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    For the past six years I have lived in the United States - although I was born in Italy. I grew up in the Northern Italian city of Trento and, as much as I love it here, that will always be my home. When I think about my life in Italy, what often comes to mind is the pleasure of sitting around the table with my family my mother and father as well as my brother, Emanuele, and my sister, Francesca. The celebration of food and family is such an important part of Italian culture. Growing up, we were fortunate because my father, Giancarlo, scoured the Italian countryside to find the finest regional Italian products for his food distribution business, Alimentitalia, which means simply food from Italy. Therefore, not only were we immersed in the traditional cooking of our Trentino-Alto Adige region, we were also exposed to foods from all throughout Italy. Eventually, all three Lapiana children joined my fathers business to carry on the family tradition of helping people experience Italian culture through the many wonderful foods from each region. Emanuele works with my father in Italy to run our European and Asian businesses. Francesca is based with me in Oakland, California, where we run our U.S.-based business, Italian Foods Corporation.