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About Dante's Fine Foods

Love food? So do we. And not just any ol' food either. At Dante's, we're crazy about delicious, wholesome, premium-quality food. So we scour the globe for the world's finest foods and bring them right to your doorstep.

          1800+ foods sourced from
          30+ countries around the world with
          10+ years in the business run by
          1 team passionate about good food.

Why the name Dante’s?

Our shop is named in honour of the great Italian writer Dante Alighieri, who wrote poetry so exquisite that it ushered in a whole new style of literature. And that's exactly what we're about: a new style. Dante's means a fresh approach to eating.

Why the rooster logo?

The rooster is an Old World symbol for good luck. But make no mistake—good living is less about being lucky and more about making smart choices. At Dante’s, we believe that the good life starts with choosing good food.

Our Story: A Taste of Home

It all started with a problem. Having recently immigrated to Cambridge, New Zealand, the Grootscholten family found themselves in a pickle. Where in their adopted home could they find the high-quality foods they'd enjoyed in their native Netherlands?

Tracking down exceptional foods wasn't easy. They travelled far and wide to get what they could: Auckland for Dutch cheese and liquorice, Tauranga for authentic Italian pasta and sauces, Hawkes Bay farmers' markets for Kiwi artisan vinaigrettes and oils. But what was really needed was a shop that would bring the world's best under one roof. The Grootscholtens decided to do just that. They spent a year unearthing the world's best foods, found the ideal spot in Cambridge to house them and in 2004...

Dante's was born.

Our Store: Around the World in 80 Steps

And now here we are, selling foods from around the globe to people who appreciate quality. 

Step inside our shop and you're immediately transported around the world, shelves loaded with gourmet foods from every continent. And it doesn't matter if you're looking for exotic flavours or local tastes; there really is something for everybody:

  • Food lover? Treat yourself to our Belgian chocolates and Italian pasta.
  • Globetrotter? Relive your travels with German sauerkraut or Spanish chorizo.
  • Ex-pat? Get a taste of home with our Dutch syrup waffles (Stroopwafel) or European marzipan.
  • Ingredient-conscious? Enjoy the finest with our pomegranate molasses and aromatic sumac.
  • Dietary needs? Feel fantastic with our no-allergy goat cheeses or gluten-free pastry range.

With over 1800 products, you'll find plenty here that takes your fancy. Find out for yourself - drop by our shop in downtown Cambridge or do it all from your computer using our online store.

Our Staff: Nuts About Food

We know food because we love food. And that's something we want to pass on. We're always on hand to help out, whether it's putting together a failsafe gift basket or tracking down a special ingredient for you.

Dante's manager (and eldest daughter of the Grootscholten clan), Vicki, doesn't just love to eat food, she loves to talk food too. She regularly emails out recipes to customers, blogs about food and gets a real kick out of sharing her know-how with customers. Every product at Dante's has a story and Vicki knows every one of 'em. So sign up to receive our email recipes, visit our blog or simply contact us with your questions.

Anyway, enough about us - we want to hear from you. Like you, we care about good food and want to help give your kitchen a culinary boost.

So come visit us at Dante's for a world of taste.