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An Italian journey in Hertfordshire

PUBLISHED: 15:20 15 May 2017 | UPDATED: 15:20 15 May 2017

The Cheese Teller

The Cheese Teller

sharon struckman

Sharon Struckman, the Fine Foodie, goes on an Italian adventure in Herts

Wild garlic ravioli, Parma ham, exquisite balsamic vinegar, Romanesco cauliflower, Mirabella peppers, gorgonzola dolce, sun-dried tomatoes with Sicilian capers and pink peppercorns are just some of the gastronomic delights stocked by enthusiastic Italian Filippo Volte when I had the pleasure of meeting him at St Albans Saturday market.

It’s been 13 years since he left his scientific career to follow his lifelong passion for great food and drink. He started EatDrinkIdeas, importing wine, cheese and cured meats from Italy.

He also got involved in the Slow Food movement and started a chapter in Hertfordshire. It was his way of sharing his Italian passion, knowledge and culinary skills that his friends from Sicily to Scotland have enjoyed.

Filippo says he thinks he has touched the hearts and minds of his fellow humans with his cooking much more than with his scientific papers.

In 2008 the business became a family one, when Filippo’s wife, Mary, also left a scientific career and joined him on his food adventure.

The couple only buy from approved suppliers who guarantee the highest standards, combined with the most superb organoleptic properties. They have a fantastic selection of Italian cheeses and also sell some Spanish and unusual British cheeses. They also stock a divine selection of cured meats and sausages.

Most of the produce comes with delightful stories about its origins, discovery and development. Filippo and Mary have total confidence in everything they sell so you can be assured of the best quality products. Filippo said he hopes the food bring happiness to your table as much as it does to theirs.

EastDrinkIdeas can be found at food and farmers’ markets all around Hertfordshire.

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