THE RAGÚ
STORY

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 stayed true to her upbringing and literally put down roots with her husband, Giovanni, planting her own backyard garden that would ultimately put her fresh tomato sauce and inspired meals on the map.
1937

THE GREAT DEPRESSION

In 1937, Giovanni and Assunta set out to support their family and began selling homemade spaghetti 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, spreading their 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 became a staple across U.S. dinner tables. An Italian tradition turned American classic, topping plates coast-to-coast to create 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

TODAY

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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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, you can still enjoy a sauce rooted in its heritage and always simmered in tradition.
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