When I think of Mirella Trozzo, the creative mind behind the 10-year success story of Biscotti Di Notte, the words sacrifice, strength, courage, commitment and love, all come to mind.
From its humble beginnings, Mirella built her ‘cottage industry’ bakery into a brand now well-recognized in mid-Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
I often ponder the ‘why’ behind a business. We all have our dreams, and Mirella is no exception. She simply wanted to bake her way to Italy ... and that dream trip becomes real this year when she visits her ancestral home in October.
Her love of family is easily seen in Mirella’s eyes when she talks about her two sons, Luigi and Anthony, and her husband Frank. I admire the way she has managed to be a doting mother and wife, while still growing her business these past 10 years. It’s no easy task, as any of us who own a business can attest to, but Mirella has done it with a deep commitment to both her family and her business. I’ve always felt that her customers matter as much as her family members ... well, almost anyway!
“I prefer ‘small batch’ baking to keep my products as fresh as possible for my customers,” Mirella admits. “And I like to try specialty items, like my most recent creation called “Short & Stout” that I made using Hoyne Brewery’s “Stout” and “Bows & Arrows” coffee beans. Hoyne Brewing in Victoria bought dozens of Mirella’s custom biscotti as a holiday gift for their customers. “I love doing custom orders like that,” she says. “I’m hoping to do more in the future.”
Mirella’s Biscotti and Italian Shortbread can also be found at “A Step Above” in Quality Foods stores. You can also order direct by calling 250-752-3637 or, if you happen to be strolling by 1026 Cardinal Way in the residential community of Chartwell near Qualicum Beach ... you’ll likely find the bakery open for business on weekends.
Italian Shortbread, Pizzelle, and Biscotti ... they’re all made ‘con amore’ and you’ll love them!