Mangia, Mangia

PETER TAYLOR
From top: Organic Modica chocolate by Sabadì chocolate brand, in Rossella (Sicilian red orange) flavor; chili pepper paté by Trimarchi di Villa Marchese; “Rosso e Nero” Penne by Verrigni; organic jumbo table olives by Agricola Paglione.

“SHE WOULD CREATE these amazing meals out of this tiny, ’50s kitchen,” Victoria Custodi Zabel says of her Aunt Pia, the namesake of the new Zia Pia Imports at 7th Street Public Market (“zia” means “aunt” in Italian). “I think she would be so proud to have her name on it.” The small booth is stocked with artisanal Italian products imported from small, family producers—egg pasta from Campofilone, jarred tomatoes from Puglia, organic chocolate from Modica, extra-virgin olive oils from Umbria and Tuscany, and more. “They care about the environment. They care about quality. They care about flavor,” Zabel, who is half-Italian, says of the producers. She partners with Orvieto, Italy-based chef and family friend Riccardo Manieri to source each item. Zia Pia is the only U.S. importer of many of the products on the shelves, and true Italophiles can sign up for monthly home deliveries ($75 per month), including an assortment of products along with suggested recipes for quick, easy meals. “It’s kind of like an Italian CSA,” Zabel says. 224 E. 7th St. (inside 7th Street Public Market), 704-457-9421.

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