BIVIANO’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY LAUNCH SPEECH

Thank you all for coming along as we celebrated the launch of our 20th anniversary years of Biviano’s Dural. We like to begin with a special thanks to Clr Dr Michelle Byrne, The Hills Mayor and Hon David Elliott MP along with Mr Jason Joyce, Superintendent Hills LAC and Mr Michael Edgar, General Manager Hills Shire Council. Apologies of Hon Ray Williams & Dr Jim Taggart OAM and Hon Alex Hawke MP.

The last 20 years have been a whirlwind and Biviano’s has been a part of so many lives and 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 before the days of Netflix and Uber eats. 1999, Raj started working with Mr Belmonte and learnt the art of pizza making from Belmonte himself. A bit over qualified for this position, Raj had come to Australia with a master’s 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 & location 628 Old Northern Road which was previously the Butterfly Café, known to the community for many years. Our dream came to light, and this is what we see today. We have been in this location now almost seven years and still growing.

A huge thank you to The Hills Council for always supporting us along the way.

For those of you a bit more on the factual side, some numbers for you. 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 is true to the lessons which 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 as life’s treasured moments unfold, such as when a young girl, holding onto her dad’s finger walk together into their favourite restaurant, Biviano’s, then 20 years on walk on another man’s arm with an engagement ring on her finger. We are honoured to be a part of all the memories which are being created each time a guest 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 20 events. We have a fantastic line-up for you ranging from degustation wine dinners to the Melbourne Cup Cocktail party and are throwing things into a flurry with a midnight in Paris themed NYE.

To compliment a year of events, we have a few, well, a lot of ongoing promotions to get you excited. Complimentary Canapes Monday to Thursday for dinner. Complimentary Sparkling wine for lunch Monday to Friday.

We have some amazing extra special PLP exclusive benefits and a ‘pretty in pink’ High Tea. We have wine tasting tables on Wednesday for a few of the months and what would a 20th anniversary celebration in August be without an amazing Hills Annual Charity Gala. With the support of our community, we have raised more than $250,000 over the past six years at The Hills Annual Charity Gala Ball by Bivianos. This year, we are having an extra special 20th Anniversary Celebration Gala Ball on the same night.