Our Story

The story starts in Calabria. In the small village of Terranova, in Italy's south, Pino Tomini Foresti was born into a family that for generations, provided their community with artisan smallgoods and fresh meat, the traditional way.

Moving to Australia at the age of 16, Pino continued the traditions with his uncles of their Mt Prichard butcher shop. In 1978, a year after marrying the love of his life and business partner Pia, he realised his dream of opening his own business in Kogarah, in Sydney's southern suburbs. From there, the family began producing smallgoods and stocking top quality fresh meat to the community.

Learning from experts from a vast range of cultural traditions, Pino's fascination with South American, Spanish and Portuguese produce has resulted in creating a range of products that speak in many different accents and give the consumer an exciting range of flavours and food experiences to enjoy at home.

The range now includes over 100 varieties of sausages (all gluten free), a growing range of smallgoods, made by hand on site, as well as carefully selected cheeses. Top quality Italian groceries sit alongside equally fantastic counterparts from Australia, providing shoppers with the luxury of choice.

Pino and Pia's children Marco, Fabiano and Carla are the next chapter in the Pino's Dolce Vita story, working alongside their parents to tell the next part of the story.