By S Haslam
Stefano Bastianel was born in Genova (Genoa), Italy’s sixth-largest city, a port that is not only home to a wonderful heritage of trading but also to labyrinthine medieval alleyways and striking architecture. He has updated the historical Genovese trading methods to the modern era with his online business the Byron Bay Italian Grocer, but it’s still Italian at heart.
Not only was Stefano 100 per cent made in Italy, but he’s also been working as pizza-maker for twenty years and is very passionate about food, particularly Italian food. So much so that for the past year he has been working with a group of Italian companies that prepare Italian products for him on demand, just for the Australian market, to maximise the freshness and goodness of his 100 per cent Italian-made products, made in Italy from Italian ingredients.
This means that Stefano can import authentic Italian food for us to use on our Australian dinner tables… and if that doesn’t sound Italian enough for you, I’m not sure what would – he’s even got a map of Italy on his van!
Stefano’s actually been living in Byron Bay since 2010, so Byronians can rest assured we can get vegan, gluten-free, or organic options as well as an artisanal product made using solar power and spring water! And if you order online wholesale or retail you might even get your free local delivery in his stylish black van.
As a local, you might have seen some of his Italian products at La Bottega di Peppe pizza in the industrial estate, Pizza Paradiso in Suffolk Park, or the IGA Express at Salt Village.
Or, you might have seen him making pizzas at Pizza Paradiso (and before that at Slice), selling local Italian fresh cheese from Byron Bay Mozzarella, or at the Byron Bay Market (first Sunday) or the Kingscliff Beachside Market (second and fourth Sundays).
If you do see him, say Ciao! Or, better still, buy a taste of Italy from his online store: