Many customers and locals would certainly remember the first time Trivelli celebrated an anniversary, a few years ago: a long queue of people spanned Sydney Road in the hope of snapping up one of the store’s famous cannoli, at the exceptional price of the 1970s just for one day (the decade in which the Campisi family took over the business).
The outcome was beyond all expectations, and the tasty treats sold out in just a few hours.
To celebrate 52 years since the store’s foundation, Trivelli will keep with their cannoli tradition, and expect it to be a great success; in fact, the Marchitto family has already started preparing 20,000 cannoli to satisfy their clients.
Behind the name Trivelli – that of the store’s founding father and proprietor until 1975 – are three generations which have made the business what it is today.
As Grace explains, Trivelli stands proud as an institution of Sydney Road, a street with a constantly changing face, from its strong Italian heritage to its status as a multicultural hub and a space for sharing traditions and customs.
It was Grace’s parents, Giuseppe and Michela Campisi, who took over Trivelli Cakes as soon as they arrived in Australia from Vibo Valentia, in Calabria.
Giuseppe came with a wealth of experience as a pastry chef, and passed his passion and knowledge on to his son Sam and future son- in-law Paolo, who became an apprentice aged 15 and who still runs the Trivelli workshop today, in turn with his son Nazario.
When Giuseppe passed away several years ago, the latter made a promise to his nonno: that he would make him proud by maintaining the family tradition made up of recipes passed down through the generations and laborious work, just as he had been taught.
Michela, a seamstress and designer, gave an artistic touch to the business, and her creativity made the store’s displays, Easter eggs, sweets and bomboniere unique and stunning.
Today, there’s space for Grace’s talent and imagination, and she creates cakes and sweets with great attention and care to put a smile on clients’ faces.
Having grown up alongside the Trivelli name, Grace admits that carrying on a successful business hasn’t always been easy and that certain sacrifices have been made along the way.
In fact, the Campisi family never had the chance to enjoy celebrations and festivities, because on special occasions, they were too busy fulfilling the wishes of their clientele.
It’s a clientele which has become an integral part of the extended Trivelli family.
This large family was fostered by the store’s hospitality, with the smiles of Josie Pagliari and Tamika Capes.
Perhaps it was this hospitality, along with a burning passion for their work, which was Trivelli’s secret to overcoming two crises, one financial and the other due to a fire.
And of course, the Italian traditions and tastes associated with Trivelli make it an unforgettable name.