the tasty sauces of Santo & Josie is a story of love, courage,
family traditions, and delicious Sicilian cooking.
in 1900, Santo Barretta was only 18 years old and dreaming of
a better life when he sailed on the Dante Alighieri from his native
Sicily to America.
family, friends, and his beloved Sicily behind, Santo endured
a long, and tiring voyage across the Atlantic to Ellis Island,
New York. Glimpsing the Statue of Liberty for the first time,
he was filled with excitement and anxiety. Santo spoke no English
and arrived all alone with only his determination and courage
to see his dream come true. Unafraid of hard work, he found a
factory job in northern Pennsylvania and settled there.
was an infant when she and her parents, Joseppe and Girolena Marchess
Frisina, immigrated to the United States in 1911. Also settling
in northern Pennsylvania, Josie's family worked hard to make a new
life in America. Josie grew into a beautiful young woman schooled
in the rich Sicilian tradition of serving fine foods to her family
was love at first sight when Santo met Josephine Frisina. True
to Sicilian family traditions, Santo was not permitted to court
Josie without the presence of her mother, Girolena, who sat strategically
between them wherever they went. But love conquers all, and Santo
married Josie Frisina on September 24, 1928 in a traditional Sicilian
ceremony. That day was the beginning of a 55-year marriage filled
with happiness and devotion.
was not easy for the young immigrants; they worked hard rearing
a family and establishing roots in their new country. Their Sicilian
traditions lived on, particularly the tradition of fine foods.
Their home was always filled with the aroma of delicious Sicilian
cooking. Friends and family enjoyed Josie's expert cooking, especially
the sweet-smelling tomato sauces always simmering on the stove.
the years, Josie's recipes were handed down and tweaked by her
son, Antonio, or Tony, as he is known to friends. Tony perfected
the sauces into today's famous Santo & Josie Gourmet Sicilian
Santo and Josie have since passed away. While they fully embraced
America and their new way of life, they left behind a legacy of
wonderful Sicilian traditions, fine food, and a loving family
determined that Santo and Josie would not be forgotten.
the company bearing their names, Santo & Josie, carries on
the dining traditions that the original Santo and Josie enjoyed.
Santo & Josie distributes Josie's delicious sauces. Their
son, Tony, presides over the company to ensure that the fine foods
produced by Santo & Josie are authentic and of the utmost
& Josie specializes in gourmet Sicilian-style sauces and foods,
bringing a real taste of Sicily to you right at home.