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About Us

La Scala Espresso Coffee Machines T/A Ital Espresso Worx is a Close Corporation founded and headed by Maria Fontanella and her son Andrea Fontanella.

The company was founded in April 2010 and is based in Johannesburg at No. 639 Cnr Old Pretoria Main Rd & Andries Street, Bramley. We are the exclusive representative in South Africa of the following Italian Brands:

  • - La Scala Espresso Coffee Machines
  • - La Spaziale Espresso Coffee Machines
  • - My Way Coffee Machines
  • - Quamar Coffee Grinders
  • - Caffe Izzo
  • - Manuel Caffe
  • - Espresso Gear (Speciality Coffee Tools)
  • - Concept-art Joe Frex (Barista Tools)


Ital Espresso Worx is committed to providing these MADE IN ITALY brands as well as the branded peripherals to the major Ho.Re.Ca., Corporate & Private Sectors. We have a customer & distributor base who have trusted our brands and quality service for many years running and we have no doubt for many more in the future.

La Scala

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The La SCALA S.r.l. company started up in February 1997. The idea behind it came from a group of entrepreneurs from the sales sector of the hotel industry with thirty years' experience in the business, and in this short space of time it has managed to create a wide sales network both in Italy and abroad. The reason for this success has been its well-focused marketing strategy and precise technical and sales policies. The company's aim is not only to produce items linked to coffee-making machines, but it also includes the whole range of catering supplies. The demand for La SCALA products has compelled the company to set up a factory of 5,000 sq.m. covered area and 17,500 sq.m. uncovered in Noventa di Piave, facing the A4 motorway. The constantly changing market requires producers to commit themselves to continual development and the La SCALA team has an ongoing development program with qualified, expert technicians. The latest project to date is the application for ISO 9001:2000 certification.


La Spaziale

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La Spaziale was founded in 1969 by people with an experience in the branch of espresso coffee machines going back to 1947, thus creating a product based on quality and innovation. Today the company still believes in the original concepts by keeping the same philosophy and by committing every day to grant a high quality level in the cup through always advanced technical solutions. Today La Spaziale range is promoted and sold all over the world taking into account the requirements of each market and always with the main aim of providing first of all the highest quality. The results obtained during these years have been proof of such quality, which has allowed La Spaziale to enter very important markets and to develop a new concept. The first factory opened in Bologna in 1969 was later followed by a new industrial plant with an area of about 4000 square meters, of which 2000 have been devoted to production department.The first factory opened in Bologna in 1969 has been expanded and turned later into a new industrial plant of more than 6000 square meters.




August 2000: Quamar S.n.c. was established in Altivole, north-eastern Italy, by Mirco Martignago and Luca Quagliotto - at that time in their early thirties. The company immediately earned partnership and supply contracts from top catering and mechanical engineering companies. 2005: after taking over part of a legacy manufacturer of professional catering appliances for bars and small catering businesses, it dropped contract work and carved its way as a standalone brand. What makes the Quamar brand unmistakable is the high-quality design of its products. Compact shapes, top functionality, rounded, clean lines, and a wide range of colours are Quamar's distinctive marks today as they were yesterday. 2010: in order to respond to an increasingly higher customer demand, Quamar moved to larger premises to be able to deliver a wider range of products and ensure permanent stock availability. This allowed it to improve individual products and increase its offer adding new lines of appliances to match specific requirements, particularly for cafeterias, ice-cream shops, and kiosks.


Espresso Gear


Espresso Gear is a Swedish design, invention and production company with focus on the modern specialty coffee market. We have since the start in 2000 made many original designs which have pushed the level of quality for professional coffee tools and accessories.
Our goal is to constantly be one step ahead with new fun and clever gear which really adds significant value to your daily work as a barista.
Espresso Gear was started by Lars Wallin, back in 2000. It started as a hobby and after hunting customers begged him to sell his first tamper, a real company started it's journey.
Espresso Gear AB is situated in Gothenburg, southwest of Sweden. From there we, invent and design new products that are produced in the United Kingdom and China. Our customers today consists of wholesalers and retailers around the world. Eventually, we will open the shop for end-consumers as well.
Please feel free to browse our shop and if you find something you like you can always head over to our "find product" section to find your closest dealer.




