Imported and Specialty Foods for Food Service

Serving Restaurants, Bakeries, Chocolatiers, & Pastry Shops of All Sizes

Specialty Foods Importer and Distributor

Great Ciao proudly supplies unique, high quality ingredients to restaurants, caterers, pizzerias, bakeries, chocolatiers, ice cream producers, stadiums and other food service businesses here in Minnesota and around the country.    

Become a customer

Expand your food service assortment of high quality imported and specialty foods and ingredients.  Join our family of specialty bakeries, confectioners, grocers and restaurants.


Artisan and farmstead cheeses from around the world for every entrée, cheese course, or house cheese board.  


From field to jar or can within hours of harvesting, we choose our vegetables for their fresh flavor, texture, and balance.


We choose pasta crafted with carefully grown and selected grains, cut with traditional bronze dies, then slowly air-dried over days, not hours.


We specialize in the chocolate that pastry chefs and chocolatiers like best. We offer an intense and diversified range of couverture and pure cocoa based products.

Oil and Vinegar

Our expansive variety includes authentic aged Balsamic Vinegars of Modena including our own Great Ciao proprietary blend, Wine and Fruit vinegars, Extra Virgin Olive Oils, Nut oils and Cooking oils.

Fish and Seafood

Fish and seafood preserved using the finest ingredients, from Bonito to Boquerones and Bottarga.

Pastry, Purees and More

Varied and unique professional grade ingredients for unique pastry creations, molecular gastronomy, ice creams, gelatos, and baked goods.


Fresh and preserved meats from around the globe using quality, heritage breed meats from small producers that employ traditional methods in modern settings. 

Beans and Grains

A variety of dried beans, legumes, and grains, estate grown where possible for the best flavor and texture.

Specialty Foods

Some of our house favorites reside in this category of specialty foods from beautiful and delicious confections, specialty jams, honeys, and savory olives.