15 July 2014 | By Angela Saurine, The Daily Telegraph
Pino’s Dolce Vita named most outstanding food store in Australia at delicious. Produce Awards
WHEN Pino Tomini Foresti began selling salami and prosciutto in Sydney in the 1970s people used to say his store smelt like dirty socks.
At that time there was little appreciation for high quality Italian meats and smallgoods in Australia.
A lot has changed since that time, with people now coming from as far as Nelson Bay and Canberra to stock up on wares from his Kogarah store, Pino’s Dolce Vita and top chefs coming to shop when they are looking for something special.
“When I first started people used to say: ‘What’s that wog tucker? Are they really eating that?” Foresti says.
“They would come in and say (the salami) was full of mould, but I would say it’s good mould, it’s maturing.
“Now the Australians eat prosciutto and the Italians eat hamburgers.”
Last night the store was recognised for being Australia’s most outstanding food store at the 2014 delicious Produce Awards.