D'Aquino Italian Importing
1850 Business Center Dr.
Duarte, CA 91010-2901
Text the word: DAQUINO To: 72727
- Food Products
- Gift Shop
Hours of Operationjust contact Tel: (626) 359-1988 for orders
Hard work, a sense of destiny and a little luck brought Gaetano D’Aquino to Los Angeles in 1967. Today, D’Aquino ltalian Importing Company, based in Duarte, California, boasts one of the finest lines of imported wine, olive oil and food products from Italy. But this success certainly did not come easy.
Born in 1940 in Siracusa Sicily when World War II was raging in Europe, D’Aquino's parents sent the young boy to the country to stay with his grandparents for reasons of safety and security. When his parents joined him in the country four years later, they decided to start a small business selling fruit, vegetables and grocery items.
During his adolescence, D’Aquino held many jobs including construction and working in stone quarries. At age eighteen, the youth took a step that possibly changed his life forever, he migrated to Switzerland with the help of a friend who was able to provide work for him. Through hard work and a keen mind, he became successful in the field of electronics earning promotions through the years. But by age 25, D’Aquino was ready for another adventure. And it was waiting for him across the Atlantic in America.
After returning to California in 1977, D’Aquino tried his hand at selling imported food products from Italy after being in touch with food and wine producing companies from his homeland. The commercial aspects of this venture were taking shape in his mind and later that year, the D’Aquino Importing company was born.
In the 1980's, daughters Patricia and Sonia joined the family business to assist in its growth. The company began to import several products including wine, pasta and olive oil bearing the D’Aquino label. Over time, D’Aquino was able to educate the American consumer and they came to believe in his products, subsequently, many renowned American distributors began to buy large quantities from the new importing company.
The company began to purchase wines from Paterno Imports of Chicago for distribution in the local California market. These included Gancia, Barolo dell’Annunziata, Corvo Pinot Grigio Miraﬁore, Chianti of the Vignale vineyards and more.