“There are only two types of people in the world: Italians and those who
want to be Italian.” I was born one of the lucky ones.
My grandparents were from the towns of Mozzano and Aquasanta
(paternal) in the Marches region of Italy. They were poor, hardworking
farmers who migrated to this country early in the 20th century seeking a
better life. They settled in coal mining towns in western Pennsylvania near
Pittsburgh. Although we were impoverished, my parents imbued me with
the ambition to succeed in America by taking advantage of the education
they were unable to complete. After medical school, I settled in north San
Diego county (Fallbrook) in 1970 and built a family run commercial winery
in Temecula. I planted olive trees and eventually created a unique a blend
of olive oil reminiscent of that from central Italy.
My mother was an extraordinary cook who used family recipes, many
were centuries old. From an early age I developed a passion for
winemaking, canning, cooking and a fervent desire to continue our family
My wife, Jeanell, and I are offering you the opportunity to embrace our
passion for the Italian food experience. We will do this by sharing our olive
oil, the pasta imported from Marche, our estate bottled, barrel aged wine
vinegar and the traditional family recipes. We will feature an authentic
recipe each month and welcome your questions.