ZEST OF ITALY REIMAGINED

For food professionals

Zest of Italy is now the go-to destination for culinary professionals when it comes to Italian food, wine artisans and culture.

EXPLORE ZEST OF ITALY

For leisure travelers

The Genuine Experience is our new brand for travelers seeking an authentic Italian food and cultural experience.

Visit the genuine experience
ZEST OF ITALY REIMAGINED

For food professionals

Zest of Italy is now the go-to destination for culinary professionals when it comes to Italian food, wine artisans and culture.

EXPLORE ZEST OF ITALY

For leisure travelers

The Genuine Experience is our new brand for travelers seeking an authentic Italian food and cultural experience.

Visit the genuine experience

Infuse the Italian Spirit into
your Food Business and
Professional Life

Draw inspiration, deepen your knowledge from Zest of Italy’s culinary expeditions and prestigious bespoke journeys. Bring your ideas to fruition with our sourcing and consulting services.

Infuse the Italian Spirit into
your Food Business and
Professional Life

Draw inspiration, deepen your knowledge from Zest of Italy’s culinary expeditions and prestigious bespoke journeys. Bring your ideas to fruition with our sourcing and consulting services.

INTRODUCING OUR

CULINARY EXPEDITIONS

Join our inspirational journeys across Italy featuring master artisans and Chefs. Learn, connect, and expand your horizons.

INTRODUCING OUR

CULINARY EXPEDITIONS

Join our inspirational journeys across Italy featuring master artisans and Chefs. Learn, connect, and expand your horizons.

Our fixed-date signature expeditions are itineraries geared toward small groups of professionals covering diverse themes of Italian food and wine culture.

Discover traditional foodways and contemporary techniques. Meet Artisans and Chefs from our extensive network. Learn their methods, hear their stories, draw inspiration.

For Cooks, Restaurateurs, Chefs, Food Retailers and Writers.

  • Apulia, Campania, Calabria, Sicily

    Feb 14 - 20, 2022

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  • Lombardy, Tuscany, Abruzzo, Apulia

    Mar 8 - 15, 2022

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  • Lazio, Abruzzo

    Apr 28 - May 4, 2022

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BESPOKE TRAVEL FOR PROFESSIONALS

Get depth and access to
Italian food and wine artisans your way.

BESPOKE TRAVEL FOR PROFESSIONALS

Get depth and access to
Italian food and wine artisans your way.

We craft dedicated bespoke journeys handpicking chefs, food artisans, and vintners across Italy to address your needs. We share our know-how on the trip and help foster new relationships with the masters you encounter.

For Hospitality Groups, Chefs, Importers, and Food Media.

Michael Mina

“As a chef and someone who’s traveled a lot, I’ve done many culinary tours over the years, but never, in my entire life, have I had an experience like I did with Zest of Italy.”

—Michael Mina, Mina Group, San Francisco

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INTRODUCING OUR

SOURCING AND CONSULTING SERVICES

Infuse traditional Italian food and wine culture into your business with our hands-on services. Put your ideas to work.

INTRODUCING OUR

SOURCING AND CONSULTING SERVICES

Infuse traditional Italian food and wine culture into your business with our hands-on services. Put your ideas to work.

We help execute your vision or new ideas from your food journey with us, at your place of business. Offer unique artisanal food products from your outlets, infuse Italian traditions into your kitchen, add more zest to your restaurant menu, tell new stories to your customers.

For Importers, Entrepreneurs, Restaurateurs, Chefs and F&B Professionals.

Michael Mina

“Livio has done fabulous work selecting food products and master artisans for the needs of my outlets… reviving my business in NY…”

—Eli Zabar, New York

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About Zest of Italy

Meet Livio, head of Zest of Italy and its co-founder, with his wife, Kathrin. Your go-to person for Italian food and wine artisans and culture.

For the last 15 years, he has inspired food entrepreneurs, award-winning Chefs, and specialist retailers.

With his hands-on approach and thanks to a growing network of food artisans and chefs across Italy, he has consistently delivered excellence and results to the kitchens, dining rooms, and high-end retail outlets of top food and wine professionals in some of the most competitive markets.

Michael Mina

“Over the years we’ve taken many research trips to Italy but the depth and connections we were able to access with Livio were far better than those we’ve ever been able to make on our own … I can’t wait to plan another trip with Zest of Italy!”

—Craig Stoll, Delfina Group, San Francisco

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