Lydia Bugatti’s career as a chef and restaurant owner began with an early love and appreciation of food and wine instilled by two grandmothers, one Italian and one Russian who grew up in Japan. The main lesson from this multi-ethnic influence is that food needs to be fresh and of high quality. This is the standard she sets for her distributors. Bugatti’s first restaurant, established 16 years ago, is Ristorante Bugatti’s in West Linn, Ore., near Portland. She was “killing” her ...

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