The Donato story - "Our story begins when Nicola Donato, a young and hardworking Italian boy, decided that his little village Pizzoni in Calabria was not big enough to contain all his ideas, his dreams and aspirations.
In 1949, at age 19, Nicola decided to sail onto new adventures to a land far far away from Italy: Australia!
Melbourne soon became his new home – a place so different from his little town in Calabria – and yet so similar to his ideas! His dreams were soon fulfilled, and he was ready for this next chapter in life: providing a better future for a family of his own.
The family restored the existing egg farm and this soon expanded to include a little convenience store, providing the local community with eggs, bread and milk.
As the years passed by, his eldest son Frank diversified into hydroponics. Cultivating strawberries, tomatoes, lettuce and herbs and all being sold on-site.
The Donato family and their store became somewhat of an iconic name on the Peninsula. Locals would say "I'm going to the corner shop" and people knew exactly what that meant!
Now with the third generation growing up, Nick Donato would often be found helping around the farm and in his Grandfather's store. His fresh ideas transformed what once was a simple shop into a Farm Style Café: The Mornington Peninsula Hydroponic Café.
History repeats and once again, in 2018 a young Donato dreamed of something bigger: an Italian style Café and Restaurant, a place where everyone was welcomed and would feel at home, in a way that only an Italian family can show. Benvenuti da Donato, est 1980." - From the Donato Facebook page.
"Donato cafe will have a different look compared to the MPH cafe one but nothing will change for you as a customer. The Donato family will always strive to provide the perfect service and let all customers feel part of our family. Because you are! Our community means the world to us. None of this would have been possible without you and for this we thank you!" - Donato Family