Francesco Lettieri has a passion for food. Born in Calabria and raised in Chicago, Francesco was surrounded by homemade Italian food growing up, and always had the dream of entering the gourmet food business. He moved to San Francisco in 1973 and opened a small sandwich shop, called Mr. Submarine in the Marina neighborhood.
Mr. Submarine was a success and the business quickly grew to 7 locations. In 1986 he sold the chain, and in 1988 officially opened Lettieri & Co. Francesco’s dream of importing finely crafted food and wine from Italy and around the world had been realized. Throughout the years, the company has grown in size and now carries over 75 lines of imported goods. His passion for food has not faded a bit. Francesco still travels the world, finding hidden culinary gems to bring to the shelves of your store or kitchen of your restaurant.