Bortolotti's grocery store, 1930
Mario’s adventure began in Cene, a small village in the beautiful Seriana Valley, north east of the city of Bergamo. All the members of the Bortolotti family were born in this beautiful place set in the foothills of the Orobie Alps surrounded by mountains with the crystal clear waters of the River Serio running through the valley. Mario's father opened a wholesale cheese shop in Cene helped by his seven children and by the young Mario. Mario's dream, however, was to follow in his grandfather's footsteps and to open a sausage making business.
Bortolotti's factory, 1986
Mario's father gave him permission but there was a condition, he had to learn his craft in a butcher's shop for two years without pay. This was a way for Mario to test his will and perseverance.
Together with his wife Rossella Mario built the first small scale factory under his flat, working for fourteen hours every day and not even taking any holidays in the first five years.
The slicing room today
All the effort that Mario put into his work lead to big results. The products were appreciated in all the area and this gave Mario the chance to build a bigger and modern laboratory in Cene, his native land.
Nowadays the combination of experience, passion and technology are the key factors that allow Mario Bortolotti to be one of the best italian producer of salami.