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Northeast · Italy · Food

Pilar Rigon & Bernardo Notargiacomo

Founder of Mille Nonne

"Being an immigrant business owner presents a double challenge: becoming part of a new environment, with different sets of values and rules, while doing your best to succeed with your business. Accepting these difficulties makes you feel capable of doing whatever it takes to reach your goals, and literally blessed to be part of the most diverse, multicultural place on earth."

— Pilar Rigon & Bernardo Notargiacomo, co-founders of Mille Nonne View Website

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Throughout its history and into today, Essex Market’s affordable and speciality offerings come from across the globe—from Caribbean-imported green bananas and yucca, to spices from Morocco and traditional fare from Italy, Japan, and more. The market continues to be a place where immigrant entrepreneurs can share their culture and talent through food and speciality products, even as the neighborhood changes.