Louisa Foods is very pleased to announce our new Director of Culinary, Chef Paolo Pittia. He comes to us with an extensive background in professional foodservice. Chef Paolo grew up in the city of Udine, in Italy. His love of cooking began while helping his mother in their kitchen at home. From this inspiration he attended culinary school and began working in the kitchens of local restaurants and eventually taking a position with the acclaimed Boschetti restaurant in nearby Tricesimo. It was there that he met Piero Selvaggio, owner of the renowned Valentino restaurants, based in California and Las Vegas. This connection led Paolo to the U.S. Most of Paolo’s time in the U.S. has been spent in Las Vegas, finally as Executive Chef at Fiamma Trattoria, located in the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. During this time, Paolo was awarded by Academia Barilla as a Master Chef of Italian Cuisine (ICMC). With experience in restaurants and casinos, Paolo eventually transferred to St. Louis, Missouri, his wife’s hometown. Here in St. Louis, Paolo was Executive Chef for the highly rated Cibare restaurant located on the premises of River City Casino. It was at Cibare that Paolo discovered Louisa Foods’ line of filled pasta. His appreciation of quality and the passion he puts in his dishes were a good match with Louisa’s passion for innovative pasta and appetizers. We are looking forward to the fresh perspective Paolo will bring as weendeavor to provide creative solutions for our customers.