a true pizza passion
Sugo tu founder Robert van den Bergh, has a passion for pizza. As a baker by trade, Rob has combined centuries of family baking experience with the highest quality ingredients (and an entrepreneurial spark)
to create truly authentic products.
Australian-born Robert van den Bergh, comes from a family of Dutch bakers that date back to 1792. His father Rudi, immigrated from Holland and set up bakeries in Queensland and New South Wales. In 1975, Rob joined the family business and went on to build van den Bergh's Continental Bakeries with his father Rudi and brother Leo. The company quickly grew into a great success and caught the eye of international food company Unilever, whom the business was sold to in 1990.
Following the sale of the business Rob wanted to explore his own mission: “I wanted to create a truly authentic pizza that every Italian would want call their own.” In the pursuit of perfection, he travelled to Italy to learn the secrets of real Italian bakers and went on to develop the perfect dough. In 2005, he had perfected the foundation of his pizza passion; a light thin base with a soft fluffy crust.
Rob had developed a method the freezer the dough while retaining the traditional qualities that give it the perfect taste and texture. The result is multi-dimensional taste experience that is authentically Italian style.
The next layer of his pizza passion is the sugo pizza sauce made with sweet, ripe Italian tomatoes to produce an intense sun ripened flavour. Fresh garlic and basil are used to create an authentic homemade taste and as Rob says "the best pizza starts with the best dough and sauce."
Rob would enjoy weekly woodfired pizza nights with his kids who convinced him to open a pizza restaurant knowing that it would be an incredible success.
In 2007, Rob opening his restaurant, Sugo Mi, in Bulimba, Brisbane which went on to win multiple awards for Best Pizza Australia and Best Gelato. In 2008, Sugo tu was founded and began operations out the back of the restaurant. With a team of family members, a crazy entrepreneurial drive, one large dough mixer and a few chest freezers, Sugo tu quickly outgrew the space and required a premises of it's own. At this time Rob's daughter, Monique joined the business and has been with the company ever since helping it grow from the ground up.
Sugo tu has an amazing production team that proudly creates Rob's visions. His wife Nikki is also an integral part of the business managing the office and finances (and Rob's entrepreneurial brain!).
In the past few years the retail side of the business has grown immensely with over 150 retailers including Costco and IGA. The whole team is incredibly excited about what the future holds. Allowing customers to experience restaurant quality pizza in the comfort of their own home fuels Rob's passion to deliver this highest quality pizza products in Australia and beyond!