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About Ilaria

Ilaria native of Verona, she is a graduate of Parma’s Science of Gastronomy degree course, and her career in food has taken her from the farms that produce Monte Veronese DOP, to working with legendary retailers and wholesalers including La Cave Fromage and Gastronomica ltd, supplying the finest Italian restaurants in London, like Locanda Locatelli and L’Anima.

She has also worked with food journalist Davide Paolini for Gastronauta, mentioned in Dino Joannides’s book Semplice and recently some collaborations with great Italian food writer Anna del Conte.

Ilaria relocated to Bridport, Dorset in 2013 and established Mercato Italiano, supplying the finest formaggi e salumi to customers via a weekly market stall in Bridport and food events in the west of England, as well as curating courses for restaurants. She has established a loyal customer base in the south west, and supplies a growing number of restaurants with both ingredients and her knowledge of the best producers.

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