Our History

I am deeply inspired by my father Leonard, although he passed at 99 years old he was the patriarch of the family, and my mother Norma, the quintessential Italian mother. Now that my mom is 99 even though she doesn't cook anymore I've learned how to prepare all of her favorite dishes. Homemade pasta, risottos, sauces and desserts.  We are convinced that no one ate better than my father. My mother proudly accepts all the credit for his longevity, though good genes surely played a role!

Extra virgin olive oil is the foundation of most northern Italian dishes, and it’s no coincidence that this beautiful country also boasts one of the planet’s greatest life expectancy rates. Numerous studies have revealed the benefits of olive oil as an integral part of a Mediterranean diet. As first generation Italians and San Francisco Bay Area residents, my parents instilled in us that “breaking bread” with family and friends is the pinnacle of a life well spent!  Sunday dinners are a weekly occurrence at my mom's house and they embody the life she has always lived!

As Norma would recommend, pour a glass of Prosecco, gather friends and family around the table, and enjoy! While you’re at it experience our oils and aged balsamic vinegar. Bon Appetito!

Judi Ratto