Our Story

My Family is originally from Naples, Italy. After World War II my grandparents Anna and Louis immigrated to a small town in Northern Minnesota. My grandmother Anna loved to cook and missed the food from her home so much that she opened a small Italian Restaurant called the Woodland Inn. Her great Italian cooking skills and a commercial kitchen (provided by my Grandfather Louis) gave way to quite the culinary experience which was enjoyed by so many. I came along two generations later and fortunately, was able to spend most of my childhood with my grandmother at her restaurant. I learned so much about fresh, homemade, authentic Italian fare… watching and doing what my grandmother Anna Loved. One of the things I remember the most was seeing my Grandmother Anna prepare her homemade sauce. She used only the freshest of herbs and vegetables, along with sun ripened tomatoes. The scent of her homemade pasta sauce was unforgettable. Fresh Basil, Oregano, Thyme, Garlic simmered to sweet perfection. She used it for lasagna, pizza, all sorts of pasta, it complimented any dish. People drove for miles just to enjoy a fresh batch, because Anna’s sauce was best!

Today I have re-created this special and slow food experience. I continue to hand select only the freshest ingredients, adding no artificial flavors or preservatives for every jar of sauce I prepare. Each batch is simmered for over ten hours to bring you the same homemade slow cooked flavor that I, and so many others have enjoyed. Use it to top spaghetti, layer lasagna, brush across a pizza pie, or dunk with crusty bread. Whatever you do, please enjoy this fresh, homemade, slow cooked, gourmet Italian sauce… from my family’s home to yours, buon appetito!

~Cook Well, Cook Slow, Cook Often, and always enjoy!