourite restaurant Biviano’s and walk out 20 years later on a man’s arm and an engagement ring on her finger.
We have had the honour of being a part of memories being made for every guest that walks through our doors. Onto our 20th anniversary year, and what a year we have in store for you. So what better way to celebrate 20 years in 2020 than by hosting a number of events.
We have a fantastic line-up for you ranging from degustation wine dinners to the Melbourne Cup Cocktail party and we are throwing things into a flurry with a Midnight in Paris themed NYE. To complement a year of events, we have a lot of ongoing promotions to get you excited.
With the support of our community, we have raised over $250,000 over the past 6 years at The Hills Annual Charity Gala Ball by Bivianos and this year, we are having an extra special 20th Anniversary Celebration Gala Ball on the same night.