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.
We're nothing without family. The concept of a family-run business is no more clear than here. Started by Pino and Pia, their children Marco, Fabiano and Carla are the future of the business and a vital part of every day at the store.
It all started with Pino. Now widely regarded as an Australian food industry icon, Pino Tomini Foresti was born into the seventh generation of a butchery family in Terranova, Calabria in the south of Italy. By the time he was 8, he already possessed skills that would make most butchers these days blush.
Moving to Australia at 16 and undertaking an apprenticeship to learn about the Australian industry, he opened his business over thirty years ago and hasn't looked back. Bringing traditional, age-old techniques to prime Australian produce, and sharing the amazing results with his loyal customers, he produces specialty smallgoods for some of Sydney's best restaurants and counts some of Australia's most celebrated chefs as loyal regulars and friends.
Pino continues to share his passion and knowledge with the next generation of Pino's Dolce Vita, his children Carla, Fabiano and Marco, as well as with customers in the store and through masterclasses in the cooking school.
In many ways, Pia is the heart and soul of the business... they say behind every great man is an even greater woman, after all!
The matriarch of such a formidable family means hard work, generosity and a lot of love. A year after Pia and Pino married, they started their business and together over more than three decades, they have built not only a business, but a reputation for producing the finest produce, using the best ingredients. Pia works tirelessly to create a warm and inviting atmosphere at Pino's Dolce Vita and always finds the time to share information with customers, who walk away with a smile... and a laden bag of treasures to cook at home.
The eldest of the three Tomini Foresti children, Fabiano grew up observing the traditional processes that make the family business unique, and constantly questioned how things were made and why.
This natural curiosity led him to become a seasoned expert in the production of smallgoods at the store. Together with Pino, he is responsible for creating new and exciting flavours and recipes for sausages and smallgoods, which sit alongside the traditional offerings handed down from generations of experience.
As a teacher and with a background in nutrition, Carla brings her own brand of style and knowledge to the Pino's Dolce Vita experience. Spending her formative years at the apron of her mother, father and grandparents, at home and in the store, her accumulated experience and appreciation of the shared table is one she expresses in her classes.
The experts she curates to teach at the cooking school share this same rich outlook on food education and with them comes a wealth of knowledge everyone can learn from.
Marco started helping out at his parent's store from a young age, if nothing more than to keep himself out of trouble! After highschool, he studied business management and decided to join the family business in order to help achieve its full potential.
Travelling to Italy to discover the origins of his family, he returned with a clear idea of what Pino's could become and set about making plans to renovate. Expanding the butchery into a food store, cafe and panino bar (paninoteca), the new offerings created a community hub and a home away from home.
Marco's role at Pino's is that of operations manager, but in a small business, this also means his job description includes smallgoods maker, bookkeeper and customer greeter, too!
Michael joined Pino’s in 2010, he had a vision to continue to help grow the Pino's legacy. With his relentless attitude and work ethic he immersed himself to learn the art and everything that Pino's is. In his natural element as a people’s person, he has grown the food service aspect of the business and also enjoyed bringing further innovation and product development to our Salumeria range under Pino’s guidance of course.
With his team, their passion and drive, they continue to produce traditional artisan products exactly the way Pino has for over 40 years, which have been revered as some of the best in Australia.
Monday to Friday, you will see him running the show at our Production and Distribution Facility or you can catch him in-store on the weekends, doing what he loves the most- talking to customers and providing them with a guided tasting of our products with a few jokes along the way.