Rita Venturino's love of all things Italian began early in her
life. Rita experienced her family's history through her
mother's home-cooked Italian meals - from the time she was old
enough to eat solid food. Her Italian heritage encompassed both
Romano and Sicilian traditions. In addition, her many years of
foodservice background with the H. J. Heinz Company helped enhance
her love of cooking.
At a young
age, Rita began to test her mother's recipes. She remembers
spending summers cooking and baking while others played outside.
That was Rita's first hint that cooking and baking wasn't
just her pastime. Making all her recipes from scratch, Rita
believes that cooking and food is "the way we express ourselves as
human beings." Food simmers good conversation!
favorite Italian dinner is manicotti and braciole--adding focaccia
bread, salad and red wine makes this meal complete. Most
dinners don't stop there - Rita loves to finish a meal on a high
note with desserts of all kinds.
a way of expressing myself and bringing friends together.".
I hope my teaching brings the same reward to others that I
find in cooking and baking."
"With a contented stomach, your heart is forgiving;
empty stomach, you forgive nothing."