Vivace in Italian means lively, vibrant and vivacious
Vivace Restaurant is located in the heart of Bay Street’s entertainment precinct, opposite Palace Cinema Brighton Bay.
Since opening in 2004, Bayside residents and business’ alike have grown to love Vivace as their premier local eatery and Function Venue to catch with friends, family and business collegues.
About Vivace Restaurant Brighton, Functions, private dining. Since opening in 2004 Bayside residents have grown to love Vivace as their premier local eatery.
Owner Chris Favaloro and co-host Andrew Zoli are the dynamic duo that collaborate the front of house whilst Executive Chef, Davide Ferraro leads the talented team offering an extensive, modern Italian inspired cuisine, incorporating fresh Australian seafood, Black Angus beef, house made pastas and delectable desserts for the most fastidious diner.
Vivace Restaurant Brighton is a classic example of Bayside Melbourne’s best restaurants
A striking interior complete with polished timber floors, crystal chandeliers and several fireplaces welcomes you in to warm, ambient surrounds, especially during winter. Our fully air conditioned venue with bi-fold windows overlooking Bay Street’s picturesque street scape is the only place to be to enjoy gentle Bayside breezes on those warm summer evenings.
Our beautiful Jarrah bar is an ideal meeting place to sit up and enjoy the extensive beverage list and some freshly shucked oysters after work or before heading off to the cinema.
Vivace Restaurant Brighton offers 4 Private Dining Rooms, all unique areas suitable for private dining or a cocktail function entertaining groups ranging from 10-40 seated and up to 60 for a cocktail style event.
Vivace Restaurant is also available for exclusive venue hire and can accommodate up to 90 guests seated or up to 150 standing guests.
Vivace truly is the perfect venue for those who seek the ultimate dining experience or function venue.
Vivace Co-Host Andrew Zoli
Andrew is his name and affection is his game.
Now in the third business that this dynamic duo have operated together, it’s easy to see why they move around the dining room completely in-sync with one another in a seemingly effortless collaboration.
Soon after, Andrew’s father Danny, a successful businessman and entrepreneur opened the multi award winning and world renowned waterfront restaurant ‘Danny’s’ where in the late 1980′s he played host to International superstars U2 and Luciano Pavarotti to name a few.
As a young teenager Andrew worked alongside his father learning the ropes. At an incredibly young age he quickly learned invaluable lessons of the restaurant industry and its culture.
Those who knew Andrew in his early years say that it was obvious then that he was a gifted people’s person like his father, who by now was a Gold Coast restaurant icon. I guess you could say it’s in his blood.
Tragically, Danny passed away unexpectedly when Andrew was just 14 years old. Too young to take over the business, it had to be sold. Danny’s legacy continues with Andrew, his zest for life, passion for food, fun and customer satisfaction with service excellence.
Andrew builds genuine rapport with our diner’s and many would consider him a friend.
Andrew has also worked for many iconic Melbourne restaurants including Cafe e Cucina and Sapore, before joining the team at Vivace in 2008.
On his days off, Andrew brings as much passion and enthusiasm to the golf course as he does co-hosting at Vivace. You can often spot him on the fairways at various local Bayside golf courses and aspires to playing a round at ‘The National’ as the ultimate golfing experience.
Vivace Head Chef Davide Ferraro
There’s a distinct warmth and charm that resides in the generous spirit of Vivace Head Chef Davide Ferraro… and it’s as genuine as his Italian origins.
Davide Ferraro, 32, was born and raised in the ancient city of Turin (Torino), located in the picturesque Alpine region of Northern Italy. Torino is the second largest business district after Milan and is famous for its Universities, Art Galleries, Museums, Palaces and Restaurants and is also the home of Alfa Romeo.
Davide is the only son of his proud parents of whom he says were the greatest influence in his life. Davide’s father a talented craftsman and his mother and grandmother (Nona) both exceptional cooks, leaves us with little wonder as to where gets his innate flare and creativity with food.
In 1998, Davide began his chef career which provided him opportunity to travel and work in some of Europe’s great restaurants.
When Davide met and wooed his Aussie girlfriend, Amanda whilst working in London, it is of no surprise that she was unable to resist the combination of Davide’s charm and heavy Italian accent – not to mention his talent the kitchen!
Their whirlwind romance, like a novel, led Davide by the heart to knock on Australia’s door where it was Vivace owner, Chris Favaloro who opened it with welcoming arms and a sponsorship opportunity.
This collaboration has been a wonderful experience for both Davide and the Vivace Team for the past 4 years. Vivace’s kitchen team has enjoyed the knowledge and influence brought to them with Davide’s Italian heritage and has ignited the rebirth of our Italian – named restaurant, bringing Vivace back to the forefront of Melbourne’s leading Authentic Italian restaurants and in January this year, earning Davide his stripes as Vivace’s Head Chef.
So if ever you are passing the Vivace kitchen, you just might hear the unashamed Italian singing echoing through the walls, you will now know it is Davide Ferraro, so be sure to say ‘ciao’ Hello!