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Party time at Pino’s to celebrate 25 years
AN OPEN invitation has been extended by all
at Pino’s to join in the fun of a 25th birthday cel-
ebration this Wednesday evening in Cowes.
In keeping with its strong Italian tradition of
family, food and good times, this celebration is a
moment in time that the Scarlato family is keen
to share with everyone.
Although the staff are in the throes of preparing
for the busy festive season they are excited to add
an extra layer of sparkle to the month by organis-
ing a special night out for the whole family.
“Celebrations kick off from 5pm,” Annalisa
There will be surprises for everyone. There’ll
be a visit from good old Santa for the kids, with
photo opportunities all evening and a small gift
on each of the tables that can be taken home and
used for your Christmas celebrations.
Gary Marr will be entertaining everyone with
“It’s all in the name of celebration,” Rosa says
As usual there is no need to book ahead, just
Pino’s Trattoria has become a hospitality insti-
tution on the island since opening its doors on
December 14, 1991.
It was a hard time for Pino, his wife Rosa and
their three small children, Annalisa, Romina and
Luciano, in not only establishing a new restau-
rant in a once quiet town but in managing the day
to day running of a busy household.
“When we opened, it was tough as we were
here seven days a week from 7 in the morning
until late at night,” said Rosa in recalling having
to juggle her role as a wife, mother and business
It was also difficult she added when people
told them that they wouldn’t last more than three
“But here we are 25 years later!” she smiled.
They have received great support from their
friends and family, especially when Rosa’s broth-
er Joe came over from Italy to help out after Pino
passed away unexpectedly in 1999.
They are also indebted to the loyalty and com-
mitment from their passionate staff and loyal
customers who continue to return for their Pino’s
“In our eyes they are all family,” Rosa said.
“It means a lot to us, and is a huge compliment
when customers and families return again and
again. We are grateful for their ongoing support,”
Many of their helpers come back “home” year
after year not only because they are needed but
because they want to be a part of this extended
family and to enjoy the conviviality of special oc-
“Our staff are the heartbeat of our business,”
said Annalisa who along with her sister and
brother have taken over the reins of management
in the past five to six years, and allowing their
mother to take a well-earned step back.
“From the front of house to the back of house,
our staff have made Pino’s what it is today, each
of them bring something unique to our business.
“We have such a great crew and we are proud
work alongside them,” Annalisa said.
What the future holds for this iconic establish-
ment in the centre of town is yet to be revealed
but the enthusiasm and passion of this family is
“The future of Pino’s is an ongoing process of
creativity, deliberation, and reinvention that con-
sistently needs work. We are excited for the com-
ing years,” Luciano said.
“We are constantly re-evaluating our position
as this industry has its challenges and triumphs.
“We love this restaurant as it has been a huge
part of our lives, and hope that it will guide us to
when it’s time to say goodbye.
“But until then there is much fire in our bellies
and we are grateful of how enriching this industry
and journey has been,” Luciano said.
As a way of saying thank you and to toast the
beginning of another 25 years, Pino’s is hoping
that you will come along to join with them in their
birthday celebration. See you there.
The Scarlato family (from left) Annalisa with her sister Romina, mum Rosa and brother
Luciano are inviting the community to join them in a 25th birthday celebration this Wednes-
day night at Pino’s Trattoria in Cowes. Special guest Santa will be helping to celebrate and
add his festive spirit to the occasion.
Restaurateur Pino Scarlato established the
name of Pino’s Trattoria when it opened its
doors in 1991.
THE West Gippsland Regional Library
Corporation (WGRLC) Board has appointed
Leanne Williams as Chief Executive Officer,
following an extensive selection process.
Leanne is a chartered accountant who
most recently worked as Manager Corporate
Services at Alpine Shire Council.
“Leanne brings a breadth of experience
to the Corporation and we’re delighted to
welcome her to the organisation and to the
region as a whole,” said West Gippsland Re-
gional Library Corporation Chair Cr Mikaela
“In her previous role at Alpine Shire Coun-
cil, Leanne managed the Council’s branch li-
braries and processing hub, which provides
library services to three neighbouring mu-
“This experience has provided Leanne with
a strong understanding of the important role
that public libraries play in the community.
As CEO, Leanne’s goal is to enhance the avail-
ability and diversity of technology within our
libraries and maintain a feeling of warmth,
connectedness and inclusion.
“Leanne will commence on 19 December,
and is looking forward to getting out and
meeting library staff and patrons and listen-
ing to their ideas about how our libraries can
be as vibrant as possible,” said Cr Power.
Leanne Williams is now at the helm of
the West Gippsland Regional Library Cor-
New regional library
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