About Viola Buitoni

I was born in Rome and reared in Perugia, Italy, in a family whose veins were of pasta and chocolate was the blood that ran along them. Following an idyllic upbringing in a family estate immersed in a life that moved to the clock of seasonal food, I moved to New York City in 1985 for a business degree. Soon after school, I found myself drawn back into the genetic and ingrained passion for food. After a few years honing skills in professional kitchens, I poured my passion into a catering kitchen and fine foods shop in the heart of NY's Madison Avenue. When I sold the shop, I followed my heart to San Francisco to start a family with my longtime love. http://www.violasitaly.com/

Where I Eat

Behind the Scenes

"My version of finger food baked mussels filled with breadcrumbs, pecorino and tiny tomatoes."
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"Bottarga class @civickitchensf tonight was fun and delicious. Twelve students, five different kinds of bottarga, six dishes. First photo is the bounty, second a student proudly holding her dish-handmade gnocchi with bottarga and clams, third a pork loin roast with artichokes and bottarga #italybyingredient #violasitaliankitchen #cookingclasses"
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From My Menu