We believe in the search for quality and in the enhancement of local products.
Our being artisans is the guarantee of typical flavors, of the unique taste of Ligurian tradition, of the passion we put in our work.
Father Sergio, originally from Borzonasca, came from a very humble family and already at the age of 11 he was sent to work in a bakery in Serravalle Scrivia. He began his story as a baker, which is also the story of our family.
Working in various bakeries, learning new techniques, his passion grew until he took over a bakery in Borgonovo Ligure, his first business on his own in 1966. His first bakery was fed with the shells of hazelnuts grown on the terraced hills, a great resource for our hinterland.
Since then our history was intertwined with that of the Chiavari Mixed Hazelnuts, whose processing represents one of the main activities of our company today. We, the children, are continuing a tradition of work, passion and taste, specializing in pastries, baked goods and Ligurian gastronomy.
When you open this jar you smell the scent of our land: Liguria, whose mountains are overlooking the sea…
Chiavarina Spread is the result of an ambitious project of recovery of a lost tradition and of a family history.
Our spread cream is obtained from the processing of Misto Chiavari Hazelnuts, a local mix including 8
different varieties of hazelnuts grown for centuries in the Fontanabuona, Graveglia, Aveto and Sturla valleys (Tigullio, hinterland of Chiavari), which have represented in the past a valuable source of sustenance for their inhabitants, shaping the landscape and transforming it into magnificent and picturesque terraces.
The different conformation, exposure and composition of the terrain favoured the cultivation of several varieties which could better adapt to different conditions: one splendid example of biodiversity.
This very diversity and adaptability has made it possible for these fruits to develop an unrivalled taste. They were in fact purchased in the past by famous confectionery companies from Piedmont in order to “reinforce” the taste of the classic and best known Tonda Gentile Hazelnut of the Langhe region.
Nevertheless intensive and mechanized cultivation practiced in other regions, together with the importation
of foreign, more competitive products, has led to a decay and abandonment of almost all of the “Chiavari Mix” cultivation in the last 30 years.
Misto Chiavari Hazelnuts are still lovingly cultivated and manually harvested by a few heroic farmers, as also our grandparents used to do. I still remember with joy when they took my sister and I with them to collect the nuts in their little hazelnut grove, with a special apron sewn by our grandmother just for thispurpose.
Hazelnuts are picked manually in the fields, selected one by one in our pastry shop, and then gently toasted and slowly processed in order to obtain this fragrant cream.
When tasting this product, rich in natural antioxidants, fibres and healthy unsaturated fats, similar to extra virgin olive oil, you contribute to fighting our countryside depopulation and supporting the safeguarding of our fragile and unique landscape.