1957, an Italian immigrant named John Nitti made his dream a reality
by opening an Italian grocery store. It was a modest little
storefront in the heart of Chicago. But from small things, great
things come. As he shared a taste of Italy with his family, friends
and neighbors, word spread quickly about his wonderful store and his
customers clamored for more. His products enabled the whole
neighborhood - and beyond - to experience uniquely authentic Italian
products lovingly made by Italian hands. Products that had a history
and a culture. This procurement of the best that Italy had to offer -
this is what John Nitti’s mission became.
and his wife moved back to Italy, traversing its diverse regions -
from Sicily to Venice and from Rome to Napoli. Fast forward thirty
years and the Nitti's hard work was finally rewarded with a new
import and distribution business that would bring the richness of
Italy's regions to the Chicagoland area. But a new company deserved a
new name and, in 1992, Isola Imports was born.
Isola Imports? Isola means “island" and each region of Italy
has its own identity with distinctive flavors and products. Inspired
by Italy's rich diversity, the Nitti's embarked on a journey of
discovery to seek out artisan specialty items that would distinguish
Isola - products that would become Isola's trademark.
the family tradition continues with John’s three children - Jay,
Lisa, and Michael - who work hard to continue the Nitti tradition of
procuring only the freshest, most authentic Italian foods and
bringing them to dinner tables across Chicago and beyond.
Imports' goal is to bring the best tasting Italian gourmet foods to
its consumers. Isola wants you to feel as good about their products
as they do.
that’s the Isola difference.
seeks out the finest bakers, bread makers, pasta makers, and balsamic producers - the artisans who produce small quantities of goodness not because
they have to but because they want to. What these artisans provide is
fresh, original, natural, and delicious. And Isola will go to the
farthest corners of Italy - Puglia and beyond - to gather treasures from decadent
truffles to the most delicate of lemon ricottas or
to create "My Brother’s Olive Oil" from their own family
do all this so families everywhere can enjoy the authentic Italian
taste that is Isola Imports.