Luigi Cambone

It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of Luigi Cambone this morning at his care home near Gallinaro.

Born in 1913, Luigi celebrated his 105th birthday just a couple of months ago and was well known and highly respected by all who knew him.  He worked hard all his life, and throughout maintained a level headed approach to everything that he did.  His simple, uncomplicated lifestyle was one that I admired hugely.  In this crazy, throwaway, materialistic world, in which so many rely on social media and technology, Luigi brought us back down to earth, reminding us of the real and true values in life.  For him, the important things were focused on the land, family, friends, animals, history and faith.

He was an absolute legend of a man, and it was an honour and a privilege to have known such a true, honest and quietly inspirational person.  He will never be forgotten and I hope that his legacy will be to remind us all of what is really important in life.

50th Anniversary

Congratulations to Anna Forte and Pasquale Sacco from Mortale on their 50th wedding anniversary, celebrated on 28th October 2017 in The Church of S. Antonio.

Anna is the daughter of the late Francesco Forte and Antonietta Crenca.  In the photo, we see the happy couple with their daughter Maria Antonietta, son-in-law Andrea Centofanti, and grandchildren Federico, Lorenzo and Elena, together with a large number of Mortalese who all came to celebrate the occasion.

Belated Congratulations

Belated congratulations to Roger and Gina Forte on the birth of their gorgeous first child, Holly Amber Forte, on 12th June 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Roger is the son of Megen Forte and the late Alan Forte, grandson of the late David and Elsie Forte, and great grandson of John Forte from Brighton.

Welcome to the big Forte family, Holly!  Love the photo!

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.

A New Baby in the Family

Congratulations to Antonia Forte and James Digby on the birth of their baby boy, Luca Forte Digby, on 9th August.

Antonia is the eldest daughter of Dominic Forte and Romana Roselli (Melrose), who become proud nonni for the first time.  Congratulations also to Anna Nardone, wife of the late Guglielmo (William) Forte, who becomes a proud bisnonna for the first time too.