Marisa will guide you through the world of authentic Italian deserts.
Learn how to make amazing cakes, real biscotti and the perfect rich donuts at home.
- Learn about traditional Italian cakes
- Understand how to make your own authentic biscotti
- Make donuts at home
- Bella Cosi apron
- Recipes and tips to take home
- Enjoy the meals you have prepared during your lesson with your new cooking friends
- Writing materials
Vendor since 2012
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.