For the authentic taste of Italy without leaving Dorset, look no further than Mercato Italiano ltd who source the very best and hard to find delicacies directly from Italy to foodies in the UK.
Mercato Italiano was founded by Ilaria Padovani, who relocated to Bridport in Dorset from Verona, Italy, in 2013 and has been supplying the finest fromaggi e salumi to customers via weekly markets, food events and restaurants across the UK, including Loncada Locatelli and L’Anima, two of London’s top Italian restaurants.
Currently Mercato Italiano can be found at a variety of regular markets across Dorset and the south west including at Bridport and Shaftsbury markets and over the border in Devon at the markets held in Axminster and Totnes. As well as appearing at markets, Mercato Italiano also runs a successful wholesale and catering business supplying many fine Italian cheeses, cured meats and salami and olives from Southern Italy. All the items on offer undergo a rigorous selection process ensuring the very best in quality, freshness and taste. If you’re looking for the very best in cheese and cured meat at your event, make sure to contact Ilaria.
Ilaria brings the very best and hard to find delicacies that Italians take for granted to her customers in the UK with infectious enthusiasm, integrity and passion which has earned her a loyal customer base which is continually growing. Thanks to the quality of both her food and customer service, she now supplies an increasing number of restaurants with both ingredients and her knowledge of the best producers.
As a native of Verona and a graduate of Parma’s Science of Gastronomy course, Ilaria’s career in food has taken her from farms to working with legendary retailers. She has over ten years’ experience working in the artisan food industry and has built a loyal relationship with some of Italy’s finest producers.