San Gimignano ‘artisan of ice-cream’ Sergio Dondoli was awarded last month with the prize of Master of Art and Craft. Dondoli received the prestigious acknowledgment in Milan from the hands of President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella.
The MAM prize, which is promoted by the Cologni Foundation of Craftmanship, is given every three years to Italian masters who have distinguished themselves in different fields of craftmanship including ceramics, wood, jewelry, interior design, mechanics, leather, metals, restoration, theatre, textile, food and wine, and mosaics.
“I am quite proud of receiving this award, as I have always interpreted my job as an artisan who has chosen to work with products of its territory; since the beginning of my career I have had this philosophy, this particular approach to my work, convinced as I am of the importance of promoting the economy of my land. Such an approach has brought me to choose milk and fruits from my area and has helped me to become a reference for the city of San Gimignano. Italy has such a wide range of typical products, and it is our duty to valorize them,” said Dondoli.
Among these products Dondoli mentions the DOP saffron produced in San Gimignano, “thanks to which I have made one of my most acknowledged creations: the Santa Fina Cream.”