80 Years of Tradition

1914

IT ALL STARTED IN ITALY

In 1914, Assunta Cantisano left Italy from the port of Naples, bound for America with little more than her family’s pasta sauce recipe to her name.

THEY SETTLED IN ROCHESTER, NY

Assunta and Giovanni stayed true to their Italian upbringing and put down their roots - literally. Their own backyard garden would ultimately inspire their fresh tomato sauce and delicious meals, planting the humble beginnings of RAGÚ.
1937

THE GREAT DEPRESSION

In 1937, Giovanni and Assunta set out to support their family and began selling homemade tomato sauce right from their front porch.
'40s

THE 1940s

By 1946, the Cantisanos outgrew their kitchen and opened the first RAGÚ factory in Rochester, NY to better meet the demands for their delicious combination of vine-ripened tomatoes and flavorful herbs.

THE COMPANY GREW

And so did their commitment to the highest standards of quality for every single batch of fresh tomato sauce.
'50s

THE ’50s

The iconic gondola was added to RAGÚ packaging as the brand continued to grow.
'60s

THE ’60s

RAGÚ sauce quickly became a centerpiece on family dinner tables across the United States. An Italian tradition turned American classic, this sauce was simmering from coast-to-coast as a staple in some of America’s most popular recipes.
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'70s

THE ’70s

With two words, the RAGÚ brand defined an entire generation of home cooking. Our "That's Italian" TV commercials are still a classic reminder of our heritage.
'90s

THE ’90s

Perfecting our Classic Alfredo recipe, RAGÚ packaged and sold the first nationally distributed white sauce in 1998.
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2016

RAGÚ HOMESTYLE SAUCES

With the introduction of RAGÚ Homestyle Sauces, we crafted a thicker, heartier experience that serves as an ode to our family tradition and makes the perfect topping for yours.
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2017

80 YEARS OF TRADITION

For our 80th anniversary, we’re celebrating a legacy of bringing authentic flavors to the table. And with heartier RAGÚ Homestyle Sauces, the tradition continues.

ENJOY THE STORIED TASTE OF

A SAUCE SIMMERED IN TRADITION

From that first jar sold from the Cantisano’s front porch in 1937 to the one in your pantry, RAGÚ has been a household staple for 80 years. Today, you can still enjoy the sauce that’s simmered in tradition.
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