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Master of Stone/Tile

Joe Pieri

Photographed by Greg Miles

Pieri Tile & Marble Co

Joe Pieri is a prime example of what a “master” of his craft should be – someone who honed his skills over many years in order to offer the best of the best. In 1956, Pieri left his home in the Abbruzzi region of Italy and came to New Orleans. He spoke no English and had no money. With an interest in stonework and some previous experience, he found a job working with tile and stone, while learning English at night. He opened his own business in 1967 and says he’s been learning and updating himself on the latest techniques ever since.  As principle of the business, Pieri Tile & Marble, he works with his daughter, Dina Pieri Chavalier, and with their junior associate Laura Hobbs. “New Orleans is an older city with established homes, which need the old world craftsmanship that we bring to the table,” says Pieri, whose current projects include bathrooms, kitchens, patios and pool coping.  “Coming to New Orleans has been good for me and I try to give my best back to New Orleans.”

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