Founder of Tonitto's Vincent Tonitto started his career as a pastry cook in Italy completing his apprenticeship there and immigrating to Australia to bring with him delicious recipes and techniques from both Northern and Southern Italy, applying them in popular hotels and Italian patisseries of Sydney. In 1974 he moved to Wollongong to establish his own business, known today as " Tonitto Continental Cakes ", the Illawarra's first continental cake shop.
Laurence Tonitto watched his father work hard and as a child remembers helping with pastry cooking tasks and learning the skills and techniques that helped him become the pastry cook he is today. After completing school, Laurence received an apprenticeship with La Renaissance French Patisserie at East Roseville, while completing his TAFE course at Top Ryde Catering College. The remainder of his apprenticeship was completed with his father at Tonitto Continental Cakes.
In 1995 Laurence and his wife Loretta bought the business from his parents and have since then managed the business. He introduced a wide variety of new cakes and pastries, he established business with new clientele, expanding the delicious taste of Tonitto's. His creativity skills gave Tonitto Continental Cakes a reputation of high standard of quality existing today.
Vincent Tonitto was always there for support until he sadly passed away in 2002.
Today Tonitto's serves most of the major clubs and reception centres in the Illawarra. They manufacture over 60 different lines of cakes, pastries and continental biscuits as well as specialising in wedding cakes. In the last 12 months the store has undergone a facelift and looks forward to a bright future.