My dream of making traditional pasta in Australia was finally accomplished in 1997 with the birth of Da Vinci.
I recognised that traditional pasta was fast being forgotten in favour of fast manufacturing technologies, which although made pasta more affordable and faster to produce, it changed many of its quality attributes and took away all the traditional aspects which I so dearly remember as a child in Italy. I began with a small machine and lots of love....but found that the machines didn't make pasta like it used to be, so I decided to try and modify the machine...and it worked. I was able to reproduce the traditional pasta makers hand movements and the hand rolling of the dough.
As my company expanded, I made sure that we continued to preserve the genuine artisan approach, and still today I modify all the machines to reproduce the traditional pasta makers hand movements and the hand rolling of the dough. Of course I also need top quality ingredients, which I carefully select. I still make all the new recipes in my kitchen and I enjoy creating new products while always keeping faithful to my Italian traditions.
Today, we have 3 generations of the family actively involved in the company, and continue to use the same traditional manufacturing processes. Although this is detrimental to the volumes that we can manufacture, is more costly, and is a harder process, it ensures that I can provide authentic quality pasta and sauces to the world.
Da Vinci Foods is now pleased to be part of a growing group of companies in the food industry.
Giovanni Di Sebastiano
Master Pasta Maker