Proprietors Silvia Marcolini and Greg Hays
What were the beginnings of the restaurant? inspiration? Sylvia mentioned recycled materials. Old world charm.
new write up is needed!!!!!!!
Born and raised in the town of Ascoli in Piceno Italy, Silvia Marcolini moved to Canada at the age of 14. Inspired by her devotion to host family and community and drawing inspiration from her home town, it was out of Silvia’s vision that the ambiance of Cafe Brio was built. Greg and Silvia began working together in 1982 at Victoria’s beloved Herald St. Café and following that, the Marina Restaurant in Oak Bay.
Herald St. Café had been started by Greg Hays in 1981 and in the just over ten years that he oversaw the business it received a prestigious number of Gold Awards by the Vancouver International Wine Festival in addition to those by Mondavi Winery and Decanter Magazine. Greg and Silvia parted ways with Herald St. Café in 1992 and in 1995 began to scout a location for their newest endeavor, Café Brio.
By November of 1996 the site, a vacant parking lot on Fort St, had been acquired and construction of the Marche style hideaway begun. Café Brio service began on May 29, 1997 and it has since become one of the premier restaurants in Victoria. The wine list boasts close to 300 selections and the menu combines authentic Italian cuisine with Vancouver Island regional influences. Most recently, Café Brio was included in the elite group inducted into the British Columbia Restaurant Hall of Fame in 2014.