About Accardi Foods

Antonio Accardi emigrated from Sicily to the United States in the early 1900’s, continuing his trade of blending and packing olive oil, in the North End of Boston. In 1942 John DeVirgilio married into the Accardi family and joined his father-in-law in the growing Accardi Company as a salesperson.

Antonio Accardi passed away at an early age, and John DeVirgilio stepped into the position of running the family business successfully, until the Boston Redevelopment Authority took over the property on Commercial Street in 1962. Although it was a difficult decision, John decided to close the family business, and he began a sales career within the food industry for another

In 1972 John DeVirgilio and his son, Anthony, founded a food distribution enterprise and named it John Accardi & Co., carrying on the legacy that Antonio Accardi had begun many years before. Initially focusing on selling retail products to the many Italian grocers in the Greater Boston Area, the product mix soon grew to include the best-known brands from Italy. Accardi & Co. began to service restaurants.

John DeVirgilio Jr. joined the company soon after, following in his father’s footsteps, focusing on sales. Marie Cooke soon joined her father and brothers, handling all aspects of office management. The newly named John Accardi & Sons was fast becoming a dominant force as the master importer in New England for the most prestigious brands from Italy.

Over the years, as Accardi grew from a small operation of only 2 people, to one of the largest specialty food distributors in New England, the primary focus has been to maintain a superior level of quality products and service. At the 75,000 square foot warehouse and office facility in Medford, over 3000 products are inventoried and 60 employees work together everyday to ensure that our customers receive the service they have grown to expect. The test kitchen, used to sample new products, has been host to many local chefs that have enjoyed captive audiences as they demonstrate their skills.

We are committed to providing our customers with quick delivery and product reliability as we continue to service the many fine restaurants, caterers, specialty food stores, and supermarkets of New England.