We travel to Italy frequently. We have  always been disappointed when we came back and couldn’t find the same quality products here that we had there. Some products, we couldn’t get here at all. We decided that the best solution was to import these foods ourselves, so we teamed up with our good friend Chef Carlo Zarri to form CLJ Imports, LLC.

Our philosophy is simple:

We will only sell the best quality products, with no artificial ingredients, from small farmers and producers.

Proprietors, Joanne Benyo and Lu Matrascia

We started as a vendor at farmers markets. In time, we discovered that our customers craved a shop where they could stop in whenever they wanted, have a chat about Italian foods and culture, and taste some of our foods before making a purchase.

Nonna Elena – Un Negozio Italiano opened the day after Thanksgiving 2014 and we’ve been growing ever since. The original Nonna Elena was Chef Carlo’s grandmother, and a rather famous chef in her native region of Piemonte. In her honor, we will bring you products that we feel measure up to her exacting standards.


We continually add to our product line as our customers request new foods; so, if there is a favorite food that you absolutely have to have, stop in to have a chat we will see what we can do.


Email: Info@NonnaElenaImports.com

Chef Lu has been in the kitchen with one relative or another since childhood and studied in Venice with Fulvia Sessani. She teaches traditional Italian dishes at her home in Yarmouth Port on Cape Cod and conducts tastings of foods from Italy.

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Chef Carlo is the fourth generation of his family in the restaurant business. He has had the honor of working with Sophia Loren, Giorgio Armani and the Ferrari companies, and has led a team of chefs at six Olympics games. Chef Carlo was the Director of the American Pavilion for Expo Milano 2015.
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