Maria’s is owned and managed by us, the Italiano family. We’ve been part of the Melbourne food scene since our grandfather, Natale Italiano, established the Perfect Cheese Company in 1930. While that business was sold some 50 years later, a passion for food remained in our DNA.
In 1985, we started producing authentic pasta and sauces from our premises in Carlton North. Thirty years later, we are still rolling and laminating pasta the traditional way. We source the best quality ingredients like premium Australian durum semolina, Italian tomatoes, fresh local vegetables and beef from Gippsland Natural beef, and put our generations of expertise into making award-winning products.
We are still in Carlton North, making fresh pasta and sauces 5 days a week from our factory. Our production facilities are HACCP certified and our small, skilled team is led by cousins, Paul, Nat and Maria Italiano, who manage the daily operations of the business.
Our retail store is open Monday to Friday and Saturday morning. You can purchase fresh pasta daily, cut how you like it, right in front of you! Specials change daily and our freezers are stocked with our fabulous range of Filled Pastas. Our small deli also has a great range of products including olive oil, local cheese, artisan chocolates, gourmet Mediterranean foods, ice cream and gluten-free products.
Maria’s wholesale business is supported by a diverse range of clients. From small cafes to fine dining restaurants; pubs to caterers, hotels to airlines – we have 2 vans on the road delivering to the greater Melbourne Metro area 5 days a week.
We also distribute a unique range of products to compliment the regular deliveries we make to our customers across Melbourne. The most notable is Serendipity Ice Cream – the makers of Australia’s most-awarded ice creams and sorbets. As a family-run business (established in 1966) making products in small batches, using artisan techniques and only natural, premium ingredients – Serendipity are well-aligned with Maria’s business ethos. We are proud to be their Melbourne distributor and invite you to check out their amazing range of flavours for retail and foodservice here.
Our friendly staff are only too happy to help you with any enquiries you may have, so please call or email us anytime.
The Italiano Family