About Us

Zia Pia is a boutique importer specializing in fine, authentic regional Italian foods. 

Our Italian food suppliers are non-industrial, typically smaller, family-owned producers who have been using the same, traditional methods for centuries, combining those values with modern innovation and, creativity and ingenuity to create superior quality products, beautiful on the inside and out.

Named for Aunt, or “Zia”, Pia Custodi in Orvieto, Italy, as extraordinary a person as she was a cook, Zia Pia imports aims to embody the traditional and old-world values she held dear: simplicity, care and quality of ingredients.

These are the best Italian foods from exceptional suppliers. Think artisanal, durum wheat semolina pastas from Italy’s most prestigious manufacturers, authentic egg pasta from Campofilone, organic jarred tomatoes grown under the Apulian sun and authentic San Marzano tomatoes, organic Modica chocolate, fine extra-virgin olive oils from Umbria, Tuscany and Puglia, balsamic vinegars from Modena… and more.

We hope you enjoy our selection. We continue to find new products, so subscribe to our mailing list to catch the latest updates.

Zia Pia serves fine specialty and food stores and restaurants, and welcomes you to our retail location and kitchen at the 7th Street Public Market in Charlotte, where we prepare food using these ingredients every day in our kitchen. We look forward to sharing them with you. Buon appetito!



Victoria Custodi Zabel

Victoria is half-Italian and grew up appreciating the pure, clean flavors of simple, authentic foods. Zia Pia is the result of the combination of her greatest passions and interests: authentic, quality foods (especially eating them), Italian language and culture, travel and business. She believes in the nutritional and cultural value of these foods, the pleasures they bring and way of life they represent. It's a way to honor the memory of her beloved Zia Pia from Orvieto, who was a continuous source of inspiration in the kitchen and in life.

Suzanne Skelton, Chef and Manager

Suzanne is from Georgia where her love of food and cooking was inspired by watching her grandmother make biscuits from scratch. She first pursued a career in medicine but found she could not resist the pull of the kitchen and graduated from Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte, NC. She loves all types of cuisine and finds inspiration across all tradition, though she may have a special fondness for Southern (her roots) and Italian (what she gets to do every day).

Our Team

Left to right: Robbie Shin, Line Cook;  Kory Crane, FOH + Operations; Kenny Bauman, Warehouse + Logistics; Deiondre Pelton, Line Cook; Julia Ayers, Lead Line Cook; Suzanne and Victoria