Archive for May 2015

50 today!

Donato, Tony, Mario and Lucia

Congratulations to Lucia, Donato (David), Mario and Tony Forte and all the family at Eastbourne, who are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their business in St. Leonards today.

Originally owned and run by their parents, Augusto and Minchetta, it started as Forte’s Ice Cream Parlour in 1965, and ten years ago, the highly successful Fortes Pizzeria was born.  With large photos of Mortale on the wall and both Pasta and Pizza Monforte on the menu, it really is a true Italian jewel, and brings a touch of our Italian authenticity to the Sussex seafront.

Customers always leave happy, full and content, not just because they have eaten so incredibly well, but because every lady gets an authentic Italian goodbye kiss … or two!  With such exemplary customer care, no wonder the repeat business is so reliable.


Mario, Tony, Lucia and Donato 1966

The Ice Cream Parlour after a refurbishment in the 1980s

Fortes Pizzeria Today

Festa di S. Antonio di Padova 2015

S AntonioThe Festa di S. Antonio di Padova will again take place this year in just under a month’s time, on Saturday, 13th June in Mortale.

There will be a mass in the morning followed by a procession, then dancing and live music in the evening at La Soda.

Many will be gathering not just to honour our patron saint, but also to catch up with family members from all over the world, as has happened for so many years in the village.

The format doesn’t change. The people do. But the tradition lives on through the generations.

Be there if you can!  Watch the video if you can’t!

Evviva Sant’ Antonio!

Design Award Winner

Congratulations to my niece Caroline Forte (Brighton) on winning a highly prestigious D&AD (Design and Art Direction) award  in the Packaging Design category for her Italian inspired wine labels for Da Luca’s southern Italian wine range.  The design was based on the famous playing cards used to play the traditional Italian card game of Scopa.

D&AD celebrates and nurtures outstanding work in design and advertising by awarding the best work each year.  Since 1962, D&AD has been inspiring a community of creative thinkers by celebrating and stimulating the finest in design and advertising. A D&AD  Award is recognised globally as the ultimate creative accolade, entered and attended by the best from around the world.  Amongst its members are David Bailey, Terence Donovan and Alan Fletcher.


Wedding Congratulations in South Africa

Congratulations to Jeffrey Forte and Nicole Tanner, who were married this afternoon in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Jeffrey is the middle son of the late Alan Forte and his wife Megen, grandson of the late David and Elsie Forte, and great grandson of my late Uncle John Forte (Brighton) and Netta Kyle.

All good wishes to you both for the future.