Gourmet Italia was founded by Larry E. Pisoni in 1984 when he brought the finest Italian made pasta to the American military bases in Europe and the US.
After almost a twenty year experience of arranging cooking courses for Americans, mostly military, based on the benefits of the Mediterranean diet, I realized that there was a real interest in the benefits of the products of the Mediterranean diet. Therefore, in 1994 I founded Gourmet Italia, Inc. with the purpose of introducing the finest Italian food products to the American commissaries in Europe.
Over the years, I added other products: organic extra virgin olive oil from Garda Lake, organic tomato sauce from southern Italy, sea salt and other Italian specialties. Gourmet Italia selects only the finest: preferably organic foods produced by Italian family owned enterprises, who avoid artificial, chemical additives. The result gives the customers the pleasure of enjoying the authentic quality produced by Italian sun, soil and toil. From 1997 to 2010 Gourmet Italia Pasta Cafés served an average on 450 meals a day in seven American military bases located in Ramstein,Weisbaden, Wiesbaden, Vogelweh, Mannheim, Heildelberg, Patch and Lakenheath (UK). In 2012 Gourmet Italia expanded US-wide, including Alaska and Hawaii, being present in over 80 commissaries. A book and film story… actually true.
A meeting of the minds between two people born almost fifty years apart in two villages next to each other in the Valley of the Lakes (Trentino-Italy). Erica Chemolli, a young psychologist, sommelier and restauranteur, meets Larry E. Pisoni in her restaurant. Erica's fresh, enthusing energy with an entrepreneurial mind meets a mature, idealistic visionary, whose mission in life is to create a food revolution in America through the military. Larry & Erica consider themselves missionaries more than business people. The essence of our vision is to introduce only healthy, tasty, earth-friendly food produced by Italian, family operated factories, that have a tradition and passion for genuine quality.