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Two Forte Scoops at the Great Taste Awards 2017

Two Forte businesses are celebrating their wins at the 2017 Great Taste Awards, organised by the Guild of Fine Food, the acknowledged benchmark for fine food and drink in the UK. These awards have been described as the ‘Oscars’ of the food world and the ‘epicurean equivalent of the Booker prize’.

Congratulations to Swoon Gelato for being placed in the top 50 of the 2017 Great Taste Awards.  Seven of their gelato flavours were awarded the top 3-star level.

Pictured below are Bruno and Ana Forte from Swanage collecting the award at the prize ceremony.

Congratulations also to Fortes Gelateria in Swanage.  Six of their gelato flavours won awards, with their Sicilian Pistacchio gaining 3 star recognition.  They also won “Small Artisan Producer of the Year”.

Pictured below are Ricky and Hannah Forte from Swanage collecting their award.

Buon Anno 2017

Tanti cari auguri per un felice anno 2017 a Paul ed a tutta la grande famiglia Forte, sperando sempre di mantenere il contatto che ci unisce – fuoriusciti ed oriundi – di Mortale e Casalattico.

Many good wishes for a happy 2017 to Paul and to all the extended Forte family, hoping that we always maintain the bond that unites all of us – emigrants and natives – from Mortale and Casalattico.


103 today!

Congratulations to Rosa Fusco, who is 103 years young today. Rosa lives a healthy and active life in Settignano, between Casalattico and Atina. She goes shopping every day for fresh food, and it wasn’t too long ago that she stopped driving. She is the widow of Antonio Nardone, the daughter of Gerardo Fusco and Clementina Forte, and sister of the late Tony Fusco. She has 3 children, 6 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

We all wish her many happy returns today and continued health in the years to come.

London Marathon

Congratulations to Carlo Forte (Bexhill) who finished his first London Marathon today, despite his training being hampered by broken ribs and illness.

He finished the 26.2 mile course in a brilliant time of 3 hours, 24 mins, 11 secs, well ahead of the great majority of the other 39,000 competitors and just 13 minutes behind Olympic Gold medalist, Dame Kelly Holmes!

Bristol’s Newest Gelateria

Bristol’s newest gelateria will be opening its doors for the first time on 11th February and we wish Bruno and Ana Forte from Swanage, and Patricia Forte from Bristol the best of luck with their new venture, Swoon Gelato.

Following a family tradition going back to their grandparents, Alfonso Forte and Adelina Mezza (Swanage), and using traditional Italian recipes and ingredients, this generation of Fortes are about to dazzle the people of Bristol with an authentic Italian taste sensation like no other.

Good luck!

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