From his mother, Anna and his father, Antonio learned the value of hard work, and continuously seeking innovation and new opportunities.
It was with this spirit he embarked upon his New Zealand adventure. For him this was an unknown land, and upon arrival he discovered Italy’s products and traditions were unknown to New Zealand.
Accordingly he set about doing something to remedy this situation and in 1996
The adventure of importing products from Italy began.
It was the beginning of La Bella Italia Distributors along with the innovative all under one roof concept; La Bella Italia Café, Restaurant, Retail and Deli which started operating in 2000.
La Bella Italia quickly established itself as a destination; a place where people in the Wellington region and beyond travel to, a place not to be missed by visitors.
In 2007 Antonio started to take Tours to Italy. This was another opportunity for him to introduce New Zealanders to the wide, rich traditions and cultures throughout Italy. Tours now take place once a year and are always a wonderful experience for participants.
Antonio Cacace’s effort to promote Italian Products and to spread and make known the Italian Culture was recognised by the Italian Government, when he received the Cavaliere Order of Merit, on the 6th of December 2007. This is a huge honour and can be likened to receiving a knighthood from the Queen.