Macap was founded in 1930 in Venice. It was established as a coffee grinder and equipment supplier to industry and has provided a quality service since its inception. All of Macap’s products are the result of constant refinement in quality and excellence. Every step of the production process is critically scrutinised: from the conception, through each stage of detailed construction, until the point that a machine becomes a sturdy and reliable professional equipment. Presently Macap trades in over 50 countries confirming that it is a secure brand-leader in this filed.


Caffe Izzo & My Way Espresso Machines

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Izzo Caffè was founded near the Vesuvius in 1979 by Mr. Vincenzo Izzo as an artisan-based coffee roastery, which have been striving with passion to produce real Neapolitan espresso for over 25 years. In the course of time, the strong spirit of enterprise supported by a highly qualified staff, both in the technical and commercial field, have favoured the rapid development of the Company and the establishment of its presence on both the national and international market. Today the Company are offering a series of activities related to each other, which pursue the Company's aim to provide the market not only with a wide range of products but also with services tending to guarantee maximum customer satisfaction. Among the services the customers can benefit from, the Company have recently devised a formula for the franchised Izzo Coffee Shops, in cooperation with their business partners; cafeterias to which a series of promotional and commercial initiatives based on exclusive Izzo Products are bound. Aware of the progresses achieved so far, and steadily committed to continuous and constant improvement, we pride ourselves today on playing an important role in the complex scenario of coffee business, especially thanks to the dynamism of our ideas.




Like so many ideas has small, almost playfully started even concept-art. First, also in a completely different area. Technical curiosity, invention joy and great artisan talent led the later company founder Jörg F. Rexroth to replicate or transform in his hobby room furnishings and decoration. He developed constantly new and original design ideas and creations that were well received with family and friends and it 1990 this has led it to set up a proper workshop. He experimented with unusual materials, forms and structures and created original objects, furniture and everyday objects - individual pieces of startling individuality that bribed by their technical perfection and functional imagination. Parallel to that, he also completed a degree in industrial engineering, but remained with heart and soul of the practitioner, the tinkerers and inventors. A rather random event brought then in 1996 a turning point: a friend asked Jörg Rexroth, to build him a tee box for his espresso machine. The job was completed successfully and with the usual style perfection, and this performance spread quickly, to the art, and Jörg soon realized that probably a hitherto almost unexplored market for high quality, stylish coffee and espresso accessories and accessories from designer level existed to which it began to specialize henceforth.
he developed an attractive range of products, which also included other high-quality products as Sudschubladen, espresso tamper, Tamping stations and sorts barista utensils except his now classic tee containers, and which even most of it were designed and conceived. With sense and prudence he built his program slowly but steadily in the emerging market.
Due to the growing success he founded in 2006 concept-art, with a dynamic team of qualified employees, and his company has since in the world of espresso fans, baristas and dealer become a fixed term which stands for highest quality, reliability and design originality. His top priorities are customer satisfaction, efficient service and constant innovation. Customers from all over the world appreciate his personal commitment to new ideas and concepts, his idealism and passion that has probably only increased since its beginnings in the hobby room. Recently, an updated corporate identity was created under the new brand name [JoeFrex] which previous traditions, quality principles and innovation efforts will continue dynamic and determined in the future


Manuel Caffè

50 years, two generations, just one coffee. The best

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It all started with Giuseppe De Giusti, the enfant prodige of our story. In the Fifties he started work at a company in Conegliano Veneto. Roasting soon became more of a passion than a job for Giuseppe and, surrounded by their fragrance, he could recognise perfectly roasted beans just by looking at their colour. In the meantime he married, the years passed and he felt the need to do more with this skill of his. Together with Bruna, his wife, he opened an artisan roasting business. The name was: Manuel Caffè. They specialised and supplied only the best products to bars and coffee shops. They were attentive both to the essence and the appearance of what they did, producing not only masterpiece blends, but also three children: Emanuela, Mauro and Cristina. This new generation inherited their parents’ love for coffee and an intelligent flair for the communication and development of ideas, starting a new chapter in the story. The whole business thrived thanks to the input of studies by Emanuela, Mauro and Cristina and the freshness of their creative talent. Bringing us to Manuel Caffè today. A business that is both flavoursome and traditional. Calm and boiling. Like a cup of coffee.