I recently got introduced to fabulous Diletto Online Deli and was so impressed with them that I thought I would introduce them to everyone who hasn’t yet heard of them.
Diletto, defined as delight, pleasure, beloved and delectation is an online deli, specialising in premium delicacies and gifts. It was founded by Capetonian entrepreneurs Martin Lompa and Francis Richter and was officially launched to the online shopping world in August 2008. What can I say? I’m a late bloomer when it comes to online shopping 🙂
Born out of the passion and interest for fine food and wine, Diletto provides virtual shoppers with a handpicked selection of:
- Biscotti & Bakes
- Oil & Vinegars
- Jam & Preserves
- Wine, Beer & Spirits
Most of the products sourced by the Diletto team are rare and exclusive, allowing the spotlight to fall on developing smaller and relatively unknown suppliers, rather than boosting well-know brands. South Africans are still extremely cautious online shoppers and Diletto aims to increase online shopping traffic to their virtual store, as well as the broader local and international online shopping community alike, through their products on offer and efficient service delivery.
Let me introduce you to the two powerhouses behind the Diletto logo:
Martin Lompa, co-founder and technical manager of Diletto, was born and raised in Cape Town, attended the Deutsche Internationale Schule Kapstadt, Oude Molen Technical High and later obtained a University of Cambridge IT Engineering diploma through CTI.However, Martin’s involvement in electronics, IT and the security industry started immediately after he completed high school, before officially commencing with his studies. Martin worked for Eagle Technology for over ten years, starting out as an IT technician, progressing to an IT and network engineer and finally being promoted to sales management. When quizzed about the aspects that he enjoys most about his job, he says, “The daily challenges and opportunities that it brings.” Inspired by the power of the human mind, Martin’s greatest influence on his life so far, has come from the book, Rich Dad Poor Dad and successful businessmen including Richard Branson and Warren Buffet.
If Martin had the opportunity to dine with five famous people, his guest list would include Einstein, Edison, Rockefeller Senior and Mozart. A self-confessed “adrenalin addict,” when duty isn’t calling at the office Martin can be found mountain biking, rock climbing, abseiling or bridge swinging. Swakopmund is Martin’s favourite travel destination to date and if he ever had to choose another place to live, other than Cape Town, it would be in the most remote part of the Cederberg Mountains. Martin enjoys indulging in sushi and blueberry cheesecake ice cream, and cannot go a day without the view of Table Mountain.
Martin’s motto in life, “If you say you can, you can. If you say cannot, you’re right.”
Long time friend, co-founder and General Manager of Diletto, Francis Richter was also born and raised in Cape Town, and attended the Deutsche Internationale Schule Kapstadt, Tamboerskloof Primary, Camps Bay High and later graduated from Unisa with a B-Comm. degree and majored in management. Prior to becoming the co-founder of Diletto, Francis’ previous work experiences include an internship at the Department of Sport and Cultural Affairs, working in the sales department of Calls United, served as a waitor at Carlucci’s and a barman all the way in Scotland at the Kenmore Hotel. Since high school, Francis dreamed of owning a business and soon picked up on the trend of online shopping which he coupled with his passion for fine food and wine. When asked about what he enjoys most his job, Francis says, “Being independent and working for myself at my own pace in an industry that I am very passionate about.”
Francis draws his inspiration from hearing about other people’s success stories and if he ever had the opportunity to dine with five famous people, his guest list would include Richard Branson, Albert Einstein, Spartan King Leonidas, Leonardo da Vinci and Helen Zille. Once the sun sets and the work-day is over, Francis enjoys reading business and fantasy books, listening to hip-hop, alternative rock and heavy metal music and watching movies.
Sunday is Francis’ favourite day of the week, as he normally sets off on a long hike or participates in other activities including mountain-biking, body-boarding, kayaking or food and wine tasting. He enjoys indulging in pizza, chocolate chilli steak, a good old salami sandwich with cheese and German mustard. Namibia, Switzerland and Scotland are currently Francis’ favourite travel destinations and if he could live anywhere else but Cape Town, he would pick either Switzerland or Scotland.
Francis admits that family and loved ones have been the greatest influences on his life so far and shares his motto that, “Everything in life is about getting enough balance in every respect.”
Francis and Martin have shown much interest in the food blogging world and future Food Blogger Indaba sponsorship and would like to offer a fabulous hamper containing So_go lime juice, Chaloner Strawberry and Mint Jam, Chaloner Plum and Onion Marmalade, Skimmelberg Organic Rooibos Tea, Buchulife herbal water (1 * lime, 1 * cranberry, 1 * natural) bottles, Rosemary infused Grape Seed oil 250ml, Chaloner Blueberry Raspberry and Lavendar Jam, Olive Boutique Kalamata Olives in Blueberry dressing and Dried Pomegranate Arils valued at over R500 to one very lucky South African reader!
To stand in line with a chance of winning this stunning food hamper all you have to do is leave a comment and tell me what you would do with the organic rooibos tea from the hamper! It’s as simple as that 🙂
Competition closes next Friday September 23 at midday and the winner will be announced straight after that.
Good luck! And thank you Martin and Francis for this wonderful prize that you have donated to the South African readers of this blog.
EDIT: Friday 23 September 12.30pm
This competition is now closed. Thank you everyone who participated and commented. There are so many delightful entries that we have decided to do a lucky draw instead. So later on today I will announce the winner as soon as that is done in front of witnesses…
Good luck everyone 🙂