Dello Mano is a luxury family owned business located in the heart of a historic Brisbane. Dedicated to sharing beautiful, handmade food with the world, Dello Mano retains the lux pioneering standard of the brownie since 2006. Like all the best truly handmade food, everything that comes out of Dello Mano is infused with love of food, collective compassion for our customers, and a few sprinklings of personal family life story Dello Mano prides itself to be perfectionists who are passionate about detail, stylish presentation and immaculate service.
Here is the story about Dello Mano through the eyes of founders, Deborah and Bien Peralta:
We are Deborah and Bien Peralta, a married couple who share a deep-set love of food. We founded Dello Mano in 2006, an event that consummated years of hopes and dreams. In order to follow these dreams, we stepped away from our fast-paced office jobs with multinational food brands such as Kellogg’s and Cadbury. Despite our corporate affiliations, we were long-time devotees of the Slow Food Movement, a group based in Italy that is devoted to preserving traditional gastronomy around the world. We longed to start a business that would allow us to treat food according to the tenets of Slow Food: with hands-on care, respect, and love. The birth of our two daughters intensified this desire. The constant effort to provide them with wholesome, natural nutrition heightened our awareness of food and the decisions that surround it — and, of course, we wanted a lifestyle that would allow us to spend more time with them.
It was a family trip to Italy that finally catalysed our entrepreneurial spirit. With our two little girls in tow, we ate our way from Turin to Rome. We started at the Slow Food Movement’s Salone del Gusto, a massive exposition showcasing traditional food from every corner of the world, and zigzagged our way down the peninsula. Everywhere we looked, we were entranced and inspired by Italian reverence for food. Rather than being mere monetary transactions, interactions between food producer and customers were mutually respectful relationships, enforced with layers of trust and tradition. We were particularly struck by a seemingly everyday scene in a tiny Roman cured meat shop: the salumiere carefully sliced a measure of prosciutto, wrapped it in crisp white paper, and presented it like a lovingly-chosen gift to his customer. We wanted our own business to offer similarly personalised service and carefully-prepared food. The name Dello Mano, Italian for “of the hand,” is an homage to the philosophy that underpins Italian cuisine, which emphasises high-quality ingredients and painstaking technique, all selected and made by hand.
We began our business with one product: our Luxury Classic Belgian Chocolate Brownie. The apparent simplicity of this brownie belies the months of development that went into it; before we were confident with our recipe, we subjected our friends and neighbours to countless rounds of trial and error. In the earliest days of our business — after we finally settled on a recipe — we baked everything out of a shared local football club kitchen. We’d feed our small children and pack us all up our own home and sold online, marketing almost entirely through word of mouth. Those simple efforts proved sufficient; within a few months, we were invited to participate d at the Powerhouse Farmers Market, which was then the most prestigious market of its kind in Brisbane. Our daughters, then eight and ten, were more than happy to help run the stand in homemade uniforms and branded bandanas. The little stand we held every week at that farmers’ market became the foundation for a decade of consistent growth. In addition to selling our treats online, we now have two retail stores offering sweet and savoury produce. Both located in Brisbane. At both of our locations, you can enjoy our baked goods against a backdrop of some of the most beautiful and significant real estate in Brisbane. One of our shops is located in the historic Tattersalls Arcade on Queen Street, while the other is ensconced in the tree-lined neighbourhood of New Farm, Brisbane’s own “Little Italy.” Our cafes serve some of Brisbane’s tastiest and most indulgent brunches and afternoon teas on gleaming gold stands and white tablecloths, all under the shifting shade of fiddle leaf figs. We aim to evoke a more leisurely way of life and to bring a measure of much-needed luxury to our customers’ busy schedules.
Today we are supported by an amazing team of Dellomanonians, who share our dream to create beautiful handmade food in a wonderful team and happy team environment where creativity abounds and has no boundaries. From our chefs and bakers to our front of house team and beyond, such beautiful team energy now prevails and continues to fire the momentum of our dream – our dream to deliver beautiful handmade food.