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Since 1972


Imma and Mario Caporaso established a continental deli on St Bernard’s Rd, Rostrevor in 1972.

They were committed to building a business based on friendly, personalised service and a range of quality produce and everyday needs, taking advantage by being open for longer hours than the supermarkets. In those days it meant working 7.00am -10.00pm 7 days per week. With their strict beliefs; freshness, meaningful value, honesty, integrity and enduring hospitality they bred loyal supporters for many years.

Imma and Mario’s two children, Angela & John, who at the time were little helpers, grew up in the shop and worked on weekends. Angela moved to Melbourne to pursue a promising music career whilst John was left to gain further wisdom to the basic principles of hard work and running a business.

ImmaFurther mentoring was obtained from another vehicle when John decided to work outside the family business full time – but still helped out on the weekends – or else!!  it wasn’t until 10 years of service under the guidance & mentoring of Nick Bianco’s regime that John realised the destiny of his working life.

John rejoined the family business in 1998 with his wife Rose, and a vision to build on the cultural empire established by his parents for over 25 years. John moved the business to a larger, purpose built store down the road. From a no-frills small corner store emerged a gourmet food emporium. The new store, Mercato, opened in June 2005.



Mercato is a work in progress. Our aim is to present, innovate & educate our customers with local and Italian produce of quality, authenticity and consistency.

We strive to be your first thought when celebrating Italian cuisine, from aperitifs, entree, first and second course, desserts and through to coffee & digestives.

John Caporaso

Our products are carefully sourced and selected to offer ingredients that are value for money. For those who want to discover, we offer cooking schools, wine education, product demonstrations, product launches, corporate packages and informal “mate’s nights”. All of this combined with a shared knowledge service and hospitality make us great to deal with, hopefully for years to come – We look forward to a long friendship with you.



Mercato 625-627 Lower North East Road, Campbelltown SA 5074  |  ph. 08 8337 1808  |  fax. 08 8337 8024  |  info@mercato.com.au

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