When I first mentioned my idea for importing high end, gourmet Italian food and drink, Lisa thought I was crazy. But once I started explaining how it would work and the products we would sell, she soon understood that the passion and knowledge we have would be key to our success. Once Cristiano came onboard I knew that we were on to something. Without compromising, we started to find the best suppliers of gourmet, artisanal, innovative products. We visited shows in the UK and Italy and visited many suppliers to see how they made their products. Now we work with undoubtedly many of the leading producers in Italy, we are one big family, with the same goal and vision, to allow consumers in the UK to have a true taste of the best of Italy. And our tag line sums up for all of us, what we are about. We believe there is always a space for excellence.
Beviamo to me is a way of combining three areas which I am extremely passionate about. Italy, Food and Business. Having managerial roles within manufacturing, legal and IT sectors, I bring business acumen and strategic direction to the company. But there's much more than that... My love of Italy began many years ago, originally through fashion and the arts, however, I truly fell in love at first site when I was fortunate enough to visit Venice in 2005. I have since visited at least 25 different places and continue to study about Italian history and culture. A keen home cook, having begun in my late teens by following recipes handed down through my family, I explored different cuisines and recipes, not always ending in success! Despite my home attempts, I do receive great praise for my cooking. The Italian traditions of home grown produce and simple recipes that contain quality, fresh produce mirror my own family traditions. I have even attempted once or twice to create a cooks garden (it turns out that I am not very green fingered!). I love dining out with family and friends and have experienced Michelin star restaurants through to Italian street food. My passion for all these things, I believe, add to the unique family business that is Beviamo.
My first approach to Beviamo happened during the summer of 2011 when, after a few chats with Mike, I supported him with some translations and conversations in Italian. I thought straight away that it was a fantastic plan, something finally different in the world of catering and food industry. After I quit with my previous experience with Restaurants as a Manager, I fully took the opportunity I have been given and I started working full time to this fascinating project. Blending my Italian background and experience in the food industry with the knowledge and passion for Italian food of Mike, we took the first steps together. The aim has always been to find the best authentic and regional products that my mother land produces like nowhere else in the world. I feel privileged to have the chance to work in a healthy and familiar company. I can travel a lot both in UK and in Italy and I have the chance to meet Company owners and famous Chefs. I can not complain. I do not want to sound presumptious but we honestly bring to the UK market what the best Italy has to offer.