The well established Forte’s Pizzeria business celebrates its 50th year in St Leonards on Sea and many of their customers over the last five decades still keep in touch with their adopted Italian family.
Lucia, David, Mario and Tony all celebrated their success in business and their children and grandchildren were able to entice them away from their customers long enough to recreate a photo of them from 1966. They also held a surprise gathering for them at the Pizzeria to share their achievements.
The brother and sister quartet’s Italian parents, Augusto and Minchetta, started their life in England once they had emigrated from their family village, Monforte. They took over Forte’s Ice Cream Parlour on May 24th 1965, which was originally owned by a close family friend named Tony Minchella. During the 60’s and 70’s, ice cream parlours along the seaside were a popular attraction, none being busier than Forte’s along the South East.
During 2005, the brother and sister team changed their focus and decided to reopen the business as Forte’s Pizzeria with Pizziola’s (pizza chefs) from the home of Pizza, Naples. From here, the company blossomed.
The Pizzeria features large photos of Monforte on the wall and both Pasta and Pizza Monforte on the menus as a tribute to the family’s origins.
Forte’s Pizzeria has always brought a touch of Italian authenticity to the Sussex seafront and is widely acclaimed as a true Italian jewel and if you’re a pizza lover then Forte’s Pizzeria is situated at 2 Eversfield Place, St Leonards-on-Sea.