A scoop of Italian history being served up with new ice cream van venture

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 17 Jul 2018

With more weeks of sunshine than we can shake a flake at - a new ice cream venture has got off to a delicious start.

Valente Ices Ltd is serving homemade, locally-sourced ice cream at local markets, village fetes, corporate events, special family occasions and weddings. With a five star rating from East Lindsey District Council for hygiene standards and service, this business is certainly flavour of the month.

Served from Mia Bellina (my little beauty in Italian) this is a first business venture together for proprietors Trina Wright and Tony Bridges - but one with a sprinkling of Italian heritage.

Trina is excited by her first business venture selling ice cream (Image: Immysphotos@gmail.com)

Trina, originally from Louth but now from Tetney said: "I felt that there was a niche in the market to offer Mia Bellina, my tastefully restored, everyday street vending van - into a bespoke ice cream van, for weddings, corporate events, etc.

"Being a people person, my aim is to offer a very personal service to each and every customer.

"We have locally-sourced homemade ice cream, which is truly delicious and most flavours are gluten free!

"I would be delighted to hear from any brides getting married or anyone with a special occasion looking for something a little bit different.

"All our prices our catered to each individual and I am happy for anyone looking to book Mia Bellina."

Matilda Lynes, 2, adores the teddy cone (Image: Submitted photo)

The Mia Bellina ice cream van has had a complete make over and is in the Italian colours of green, white and red. Although Trina will not be street vending, the van can be booked for anniversaries, hen parties, birthdays, corporate events and other up-market occasions.

They are currently serving four delicious flavours of ice creams including: vanilla, strawberry, mint choc chip and double chocolate.

Once you've chosen your flavour you can decide if you want one, two, or three scoops in your tasty waffle cone. And especially for the under 12s, teddy shaped cones are going down a treat.

Antonio Valente started out with an old fashioned push cart (Image: Submitted photo)


Valente Ices has been named after the grandfather of Tony Bridges - Antonio Valente who came to England in the early 1920s. He started out with an old fashioned push cart and finished up with six shops in the London area.

READ MORE: Louth's historic Mr Chips restaurant set to reopen soon

Trina would like to give additional thanks to Lucky 13 industries for the Italian make over and to Danger Signs' Matt - for his sign writing skills.

To book or find out more, contact them on Facebook via Valente Ices Ltd.

Tony's mother Maria Lucia (nee Valente), right and his auntie who carried on one of the ice cream shops in London (Image: Submitted photo)

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