When I was a young boy, you would find
Salimeni's tomato sauce simmering for hours each Sunday
morning, filling our house with it's heart-warming aroma.
The afternoon would find the family visiting Grandmother,
and I would be enjoying meatballs for the second time that
When I was old enough, I made Italian sausage with my
father and uncles. To me, being allowed to join in this
generations' old tradition marked my passage from boyhood to
becoming a man. Now I was old enough to listen to the men
and their stories, to celebrate life with them with a glass
of my uncle's wine or my father's hard cider.
And so, our holidays and celebrations always found the
family around the kitchen table - eating, talking and
enjoying the moment for what it was - living well! I'll
never forget exploring my grandpa's old wine cellar, or
picking the Concord Grapes he planted just for me.
Rooco's Italian Cafe is a celebration of my family
memories, recipes and friendship and sharing them with you
brings me great joy! I hope you enjoy our family recipes as
much as I do...
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