About Us


Divino Pizzeria is the creation of Kostas and Sarah Grigorakis.  Kostas is the public face and personality of the business and personally creates every pizza and dish that is sold at Divino.


Kostas has a pedigree in the hospitality industry and a long-term career as a chef.  His culinary education commenced as a home-taught chef, learning from his mother to prepare traditional Greek dishes at an early age.  His subsequent experience included two years in the Greek army (as a chef) and a large-scale tourist hotel in Crete, where he was mentored by the hotel’s executive chef. 

With the latter’s move to Diogenes Palace, a major entertainment venue in central Athens, he sought Kostas to join him there, where he worked for several years as a sous-chef.  In 2000, Kostas opened his own taverna in Crete, and after having met Sarah, his future Kiwi wife, he moved to New Zealand in 2007.

 

For the next five years he worked as a pizza chef and front-of-house in a well-known Italian/Mediterranean Restaurant in Auckland, finishing there at the end of 2012 in order to open Divino Pizzeria in January 2013.

 

In just two years, Divino has established a wonderful reputation for its tasty, authentic Italian, Greek and Mediterranean food, and - along with Kosta’s cheerful personality - has ensured that customers always thoroughly enjoy their visit to this delightful corner of Milford.

The opening of Divino Cafe on Brook, in the premises next door to Divino Pizzeria, has created a great little food hub that caters for a wide variety of tastes, as well as serving a wonderful range of beverages, including some exceptional organic free trade coffee.  Kostas and the team welcome you to join them in this lively little metropolitan foodies' precinct of Milford.