Who we are

Rondanini UK was founded in 1989 and is a leading importer of fine foods. We supply major retailers with both brand and own label foods and important restaurant chains with foodservice ingredients.

Our sister company Salvo1968 offers direct delivery supply to the independent trade through an ecommerce site. We are partners with the Voltan family manufacturing fresh pasta under the Giordani brand and private label.

We also export to Europe and the USA.

Our history

The UK’s love affair with Italian food began in the 1980s. Increased demand for authentic Italian ingredients, such as Salami Milano, Parma Ham and Parmigiano Reggiano led many of Italy’s major food manufacturers to seek representation in the market. One such company was Luigi Rondanini SPA; founded in Milan in 1929, they had become one of Italy’s leading charcuterie manufacturers. Gianni Rondanini and his wife Dada, realising the potential of the export market, found the ideal person to start Rondanini UK: Dante de Vito, an Italian from Avelino who had worked for three decades in the British food industry, including senior management positions at Trusthouse Forte and BrentWalker group.

Dante De Vito and his sons Adriano & Jason set up Rondanini UK primarily to sell charcuterie made by the Rondanini family in Milano. Inevitably great quality produce, excellent service and good prices ensured that the range grew to include continental cheeses, fresh and dry pasta, olive oils and vinegars.

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Important milestones for Rondanini UK

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Joint Venture Acquisition of Antica Pasteria, Milan, Italy in partnership with Voltan. Antica Pasteria is a leading premium quality fresh pasta producer, exporting to major retailer clients in Europe and the USA. (See www.anticapasteria.it for more information)

2015 August
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Acquisition of the independent trading arm of Fine Italian Foods.

2012 April
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Joint venture with Caffe Fratelli, London’s leading independent Italian coffee and deli group.

2012 April
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Acquisition of majority share of Salvo 1968, a leading Italian food distributor to the restaurant trade.

2011
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Takeover of Bella Vita Restaurants (3 branches in South East).

2009
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Takeover of Amano Cafes (3 branches in London SE1).

2008
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Minority share ownership of Giordani SPA fresh pasta producer. In partnership with Voltan SPA, Venice.

2007
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Merger of Rondanini UK and Italfresco, a leading importer of fresh and ambient pasta.

2006
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Gianni Rondanini sells his interest in Rondanini to the De Vito family.

2001
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Jay De Vito joins The family company

1991
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Founded by Gianni Rondanini and Dante & Adriano De Vito, primarily to sell charcuterie made in Milano by Luigi Rondanini SPA.

1989