Marisa Di Lisio, the owner of Bella Cosi, first started her business over 15 years ago. Working in the city as a Corporate Events Manager, she would often bring in her homemade biscotti to the office for morning teas. Word soon spread that she made tasty biscotti, and people started to place orders for boxes of her delicacies.
When asked what the meaning of Bella Cosi is, Marisa would simply reply, "Beautiful Things."
Marisa applied for a permit via the local council for a commercial kitchen at her home. This would generate extra income while she worked at her office job during the day. When her young boys slept at night, Marisa would often stay up late (until the early hours of the morning) baking biscotti for cafés, to be delivered the next day before going to work in the office.
As time passed, the news that Marisa was baking for many cafés in Melbourne soon spread. Being passionate about food and coffee, she decided to create her own coffee label called "Bella Cosi", which a local coffee roaster in Port Melbourne made for her.
It’s obvious that Marisa’s passion is Food and People, and what better way to combine both than to open up her own cafeteria in Port Melbourne, to unite all of her talents and passions under the one roof. Formally known as The Freemasons’ Tavern and The Sandridge Hotel, our historic building was one of the original hotels built along the Port Melbourne foreshore over 150 years ago.
Now home to Bella Cosi, it overlooks the Port Phillip Bay and nearby Station Pier (current dock for the "Spirit Of Tasmania" cruise ship), with indoor and outdoor seating to highlight our scenic views of the foreshore. Marisa is thrilled to be located in such a beautiful area of Melbourne - and together with her three handsome and very talented sons, Vince, Christian and Anthony - all have their own skills to enhance Bella Cosi.
Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at Bella Cosi or organised by Bella Cosi must agree to these terms and conditions.
1.) LIABILITY WAIVER
I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by Bella Cosi.
2.) PHOTO & VIDEO
I agree to give Bella Cosi unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at Bella Cosi classes and events or on Bella Cosi's premises. (For use of Bella Cosi marketing materials).
Bella Cosi requires 48 hours notice in writing prior to the class for a full refund or transfer.
In the event that a class is cancelled, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund or credit.