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Passion since 1978 

Pasticceria Quadrifoglio is a family with a story of believing in and following a dream: to create unique, delicious and memorable desserts.

Our mission: we take care of the details

It’s a story of dedication and pure passion for our products and our customers: we believe in curiosity and the constant quest for excellence and new trends. Our aim is to offer artisan Italian products with unique flavours, and we seek to combine this with reliable and attentive service. We want to grow, while keeping our feet firmly on the ground.

Our story

It all began when a brother and a sister, aged just 20, decided to take the plunge into the world of pastry. It was 1978 when they opened a shop in the “Quadrifoglio” apartment block in a small town in Modena province, which they called Pasticceria Quadrifoglio.

 

1978

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The Canali family opens a small cake shop

It was 1978 when they opened a shop in the “Quadrifoglio” apartment block in a small town in Modena province, which they called Pasticceria Quadrifoglio.
It was an adventure that was bound to start well, but the family certainly did not imagine that in a very short time they would become an important supplier of desserts for nearby restaurants, thanks to Duilio’s pastry skills, Claudio’s sales abilities and the enthusiasm and ideas of Fiorenza and Patrizia.

1985

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New premises

Just a few years later, in 1985, they decided their shop was too small, so the business moved to larger premises, and began to work exclusively on the production of desserts for restaurants.


Frozen patisserie

1995

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Into the world of retail

In the early 1990s, the family noticed the lack of a ready-to-drink sorbet for restaurants, so in 1995 they found a way to produce one, eventually launching the first drinkable sorbet: Sorbissimo.
Sorbissimo was a truly new product: neither an ice cream nor a drink, simply a ready-to-drink dessert in a bottle. The new idea was not only successful in restaurants, but also found a place in supermarkets. Business was tough, and Franco joined the family to take charge of direct distribution.
Franco’s arrival further strengthened Pasticceria Quadrifoglio’s leading role in the Ho.Re.Ca sector in Emilia Romagna; meanwhile the firm was expanding in large-scale retail, and acquiring major clients which allowed it to greatly increase product quality.

2005

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Acquisitions and certifications

Within a few years, the firm succeeded in accessing major retail chains: in 2005 it obtained BRC/IFS certification and bought out its major competitor in Emilia Romagna: Gelostar.
Soon the original lemon-flavour Sorbissimo was joined by a coffee version in a new moka-shaped bottle, and by further brands such as Sorbfruit and GranSorbetto.
Two worlds of desserts take shape: chilled and frozen; innovation and tradition.

2011

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Alongside these changes, Pasticceria Quadrifoglio reorganised and refurbished its production processes, with an eye on foreign markets. The products arrived in Spain and France in 2008, and in subsequent years penetrated the UK, Germany and Austria, before crossing the oceans to Australia, Japan and the United States.

In 2012 there was another cause for satisfaction: the family tradition continued, with the second generation entering the firm. The hope is that the story will continue in the same way, with calm passion and plenty of boldness.

2015

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New markets and new opportunities


Production began on new, unique chilled desserts, following in-depth research into the market and the competition: artisan production at the service of the chilled retail sector.

History
1978
The Canali family opens a small cake shop

It was 1978 when they opened a shop in the “Quadrifoglio” apartment block in a small town in Modena province, which they called Pasticceria Quadrifoglio.
It was an adventure that was bound to start well, but the family certainly did not imagine that in a very short time they would become an important supplier of desserts for nearby restaurants, thanks to Duilio’s pastry skills, Claudio’s sales abilities and the enthusiasm and ideas of Fiorenza and Patrizia.

1985
New premises

Just a few years later, in 1985, they decided their shop was too small, so the business moved to larger premises, and began to work exclusively on the production of desserts for restaurants.


Frozen patisserie

1995
Into the world of retail

In the early 1990s, the family noticed the lack of a ready-to-drink sorbet for restaurants, so in 1995 they found a way to produce one, eventually launching the first drinkable sorbet: Sorbissimo.
Sorbissimo was a truly new product: neither an ice cream nor a drink, simply a ready-to-drink dessert in a bottle. The new idea was not only successful in restaurants, but also found a place in supermarkets. Business was tough, and Franco joined the family to take charge of direct distribution.
Franco’s arrival further strengthened Pasticceria Quadrifoglio’s leading role in the Ho.Re.Ca sector in Emilia Romagna; meanwhile the firm was expanding in large-scale retail, and acquiring major clients which allowed it to greatly increase product quality.

2005
Acquisitions and certifications

Within a few years, the firm succeeded in accessing major retail chains: in 2005 it obtained BRC/IFS certification and bought out its major competitor in Emilia Romagna: Gelostar.
Soon the original lemon-flavour Sorbissimo was joined by a coffee version in a new moka-shaped bottle, and by further brands such as Sorbfruit and GranSorbetto.
Two worlds of desserts take shape: chilled and frozen; innovation and tradition.

2011

Alongside these changes, Pasticceria Quadrifoglio reorganised and refurbished its production processes, with an eye on foreign markets. The products arrived in Spain and France in 2008, and in subsequent years penetrated the UK, Germany and Austria, before crossing the oceans to Australia, Japan and the United States.

In 2012 there was another cause for satisfaction: the family tradition continued, with the second generation entering the firm. The hope is that the story will continue in the same way, with calm passion and plenty of boldness.

2015
New markets and new opportunities


Production began on new, unique chilled desserts, following in-depth research into the market and the competition: artisan production at the service of the chilled retail sector.

Today

Pasticceria Quadrifoglio continues to grow, and its story has filled with people, occasions and adventures. 
Our roots lie in Italian artisan heritage, and we intend to tell as many people as possible about this.

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