Cus­tomers re­turn to re­fur­bished pizze­ria

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

THE Boule­vard Pizze­ria has risen out of the ashes shortly af­ter the sec­ond an­niver­sary of the fire that ripped through a City Beach shop­ping cen­tre, caus­ing $3 mil­lion dam­age.

The blaze ig­nited in the early hours of May 13, 2014, at The Boule­vard Shop­ping Cen­tre, gut­ting a phar­macy, fish and chip shop and butcher.

When the flames were ex­tin­guished, the ash cleared and the dust set­tled, Pizza Pasta Boule­vard, run by the Cestrilli fam­ily for 20 years, was for­tu­nately un­touched.

While they were able to con­tinue to trade for more than a year af­ter the fire, the com­plex own­ers wanted to re­model and en­acted a de­mo­li­tion clause in the lease which meant the pizza shop would be de­mol­ished along with the other shops.

Mary Cestrilli said there was no plan to re­lo­cate.

“We wanted to stay here be­cause we have nice cus­tomers; they are pretty loyal be­cause they have come back,’ she said.

“The first week, Fri­day night was packed; we had lines out the door on the week­end.”

Her son Dion said the six months down­time was tough but the sup­port from the pub­lic upon re-open­ing was a sil­ver lin­ing.


Here to stay: Caleb Cestrilli (grand­son), Dion Cestrilli (son) Tony Cestrilli, Mary Cestrilli and Emma Cestrilli (grand­daugh­ter) at their new pizza joint.

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