ECCELLENZA: BRINGING ITALY’S AUTHENTICITY TO AUSTRALIA
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Mornington Peninsula is a favourite destination for holidays in Victoria. There, a high quality Italian food importer and retailer is successfully offering customers the real taste of Italy
“In 2015 we took a family trip where my cousin introduced us to a Frantoio (olive oil mill) in Abruzzo and it started there, from one bottle of extra virgin olive oil” recalls Gilda De Marcellis, owner and founder of Eccellenza – Excellence Made in Italy, a quality food importer and retailer of Italian food. Calabrese on her mother side and Abruzzese on her father’s, the Italo-Australian entrepreneur honors her family’s heritage by keeping the culture alive and well through her passion for Italian food.
Eccellenza is located in Mount Eliza, on the Mornington Peninsula, in the south-central coast of Victoria. Mornington Peninsula has long been a favourite destination for lazy beach side holidays that come with green hinterlands- smooth hills, boutique wineries and natural hot springs – surrounded by wild ocean beaches on one side and the tranquil Melbourne bay beaches on the other. Outside the big capital cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth where immigrants are concentrated, the presence of multicultural influences is rarefied.
On the right, the owner of Eccellenza Gilda De Marcellis
A GASTRONOMIC ITALIAN HOLIDAY FOR AUSTRALIANS
This is why it comes as a surprise to find a unique and authentic Italian gourmet shop in a small coastal town that doesn’t have a big Italian migrants community. “We started with our wholesale business in 2016 and organically grew from there… so we now import, wholesale, retail and have recently launched an E-shop. We do also offer [Australians] gastronomic tours back with our suppliers for a unique exclusive experience” says Mrs De Marcellis.