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Fabio Viviani

I wanted to make sure we did everything at my restaurant like we do in Italy. And that meant using real Italian ingredients from all across the country so that each region would be celebrated. The authenticity and quality that Viola Imports provides my restaurants, even my own kitchen, enriches the food experience that I want to deliver to my customers. Viola allows me to bring my heritage and my food to so many people.
Fabio Viviani, Celebrity Chef/Restauranteur/Author

Sarah Grueneberg

Viola Imports is my go-to for true authentic Italian ingredients. Each ingredient tells a story of the person and tradition behind them. Alessandro and the Viola team are passionate about bringing them to Chicago and supporting the Italian craft.
Sarah Grueneberg, Chef/Partner Monteverde
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Tony Mantuano

Viola Imports always has the most authentic Italian ingredients available in America. The service that Alessandro provides to his customers, going the extra mile to find something particular, is second to none.
Tony Mantuano, Chef/Partner Levy; Spiaggia, Bar Toma, Terzo Piano, River Roast
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Jonathan Goldsmith

Un altro livello of products. Viola Imports can be found in the best restaurants throughout America. I am very happy to have them here in Chicago!
Jonathan Goldsmith, Spacca Napoli Pizzeria
Carrie Nahabedian - Chef/Owner at NAHA and Brindille

Carrie Nahabedian

Alessandro is the most committed person to excellence and professionalism in the world of Italian foods. He is dedicated and extremely focused on the details that set his stellar products apart. I am happy to say NAHA has done business with him for ten years and I look forward to many more.
Carrie Nahabedian, Chef/Owner at NAHA and Brindille
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Chris Pandel

Viola brings the best of Italy to Chicago. Their personal relationships with the artisans in Italy translate directly to our guests' dining experiences by providing the highest quality food products for us to cook with. Viola allows us to provide a truly Italian dining experience. With Viola, its not just food, its personal!
Chris Pandel, Chef at The Bristol
Doug Psaltis – Chef at RPM Italian, Chicago

Doug Psaltis

Working with Viola Imports, especially Alessandro, has made the world of difference to our chef teams and most importantly to our guests at the restaurants. Viola consistently supplies me with a wide array of premium quality products. Whether it's some of the world’s best spices, amazing Tuscan olive oil or some of Italy's most prized cheeses.
Doug Psaltis, Chef/Partner Lettuce Entertain You; RPM Italian, RPM Steak, Bub City, Paris Club, Ramen-san
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Amanda Puck

The team at Viola Imports showcases quality products our customers love to learn about. From honey made by nomadic beekeepers to aged Italian carnaroli rice that makes the best risotto, Viola Imports is a go-to for the best ingredients imported from Italy.
Amanda Puck, Director, Strategic Brand Development Mariano’s / Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc.
Gabriele Corcos - Host of Extra Virgin on Cooking Channel/Food Network

Gabriele Corcos

Alessandro's work ethic is phenomenal! Working with him is a pleasure and a guarantee. He is extremely reliable, accommodating and thrives not just for the health of his own company, but also for the success and satisfaction of all his business partners. I am very happy to be doing business with him and Viola Imports, and I am sincerely looking forward for many more years of prosperous business together!
Gabriele Corcos, Creator/Producer/Host of ``Extra Virgin`` on Cooking Channel/Food Network, NY Times Best-Selling Author