Goodness made delicious at Piccola Cucina Jul 8, 2024

By: Jennifer McFee

A local business has added a new ingredient to its recipe for success with expanded offerings of allergen-sensitive food products for health-conscious consumers.

Piccola Cucina is a woman-owned food manufacturer that creates nutrient-rich, high-quality foods made with simple, clean ingredients.

The company launched in 2009 by producing Italian-inspired macaroon cookies that are certified gluten-free, dairy-free and almond-based. Since then, Piccola Cucina’s product line continues to expand.

Today, the company offers about 20 delicious and nutritious products, including almond flour pie shells and almond flax wraps, as well as gluten-free pizza crusts, finished pizzas and gluten-free vegan superfood desserts. The popular pizzas and desserts were added to the offerings in 2023 after Piccola Cucina acquired the assets of Judy G Foods Inc.

“All the products are being produced in our HACCP-certified and CFIA federally inspected manufacturing facility,” says owner Pina Romolo. “The business was originally in Calgary and we brought all the production here to Manitoba.”

With a holistic approach, Piccola Cucina produces minimally processed foods from healthy ingredients sourced through sustainable practices. The company further focuses on sustainability by aiming to minimize byproducts, achieve zero food waste, conserve water and energy, and recycle materials from processing and packaging.

Since the business continually evolves, Romolo understands the importance of being flexible and planning ahead while maintaining a commitment to excellence. For other budding entrepreneurs, she recommends undertaking as much research as possible to figure out the best way to move forward.

Pina Romolo of Piccola Cucina at SIAL Canada 2024.

“Get mentors, advisors, a good accountant, a lawyer that can help you navigate,” she suggests. “World Trade Centre Winnipeg has also supported me in a lot of ways.”

Looking ahead, Piccola Cucina is cooking up some exciting plans — but Romolo is not ready to share them quite yet.

“There’s a lot of growth potential,” she says. “I’m excited for the future.”

To learn more about Piccola Cucina, visit or check out their social media pages. 

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