La Triestina is a small family run all Italian business based in Shropshire, specialising in selling and marketing their Region’s best products: Friuli Venezia Giulia, an undiscovered gem lying between the Adriatic Sea and the Carso Highlands in the far east of Italy. A familiar and popular face at the Food Festival, we interviewed Mia and Melody for our Meet the Producer blog series.
Mia and Melody
Owners of La Triestina a small family run local business, specialising in sourcing fine Italian food and wine particularly from our region Friuli Venezia Giulia.
In three words describe La Triestina:
Authentic, Quality, Italian.
Tell us what readers can expect when they find you at the Ludlow Food Festival?
Behind our stand you will find passionate, friendly people happy to give advice about our products whilst offering yummy samples of our hard cheese, salame, prosecco and balsamic vinegars along with our gluten free pasta and amazing strong espresso ground beans.
How did you start?
3 years ago in our home town of Trieste in Italy, sat outside a bar whilst having a glass of prosecco and a shot of espresso, we wanted to share our passion and knowledge of good food to the British consumer and promote our region Friuli Venezia Giulia.
Do you have a favourite product? If so, why?
We love our aged balsamic vinegar especially our 12 year old balsamic, it tastes amazing and it is so versatile, can be used for cooking or as we use it on strawberries and ice cream. It is produced by a very close friend of the family, so it is artisan made with no artificial sugars or preservative just PURE. You need to taste it to understand it.
Do you have a best-selling product? Why do you think this is?
Our Montano cheese as it resembles parmesan but more smoother and our aged balsamic vinegars are our bestselling product, mainly because they are both versatile can be used for many dishes, but they are also not available in shops or supermarkets and customers likes this uniqueness.
With all that has been achieved in your business so far, what are you most proud of?
Having created a returning customer base at each Food Festival we attend. We have regulars who come to every show to buy our products.
What are you looking forward to most about the Ludlow Food Festival?
The atmosphere, the great line up of chefs and the fact this Food Festival is so popular worldwide it attracts customers who really appreciate good quality produce and support local businesses.
Quick Fire Get To Know You Questions:
Favourite Colour? Green and Yellow
Favourite Food? Pizz
Favourite tipple? Prosecco and Aperol Spritz
Favourite Restaurant? In Italy our home town of Trieste, La Marinella, it has amazing fish dishes and views of the sea. Whilst in Shrewsbury The Peach Tree by Chef Chris Burt has great food using local producers and once a month when possible we enjoy the supper club at Brompton Cookery School cooked by Chef Marcus Bean and Chef John Barton even here local, fresh, seasonal produce is used.
Hobby? Love going for long walks with our fur babies (our dogs) | Photography | Cooking and Baking
Favourite place to visit in Shropshire? The Church Stretton Hills has great walks and views and Ludlow, is a great town to relax and have a coffee.
Make sure you visit Mia and Melody at the Festival next weekend. You can also buy their incredible products online at http://www.latriestina.co.uk