European Inspired... New Zealand Made.

About Us

Traditionally Tuscan is a Artisan wholesale bakery creating European inspired sweet treats, with a specific focus on authentic Tuscan specialities. Established in 2000, we have grown our range of handcrafted products to include five types of Panforte – the famous spice and nut cake of Siena, unique Tuscan biscuits as well as Marzipan and marzipan products.

Inspired by our family connection to Siena, it is our aim to create authentic Tuscan delicacies, using traditional methods and recipes.

Our wholesale bakery and shop (Tanner Street Bakery) are located at The Tannery complex in Woolston, Christchurch.  Here you can meet the bakers , sample our Tuscan range and enjoy a  selection of biscuits, pastries, breads and light lunch items.  Visit Tanner Street Bakery facebook page for more details.



Paula & Gianni Barbafiera

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The Story So Far...

We are often asked how it is that two South Africans come to be making authentic Italian dolce in New Zealand!
The story begins with Gianni’s family.  Nonna Lida would send Panforte every Christmas to her son Carlo in South Africa.
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Cuisine Awards 2012

The pretty paper package is tied with brown string and stamped with a red wax seal – open it and the rich aromas of fruit and spices rise up to greet you. Paula Barbafiera’s taken care to ensure that her panforte di Siena is every bit as authentic...
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Introducing Panforte

Panforte is the sweet spice and nut cake of the Tuscan city Siena, its origins dating back in time to before the first medieval Crusades. In accordance with ancient tradition, 17 ingredients go into the making of this cake in honour of the 17 contrade or
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