Authentic Italian food in the heart of Christchurch

The history and civilisation of a population is passed on through its culture and tradition to form its identity. Italian craftsmanship and creative flair has long been recognised as unparalleled, particularly within the culinary arts. It is integral to our way of being, thinking and interacting with other people and cultures.

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Italy: a multi-layered experience

Anyone who has visited Italy knows that you don’t need to go far to enjoy different foods prepared in authentic ways; where you can sample dishes just as they were created by generations before.

These culinary treasures embody a tale of ancient tradition and recount the history of its civilisation. When privileged with this experience, you are sharing in more than just the meal – you are sharing a slice of Italy’s culture and philosophy.

High quality, regional Italian food

Italy’s culinary history can be traced through the rich tapestry of its regional diversity. Over centuries, this has resulted in artisan products of the highest quality and absolute originality.

The Italian regions we source our products from include: Tuscany, Emilia Romagna, Liguria, Piedmont and Lombardy.

Traditional artisan products

Our Italian based partners carefully select producers based purely on quality and authenticity of product, thereby ensuring that the characteristics of traditional artisanship are retained. This allows us the privilege of bringing a slice of our culinary heritage into your home.

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Bringing a taste of Italy to New Zealand

Italian Food philosophy, based in Christchurch, owns the brand Casamassima Italian Fare. We market high-end Italian food products and the selection we offer is carefully designed to cater to both our wholesale and retail customers.

In doing this, we intend to grow a brand that represents high quality and taste and which shows the true identity of our civilisation and philosophy of life.


The journey to create our trademark selection

Our selection is the most important component of our company’s identity. Our team in Italy travel its regions to personally taste and hand pick the niche range of foods we offer – allowing us to bring you a consistently updated array of products.

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Food is not merely a necessity it is an experience to be savoured

It would be rare to find an Italian who would sit down for a meal purely for nourishment’s sake, because sharing food is an occasion in itself which brings families, friends and individuals together. The emotions shared, bonds made and memories created around the table are at the very core of our being.

It is this experience we want you to share in, via our special events. Our Events Calendar will be updated to include musical soirees, cooking classes, children’s activities, exhibitions, special presentations, tastings and more – bringing you the true flavour and spirit of Italian culture.

Special ways of enjoying Italian food and culture

We look forward to hosting a variety of culinary events to showcase not only our fine selection of artisan products, but to share the culinary history and traditions that we were brought up with and are so passionate about.

These culinary treasures embody a tale of ancient tradition and recount the history of its civilisation. When privileged with this experience, you are sharing in more than just the meal – you are sharing a slice of Italy’s culture and philosophy.