Lorenzo Scarpone

02/19/13 | by admin |

Lorenzo Scarpone is a native of the Abruzzi region in central Italy. Raised on a farm where his family produced their own food and grew their own grapes to make wine, Lorenzo was introduced to the importance of culinary and wine-making traditions at a very young age. From his earliest farming experiences with his father Vincenzo, he is a staunch advocate of small-scale, sustainable agriculture and hands-on artisan winemaking. This environment nurtured his passion for food and wine and inspired Villa Italia, as well as compelling him to be an early leader of the Slow Food movement, opening San Francisco’s first “convivium” in 1990.