- Bosa Foods
Founded in 1957 by Augusto Bosa, BOSA Foods is an importer of Italian specialty food products servicing the Vancouver region. Having recognized a need for traditional Italian food in the lower mainland, Augusto Bosa began his journey in the 1940s by importing Italian specialty food into Powell River where there were a large number of Italian immigrants working in the mines and the lumber and pulp mills. Having access to these food products was reminiscent of home and enabled Italian immigrants to develop a sense of community, which inspired signore Bosa to create BOSA Foods as a means of “bring[ing] true Italian cuisine to your table.” In 2006, the Bosa family built a distribution centre and flagship retail store in an effort to expand business operations and supply the growing demand. With over 7000 SKU’s of specialty products, BOSA Foods carries a wide selection of premium-quality Italian and Mediterranean food products such as Italissimo organic tomatoes, specialty pastas, buffalo mozzarella, and Parmigiano Reggiano. BOSA Foods also takes pride in its customer service and supplies some of the best fine dining restaurants, single and multi-unit retailers, manufacturers, and foodservice operations within North America.
- La Grotta del Formaggio
La Grotta Del Formaggio was originally founded by the Bruzzese family in 1977 as a small Italian Deli and it is situated in the heart of Vancouver’s “Little Italy.” For many years, it has supplied Vancouverites with high-quality foods from across the Mediterranean. In 2005, Domenico Bruzzese took control of the business operations and expanded the small Commercial Drive store into a large specialty food wholesaler. Drawing inspiration from his cultural heritage and culinary background, his vision with the business was to share the experience of Italian cuisine. La Grotta Del Formaggio wholesale is now an established distributor, importer and broker of local and imported culinary products. It carries a vast selection of traditional Italian food products and specializes in fine olive oils, organic pastas and cheeses such as Taleggio, Parmigiano Reggiano, and Fontina Valdostana.
- Cioffi’s Group
Cioffi’s Meat Market & Deli was founded in 1990 by Antonio Cioffi and his son Rino. It is widely celebrated for offering the best in Italian specialty cold-cuts, cheeses, and fresh butchered meats. Over the last decade, Rino and his younger brother Sergio have expanded the business operations to include wholesale, catering and take-out, in keeping with their commitment to offer the highest quality local and European foods. Their focus is on fresh, local, natural, & handmade foods using only the best products they can find and their specialty is local, free range and organic meats butchered to order. Cioffi’s Wholesale division supplies many of the top restaurants in Vancouver and they’ve expanded their market by offering catering services through their Cucina division. With Rino and Sergio behind the scenes, Cioffi’s will continue to live by their motto “Mangia Bee, Vive Bene; Eat Well, Live Well” and provide their guests with an authentic Italian experience.
- Renzullo Food Market
The Renzullo Food Market was founded by Carmello Renzullo in 1964. It is a family-owned business and has been in operation for over 50 years. It is a one-stop shop for Italian food and it has a large selection of imported products such as San Remo tomatoes, marinated vegetables, high-quality olive oils including Sasso Olive Oil, specialty balsamic vinegars, De Cecco pastas and much more.
- Tosi & Company
Tosi & Company was founded by Peter Tosi in 1906 and it is currently being operated by his son Angelo. It is the oldest Italian Food Specialist and Importer in British Columbia and has been serving Vancouver, Burnaby and the lower mainland for over a century. Tosi & Company carries many Italian speciality products and it has a large unparalleled selection of Pastas, including whole wheat pasta, Risottos, Polenta, Balsamic Vinegars and Olive oils, olives, anchovies, a variety of traditional Italian and Canadian cheeses, and salamis. Some of its speciality items are Tiger Brand olive oil and a selection of Sagra Extra Virgin olive oils, organic Parmesan from Parma and Tuscany, super-flavourful canned tomatoes from Naples, and vegetable seeds.