With deep roots in both the Cantabrian and Mediterranean Seas, The Olasagasti story starts at the end of the 19th century when nonno Salvatore Orlando first set foot on the shores of Getaria, in Gipuzkoa. He was sent from his native Sicily by his father. He was one of the Italian pioneers who introduced the long-standing salting techniques on the Cantabrian coast, where it was as yet unknown. Salvatore tied the knot with a Basque woman, Simona Olasagasti, and their marriage produced six children and various companies. The products of these companies were then distributed to Italy through established family business lines in that country.
Today, it is Matteo Orlando, grandson of Salvatore and Simona, who is in charge of the factory at Markina, Bizkaia, maintaining a centuries-old tradition, flying the flag for his grandmother’s surname, Olasagasti.