Adriano Piazza



University of Gastronomic Sciences, Pollenzo, Italy

Bachelor of Gastronomic Sciences                                                                                        March 2016

Thesis:                 “Gastromy in Italy and American Fast Food: History, Reality, and Future”

High Grades:      Food Advertising (30/30); Food-Service Systems and Technology; History of Cuisine and Wine (30/30); Wine-tasting techniques (28/30); Philosophy and Semiotics of Food (28/30); Nutrition and Dietetics (28/30); Gastronomic Systems Management (27/30)

Activities:            Large-scale Trade Seminar (2015); Italian Alcoholic Beverages Seminar (2015); Law and Economics of Food Class (2015); Extra-virgin Olive Oil Tasting Course (2013)


Taste of Claremont                                                                                                                      Claremont, Ca

Volunteer                                                                                                                                        April 30, 2015

Promoted Hangar 24 beer at the event                                                                                             

Carpigiani                                                                                                          Anzola dell’Emilia, Italy

Visiting Student                                                                                                              October 18, 2014

Toured the gelato factory; attended a workshop on the production, distribution, and future developments; learned how to make gelato using Carpigiani technology.


Fratelli Carli                                                                                                                    Imperia, Italy

Visiting student                                                                                                      10-12 February, 2014

Toured the extra virgin olive oil processing factory, the olive grove, and attended workshop about high quality olive oil marketing, distribution, and regulation.


Ferrero                                                                                                                                Alba, Italy

Visiting Student                                                                                                     February 19-20, 2014

Toured the chocolate processing factory, attended workshop on chocolate quality and Ferrero’s global distribution and marketing.


Wall Street Magazine                                                                                                      June – November, 2014

Food Section contributor

Wrote articles on gastronomic topics including: wine production, regional products, and food tourism.


Barilla                                                                                                                                              Parma, Italy

Visiting Student                                                                                                                       March 04-07, 2013

Toured the durum wheat processing pasta factory; attended workshop on durum wheat quality and pasta distribution


Lavazza                                                                                                                                  Turin, Italy

Visiting Student                                                                                                                          May 13-16, 2013

Toured the coffee processing factory; attended workshop on coffee varieties tasting and analysis.



Alto Adige, Italy

Visited Forst brewery and analyzed the production and distribution of beer; visited Roner grappa distillery and analyzed the production and distribution of distilled beverages.


Turin, Italy

Visited several local bakeries that produce the most traditional type of bread and dessert of the city


Tuscany, Italy

Analyzed the impact of animal farming and the possibility to use the region’s natural geothermic energy, the region’s most commonly farmed animal, and the production of Vin Santo from local producers.


Kenya, Africa

Analyzed the feasibility of creating a local vegetables production in a climatically hostile environment through the establishment of vegetable gardens network.


Scotland, United Kingdom

Analyzed the local production of single malt Scotch whisky in several Whisky factories (e.g., Glenfiddich); met smoked salmon producers to understand perishable product’s peculiarities.


Brescia, Italy

Visited local wineries (e.g., Lazzari) to learn the area’s winemaking production and techniques.


South Korea                                                                                                    

Learned South Korean food culture and history travelling from Jeju Island to Seoul; visited several local producer Korean fermented specialties: sea ray and kimchi.



Visited several extra virgin olive oil producer and analyzed the quality of Croatian truffle in respect of the Italian one.



Visited several fishermen and fish markets along the coast of Termoli to understand the quality of the fish of the Adriatic sea in the Mediterranean.



Van Lipp & Carter, a California Corporation                                                                      Claremont, California

Import-Export & Distribution Intern                                                                         March 2015 – Present

Assist the Principal in selecting companies and creating connections to import Italian jewelry to California.


LipPlus Flora & Fauna Jewelry                                                                                          Catania, Italy

Import-Export & Distribution Intern                                                              August 2009 – March 2016

Assisted with the creation of new international distribution channels; established and maintained client relationships during industry international tradeshows; participated in the selection of new products.


D.F.A. Polizzi/Piazza Family G.P.                                                                          Claremont, California

Partner                                                                                                                    August 2012 – Present

Manage commercial and residential rental properties (leases, loans, renovations, improvements, inspections, purchases, and sales.)



Languages: Italian (native), French (conversational).

Volunteer: Interact (2011-2012); ambulance support staff (2011-2012)

Certificates: Journalistic Techniques (2010); Basic Life Support (2011); European Computer Driver License (2012); NASE Open Water Diver (2014)

Interest: traveling, fishing, target shooting, swimming