IL Fiorello is owned by Ann Fiorello Sievers and Mark Sievers. Ann is a third generation descendant of “The Chief,” Dominic Fiorello, who immigrated to America in the 1860′s. The Chief’s family traces its roots from Sicily and Sant’ Angelo D’alife, a village north of Naples. The Chief had a profound respect for traditional agriculture and put his knowledge of Italian methods into raising vegetables and fruit for the family, making wine for their table, and carefully saving seeds from year to year became part of his dreams for the future. Innately respectful of the soil that supported them and dedicated to good stewardship of the land, the Chief passed down a concern for healthy nutrition to his son, Raphael Fiorello, who also relied on traditional practices when providing for his family during the Depression. As Ann grew up, Raphael’s homegrown vegetables and grapes helped the family to thrive and enjoy the great pleasures of living close to the land.
Today Ann, a third generation Fiorello, continues to sustain family and friends with fruit, vegetables, preserves, and now exquisite California olive oil from the generosity of the land at their home in Green Valley and groves in Suisun Valley. With the planting of the olive grove, she and husband, Mark, along with daughters, Elisabeth and Katherine, have added their own chapter to the family saga.
From their first harvest of 6 pounds from 170 baby trees, all processed in a small hand press, Ann and Mark have dedicated their company to produce international award-winning olive oils. IL Fiorello has grown to over 3,000 trees, and a mill with the capacity to process three tons an hour. Ann and Mark mill for themselves as well as over 200 private growers. IL Fiorello is known for its single varietal oils from Italian, Spanish, French, and Greek varietals.
Come visit and watch us grow!
– Ann & Mark Sievers