We are proud to recognize the many family, friends and partners that support Zia Pia 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.

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

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 and Via Roma – Charlotte favorites for great Italian food.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Tuscan Vineyard Tours is offering a sommelier-led trip to Sicily. Experience Sicily's wine country in a very small group tour with top-notch accommodations.

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