I was born and raised in Rome, Italy.
I always knew how to cook but I really discovered my passion when I moved to the United States with my husband. At the beginning of my life in the U.S. I was a “casalinga” (homemaker). I spent a lot of time learning new recipes and a new language, while honing my cooking skills. I found that I loved cooking for people! Since moving to California in the mid 2000’s, I have been able to find extremely fresh ingredients to fine tune my sauces. So now I can finally fulfill my longtime dream to introduce my favorite tomato pasta sauce recipes to you.
It all started in September of 2007 the day my co-workers and I held a fund raiser lunch for our annual charity event at work. We ended up with a ton of leftover tomatoes. Being Italian, I could not accept the idea that they would go to waste so I offered to make some tomato sauce to make more money for our cause.
I stopped by a nearby grocery store after work and picked up some supplies. I spent that evening cooking up a batch of Onion Basil sauce. To sell it, I figured I needed to put it into sealable jars, so I looked through my cupboards and scraped together about 30 jars of all different shapes and sizes. I made up a small box of sauce jars and brought them to work the next day. They went like hotcakes and I sold out in a couple of hours. It was a good day for our charity.
The following year I was again approached by the Charity committee at work and asked to make more sauce. That year I made more Onion Basil and something new – spicy Arrabbiata. All 50 jars sold out in a single day and my coworkers wanted more. Each year I made bigger and bigger batches and stated selling them at different offices from El Segundo to Santa Barbara. By 2014 I was creating and selling almost 400 jars for charity and each year I introduced a new flavor. It was time to take the Zitto e Mangia to the next level.