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Longing for a Euro-vacay but don’t have the time? Swing by the taste-makers extraordinaire at the Mediterranean Food Company and the delicious aromas and shelves piled high with delectable European deli-style goodies will have you thinking you’ve just stepped into a Tuscan market. To visit is to immediately long to cram as much of their premium product range as you can into your car for the trip home and start reaping the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet. As a family business importing from other family businesses, the team at Mediterranean Food Company has the ability to source unique, authentic and hard to find boutique lines of exceptional coffees, very fine wines (including labels you’ll only find in store), Italian cheeses (including real parmigiano reggiano), 70 different shapes of pasta, salumi and genuine Parma ham (actually hailing from Parma!), an extensive range of extra-virgin olive oils from Spain, Greece, Italy and...
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Amid the central city’s empty blocks and construction sites, one of our much-loved local eateries is up and running in a new guise, injecting a shot of Italian good spirits to bolster the renaissance of Christchurch City. Portofino Christchurch was an integral element of Oxford Terrace dining where owner Michael and his family served Italian charm alongside classic Italian fare. The approach gained them a loyal following and, for many, its demise in the earthquakes meant losing contact with good friends as well as an eatery. So when the family brought a new restaurant to life, Michael picked up his cell phone and personally invited their loyal clientele to opening night. The new restaurant is called Venuti – a nod to ‘Buon Venuti’, Italian for welcome – and, sticking to their central city roots, is located at 791 Colombo Street, at the intersection with Kilmore Street. The building is brand-new –...