Category – People’s Choice
Sponsor – Mecwacare
Winner – Twisted Sista, Upper Level Fountain Gate
Finalists – Enhance Yoga, Village Way Cafe
Twisted Sista’s popularity with its customers has seen it voted the winner of the People’s Choice award.
Sam and Martha Di Salvo launched the first Twisted Sista in Fountain Gate Shopping Centre in June 2011.
“With Twisted Sista we wanted to create an original and authentic concept best described as a place to indulge the senses,” Martha said.
The Twisted Sista idea was to create a unique twist on a modern cafe combined with a gelateria that would have customers instantly wanting more.
The couple’s hard work has been recognised over the years with Twisted Sista winning seven Westfield retail excellence awards including the prestigious Best Retailer in Victoria.
“Over the years this inspired us to push the boundaries of business to see what we were capable of,” Martha said.
“Twisted Sista was born from a vision to create an atmosphere of fun and excitement with a menu based on the freshest ingredients delivered with exceptional personalised service.
“We put everything we had into the business and worked harder than ever before.
“We soon knew we had created a recipe for success and, with family at the heart of everything we do, we introduced our daughter Josie into the business.
“Offering something new and unique in casual dining, the Twisted Sista brand became well recognised and our client base grew faster than we could have imagined.
“Josie is now playing a vital role in expanding the brand and taking the business to the next level.
As one of three sisters, Martha Di Salvo has always been affectionately known as the ‘Twisted’ sister, so naming the business was easy.
“At Twisted Sista we pride ourselves on our customer guarantee. Our own Twisted Sista secret recipes pack a punch full of flavour – there is nothing bland about us!”