End of an era for Bottega Rotolo

Adelaide’s high-end European food store Bottega Rotolo has been sold to new ownership as its founder Rosalie Rotolo-Hassan leaves after more than two decades in the business.

The King William Road store in Hyde Park has become a staple for Adelaide foodies with its range of Italian and European gourmet foods, small produce, cheeses and wines following a trading tradition with roots in Norwood.

The business has been sold to Andrea Ramon who will run the business with his wife after leaving Milan for Adelaide around 12 years ago.

“It was a good choice because they value the quality of the food and the relationships our business is built on with customers and suppliers,” Rotolo-Hassan said.

“It was really important to me to find a buyer who understood this and who would continue to do business as Bottega Rotolo rather than just absorbing our customers and our brands into another company.”

Rotolo-Hassan is optimistic about the company’s future but acknowledges that his absence will be felt by the community.

She said she would now spend more time with her elderly parents and take a break after starting the business aged 19 in the late 1990s.

“I feel very fortunate to have helped enrich the dining experience for so many Australians,” she said.

Rotolo-Hassan is the daughter of Italian immigrants who inherited her parents’ love of food and craftsmanship by working at their flagship Adelaide Central Market store, Athens Gourmet Food.

Shortly after her parents sold The Athens in 1995, Rotolo-Hassan founded Bottega Rotolo, a company that quickly moved from premises in The Parade West in Kent Town to her 20-year-old Norwood home in Osmond Terrace where she operated its wholesale and retail business. and her mother Connie joined her in popular cooking classes.

“It was essential to me that we stock exceptional products that represented the true culture and history of their origin,” Rotolo-Hassan said.

The window display at Bottega Rotolo Hyde Park.

Bottega Rotolo also has a wholesale branch that imports and distributes products to chefs and suppliers.

Success in national and specialty retail distribution prompted Bottega Rotolo to leave Norwood and establish a purpose-built facility in Mile End in 2014 following a contract with Qantas for its business and premium class cheese requirements. class.

At the same time he set about opening a new retail store with a passing cheese shop on King William Road.

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