With a focus on Italian-made contemporary furnishings, Pancaro stocks brands such as Tacchini, Pianca, Cattelan Italia, Minotti and Poltrona Frau. Photography by Zach Stovall


From Italy with Love

Osvaldo Pancaro elevates Naples design offerings with a new showroom that trades in high-end Italian furnishings.

Like many design professionals in Southwest Florida, Osvaldo “Ozzie” Pancaro is attune to the stark shift taking place with local interior design. When he opened his first Casa Italia showroom in Estero’s Miromar Design Center, it was right around when styles were starting to evolve, he says. While most home design still followed the Mediterranean style of architecture, the interiors were becoming more streamlined and contemporary. Pancaro’s eyes were fixed on the future, with his range of sleek furnishings from brands such as Tacchini and Pianca. Now, the Casa Italia world is expanding. Pancaro, who was born in Argentina to a father whose family hails from Italy and a mother whose roots are in Spain, moved to the area after 15 years spent managing a high-end Italian furniture showroom in Fort Lauderdale. When he moved to Naples in 2006, Pancaro says the Mediterranean look was still apparent on the exteriors, but the interiors were taking more eclectic and transitional approaches. This was the perfect time for him to tap his connections with sleek brands like Cattelan Italia (and later, Minotti and Poltrona Frau), to bring the same sophisticated looks he offered on the east coast of Florida. He still goes to Italy twice a year to scope out new designs straight from the factories of his partner brands. After owning his Casa Italia showroom in Estero for years, Osvaldo “Ozzie” Pancaro debuts two n
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