Meet The Team - Sergio Coniglio
Sergio is the Assistant Manager at Bitton and he's full of Italian personality. Make sure you say hi next time you visit. Here's more about Sergio...
My home city is Sanremo, in Liguria, for me is the most beautiful city of the world, I travelled a lot around the world but I never found anything like what that city gave to me. It's the city of the flowers, the weather (never freezing), the rally world cup, the bicycle race, the casino (there are 4 in Italy), the Royal Hotel (5 star hotel, extra lux) but it’s most famous for the Song Festival. Since 1951 every year in February, they host the most famous Italian song festival and probably all the most famous Italian songs that you know came from that festival. I love it!
I’ve been working in hospitality since 14 years old; I used to work in Italy and London before arriving in Sydney. Being a waiter was the first job of my life. I grew up in a family restaurant called “La Fontana” in my home city, (it’s a big restaurant, with a private beach, topped by a lounge bar, on the sea... AMAZING). The man that introduced me to this job was my first maître d', Francesco La Bozzetta, he’s a second father to me.
Francesco, with his son Carlo and his wife Marisa, taught me everything in this job including "the art of the customer service". They gave me the passion for this role, they taught me to have an EYE for detail, how to deal with customers and change from stressed to relaxed. I receive compliments from everybody and I can't thank them enough.
A bit more about me...
Favourite food? FOREVER MY MOTHER'S FOOD!! ALWAYS! I love that kitchen! There’s NO ONE like that, I can guarantee. I remember the time around when I 20 and working 2 jobs, my alarm went off every morning at 5am and I’d get home at midnight. My mother would wake up around 4am every morning and start cooking amazing dishes for daily meals. She’s the woman of my life!
Favourite alcoholic drink? Jack Daniel’s
Favourite dish of Bitton? The AMAZING Wagyu Beef Burger. I remember the first time that I tried it, I had to stop myself... take a minute of silence and my first thought was INCREDIBLE! I’ve never eaten any sandwich like that!
Something people wouldn't know about me? I have an older sister Siria who has twin daughters Sara and Martina. I have a tattoo on my shoulder with their initials and I miss them a lot. I also have 2 other tattoos - one with a phrase by poet William Ernest Henley “I’m the master of my fate, I’m the captain of my soul” and the other one I have is a big angel on my back which I had done when my dad left in 2009.