Olio Di Melli, LLC. is a small
company, committed to finding the best specialty foods from
Italy. They are unique because they personally take the time and trouble to
go to the sources. Their size enables us to maintain control
over the quality of their imports.
Tony and Rosemary seek out and get to know
the producers, and in time, build a relationship with them.
They are usually family farms
or family run businesses. Then Tony
and Rosemary taste their foods, and select them only if they are truly delicious and meet
their criteria for best among similar items.
They also observe production
techniques, so they can assure quality, purity, and when applicable, organic
certification. Each year in the
autumn, before and during the harvest, they visit each of the farms.
They must be satisfied as to the continued quality and taste of each food
they have selected.
As ardent members of the SLOW
FOOD movement, Tony and Rosemary believe in a philosophy of food that holds
taste and gustatory pleasure above all else.
As such, they support the small farmer/producer, whose artisanal foods
may cease to exist, due to dwindling
craftsman and large food corporations replacing ‘real’ food with
Education is an important
aspect of what they do.
As committed as they are to quality and taste, they are also committed to
informing and enlightening their customers, thereby enabling them to choose
foods which please the palate, as well as body and soul.
They enjoy conducting seminars
focused on the history, nutritional value, crafting process, and recipes.
The stories they share about the people they’ve met and the
relationships they’ve formed make the gustatory experience that much more
What their company is about is
much more than buying and selling a product.
It is about a philosophy of living and doing business, and the
significance of a quality of life. Buon
appetito and Buon Gusto are wishes they truly desire to bestow in their work.
Rosemary and Tony Melli started Olio di Melli, LLC., an importing company
specializing in Italian specialty products just a little over nine years ago.
They began by serving the
areas, and presently sell their products to gourmet shops and fine restaurants
to Martha’s Vineyard