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The Eternal Italian American Debate: ‘Gravy’ or ‘Sauce’

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In the first chapter of her excellent and enjoyable book “Gravy Wars,” Lorraine Ranalli states that the term gravy is “unique” to South Philly Italians. By “gravy” she means what most people call “sauce” — that tomato-ey stuff that goes on pasta. I met Lorraine a few years ago when she was at a reading with Lisa Cappuccio. I told her that up here in the North End, we — at least some of us – called it gravy too. She was surprised – just as I was surprised that she thought the word gravy was only used by Italian ...

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Sauces ‘n Love Founder Paolo Volpati-Kedra Talks of Past and Future

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When Paolo Volpati-Kedra first came to Boston in 1993 to study Economics, little did he know that 20 years later he would be running one of the state’s most successful pasta sauce companies. The founder and president of Sauces ’n Love hails from Monza, near Milan, and is proud to show visitors his Lynn-based facility, where three separate lines of production work on sauces ranging from Marinara to Alfredo, as well as pesto. “We recently were certified to produce kosher and organic foods,” says the 40-year-old entrepreneur. Volpati-Kedra has come a long way since starting the company in 2000. The ...

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You say tomato, I say “tomahto”… Either way, it’s time to jar!

Making tomato sauce in East Boston - Photos ©Lisa Cappuccio - http://everyonewantstobeitalian.wordpress.com/

It's time to make tomato sauce... in East Boston! A tradition that is still very strong in Italy is just as strong on this of the ocean.

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