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