He studied in Milan and at the University of Pavia, where he attended the classes given by Giuseppe L. Moretti (1782–1853). He became a doctor of medicine in 1826 with a thesis entitled Tentamen mycologicum seu Amanitarum illustratio where he described 14 species of the genus Amanita.
- Monographia tuberacearum (Rusconi, Milan, 1831) - Describes 65 species, of which 51 were new.
- Descrizione dei funghi mangerecci più comuni dell'Italia e de'velenosi che possono co'medesimi confondersi (1835) - Describes 56 species, of which 15 were new.
- Monographia Lycoperdineorum (1842) - Completes his 1831 study and describes 50 species, of which 23 were new.
- Trattato sui funghi mangerecci più conosciuti e paragoni con quelli velenosi con cui possono essere confusi (1844) - Written at the request of the Italian government, which was concerned over the number of incidents of mushrooms poisonings.
- Agaricus silvicola
- Amanita echinocephala (Vittad.) Quel.
- The Shaggy parasol (Chlorophyllum rhacodes)
- Rhizopogon vulgaris
- Several species of Tuber
- Amanita vittadinii (Moretti) Vitt. is named in his honour.