The family behind Doltone House celebrated a momentous milestone – 50 Golden Years of the brand – at their first venue in Sylvania Waters. An official plaque commemorating this extraordinary achievement was revealed by The Hon. Scott Morrison MP, Prime Minister of Australia in the presence of The Hon. Mark Raymond Speakman, SC MP, Councillor Carmelo Pesce, Mayor of Sutherland Shire, along with NSW parliamentarians, local councillors, business leaders and family members.
The Prime Minister Scott Morrison MP, remarked on the entrepreneurial nature, bravery, ambition and strong family ties of the Signorelli family who remain at the helm of Doltone House, namely Paul Signorelli, Executive Chairman, Anna Cesarano, Chief Executive Officer and Nina Milazzo, Chief Operating Officer, who have worked tirelessly since taking over the business 25 years ago from the Stubbs family.
“Family gives a sense of love and welcome. When I think of the Signorelli family, who have been in business for so long, I think of a family who has an intense love and passion for each other, and that love overflows into the community they serve.
“None are better than Doltone House. They are the standard. The quality of the food, the attention to detail – nothing is too hard.
“They aren’t a business just seeking to make money, it’s a business seeking to make a difference in the lives of its customers,” said Prime Minister Morrison.
Paul Signorelli, said the family has always had ambitious plans for the business, however these plans are always based around one thing – delivering exceptional, personalised service for each wedding and social event.
“We believe we’ve had success because we’ve kept what is important front and centre – great service and exceptional product. Life celebrations are so important, and we ensure our guests have a personalised and spectacular event.
“Even today our clients know they can reach out to us personally – they know we absolutely care about every single event,” said Mr Signorelli.
One of their well-known and popular ventures Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf Pyrmont, is a testament to the family’s vision and drive.
In 2004, Paul, Anna and Nina, led the transformation of the wedding landscape in Sydney when they saw the potential in an old empty warehouse on Jones Bay Wharf. After years of planning, they opened the doors to the fully renovated and restored finger wharf.
“Jones Bay Wharf was a monumental project for us and for Sydney. At the time we had to convince a lot of people to hold their glamorous and corporate events there, however they were quickly won over by the quality of the food and offerings,” said Mrs Milazzo.
In 2009 the development of Doltone House, Darling Island Pyrmont, on the site of Sydney’s old temporary casino, was transformed into a world-leading venue for sustainability.
“We have committed to sustainability throughout our business, from sourcing locally-grown food, to investing and creating the first Six Green Star building in NSW.
“As a business dedicated to the long-term, we know the importance of sustainability and the value it will play in the future,” said Mrs Cesarano.
In 2013 the business renovated and transformed the old Tattersalls Club building on Elizabeth Street, Sydney and Doltone House Hyde Park was born.
However, it is their philanthropic work the Signorelli family is most proud. They currently support over 150 charities and inspired by their father’s passing, they started The Biaggio Signorelli Foundation through which they have raised millions of dollars for research into Mesothelioma, Asbestos Cancer.
In 2010 the Signorelli family also gifted to the people of NSW, a life-size bronze statue titled, ‘Life From A Suitcase’ which sits on Darling Island as a celebration of immigration in Australia; a tribute to migrant success stories.
Over 50 years, Doltone House has hosted almost 67,000 events, including over 15,000 weddings, and have catered for over 6,400,000 people.
Doltone House employs over 550 people across Sydney and dedicates their success to their staff.
Mr Signorelli said: “Our staff are an extension of our family. We couldn’t have reached where we are today without their commitment and efforts, we have been honoured to work with such great people.”
Doltone House has been recognised for its extraordinary business results having won over 50 prestigious awards. However, as Anna Cesarano notes, this hasn’t meant they’ve forgotten their strong family roots.
“We were inspired by our father Biaggio and mother Fina to do our best, work for each other and give to others. Our father’s legacy sits front and centre with us every day, and we know how proud of us he would be,” said Mrs Cesarano.
The Signorelli family now operates six venues and over 30 event spaces. They will open Marconi Events at Marconi Club in 2020, an event destination precinct in Milperra, NSW in 2025 and have more projects in the pipeline.
Source: Doltone House