We are proud to recognize the many family, friends and partners that support ZiaPia as well as acknowledge many of the organizations that model our values. We encourage you to learn more about them by clicking on the links below.

Tre Testimoni:  Three Witnesses, written by my father, George Custodi, which after eight years in the making is now published and available for sale! Written in both English and Italian, it contains the personal account, in their own words, of twoItalian soldiers in WWII (one his father/my grandfather). The third witness was a farmer in the Orvieto region of Umbria who witnessed the war as it came to him while he was tending to his animals and crops.  It’s fascinating and rare to get such an up close and personal perspective on this period of history.

7th Street Public Market‘s mission is to celebrate the food culture of the Carolinas and promote local and regional farmers, food artisans and entrepreneurs.  We could not ask for a better place to call home.

Alon’s Bakery and Market is a neighborhood mecca for artisan breads, European-style cakes, pastries and cookies in Atlanta’s Virginia-Highland and Dunwoody areas

Aqua e Vino is a boutique restaurant on Providence Road in Charlotte, NC that perfectly combines the flavors of Northern Italy with classic European accents and modern Mediterranean specialties.

Conte Restaurant Group, recognized as the 2013 International Entrepreneur of the Year, provides authentic cuisine for authentic people in Charlotte, NC. Their restaurants include Luce, Toscana and Mezzanotte – three Charlotte favorites.

Healthy Home Market Locally Owned • Locally Grown. Founders Betty & Jerry York founded Healthy Home Market in 1979. Three Charlotte area locations.

Local Loaf provides the finest freshly baked artisan breads in Charlotte, NC and is also located in the 7th Street Public Market.  Adam Spears, the chef and owner of Local Loaf, has passionately incorporated many of our products into his amazing recipes.

Olive This! is a locally-owned and operated olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting store located at The Shops at Piper Glen (near Trader Joe’s) on Rea Road in Charlotte, NC.

Paoletti’s Restaurant, located in Highlands, NC since 1984, offers fantastic regional Italian dining in an elegant, old-world atmosphere.

Passion8 is a farm-to-table American restaurant with global accents in a warmly decorated bi-level space located in the Elizabeth neighborhood of Charlotte, NC.

Pasta & Provisions, Charlotte’s family-owned Italian grocery and fresh pasta maker, located at 1528 Providence Road.

Pour Olive is a locally owned and operated gourmet oil and vinegar shop located in the heart of Charlotte’s Dilworth Neighborhood.

Reid’s Fine Foods, with two locations in Charlotte neighborhoods, provides superior meats, wines, regional provisions, locally grown produce and seasonally fresh meals & gift baskets to a very loyal customer base. Friendly service wrapped in Southern style. 

Simonetti’s Pizza and Lily’s Italian Bistro Jerry Simonetti’s two Italian restaurants west of Charlotte in Belmont and Gastonia, respectively, offer pizzas by the pie or the slice, plus pasta & Italian meals in a simple, and intimate space.

Southern Season is a premiere destination for specialty foods and products, with stores in Chapel Hill and Raleigh, NC, Charleston, SC and Richmond, VA.

Toscana & Sons Italian Market, located in Atlanta, GA, is one of the city’s prime destinations for authentic Italian specialty food products.

Village Market & Cafe is a deli, bakery and gourmet market nestled in the heart of Downtown Woodstock, outside of Atlanta, GA.

Adventures in Italy organizes and leads guided tours to discover the beautiful city of Orvieto, Italy, which is also the hometown of my ‘aunt,’ the real Zia Pia.

Nada’s Italy organizes small group and private tours to Italy that allow travelers to discover local cuisine and wines, historical sites, and take part in unique activities that will give you the experience of a lifetime.

Slow Food USA, of which we are members, links the pleasures of the table with a commitment to protect the community, culture, knowledge and environment that make this pleasure possible.

Festa Italiana Charlotte is the premier Italian festival held annually in Charlotte, NC, of which both Victoria and Zia Pia have been proud supporters and sponsors.

Lowcountry Festa Italiana hosts an annual Italian Festival in the South Carolina Lowcountry which promotes the Italian Culture and Heritage throughout the Tri-County area.

Opera Carolina‘s ‘random act of culture’ opera performance prowess was on display at our Grand Opening as is their extraordinary talent felt at every performance. My husband and I are proud to support this valuable cultural institution.

Brightflow Technologies is the amazing technology partner and provider for our website,