In 1947, the Nation was celebrating the end of World War II. Some 40 years earlier, Antonino Alessi and his family immigrated from their native Sicily to come to America, the land of opportunity. Tampa, then a sleepy port town known mainly for handmade cigars, was chosen as home. At age 19, Antonino (Tony) landed a job as a salesman for a national company and quickly became one of their best.

Time went on and Tony's success continued. Always looking to the future, he realized he would be faced with a dilemma. The company he worked for had a policy that would not allow family members to be hired. Concerned with providing for the welfare of his two sons and desiring to establish an opportunity for his family to work together, Tony left the security of his career position to build Vigo Importing Company. Together with their father, sons Tony Jr. and Alfred have brought Vigo Importing Company from its humble origins to what is now a multi-million dollar corporation with national and international sales.

Vigo Importing Company remains a family business. We use only the best and freshest ingredients to produce truly unique products at economical prices. We search the world for new tastes and products and strive to bring them to you. As a result of this pursuit, the Alessi product line was born. These specialties capture the best of traditional Italian cuisine. From the sun-kissed peaks of Sicily to the northern vales of Tuscany, every facet of Italian culture can be tasted and experienced.

The Alessi label even means things that the Italians haven't thought of like White Balsamic Vinegar. It's so different that we have been granted a patent by the United States Federal Government for developing a new art. Let Alessi turn you into an Everyday Gourmet. At Vigo Importing Company, food is our business. We take it seriously and strongly feel that the quality and variety of the food you eat enriches your life. We pledge to do all we can to provide you with products of which we are proud of.

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