Casa Visco Sauces
Being 100% Italian and with most of my family having grown up in Italy, I’m upfront in admitting that I am a bit of a spaghetti sauce snob. In all honesty, I had never eaten jarred sauce until my early 20’s and typically I don’t like most because they are too sweet or don’t use quality ingredients. However, for those instances when you don’t have time to make your own, I’ve been searching for a legit sauce that doesn’t have a pound of sugar or unrecognizable ingredients.
Casa Visco is a national manufacturer of pizza and pasta sauces. It started 70 years ago when Carmella and Joseph Viscusi began as wholesale grocers in Schenectady, NY. They sold grocery staples like flour, tomatoes and cheeses. Carmella, like many Italians, picked tomatoes from her garden and gave out her sauce as gifts to friends, neighbors and customers who always asked for more to purchase. Working out of the basement of their home, the couple started bottling and selling Carmella’s homemade spaghetti sauce to their grocery customers.
I was introduced to Casa Visco’s sauces at the Newport Mansions Wine and Food show where the team was making creative pizzas and presenting their line of sauces.
Shortly thereafter, the company contacted me and I received a sample of their “Sensational Six” package of sauces to try. The package included three jars of their “Awesome Sauce,” both the original and global spice flavors, and three jars of their pizza sauce.
I was pleased to notice that Casa Visco’s sauces use all natural ingredients with no added salt or sugar. Before you open the jar, you’ll notice the bright color of the tomatoes and there’s plenty of real onion and garlic flavor from the real thing instead of using powered dried spices.
While the company is a national manufacturer, its sauces are not mass-produced. They are slow cooked in small batches to ensure the original flavors. But the “proof of the pudding, or sauce, is in the eating.” Here’s how we tasted the sauces:
I warmed the pizza sauce and used it for dipping my family’s homemade focaccia bread, which I sliced in sticks. The sauce was a nice compliment to the bread.
I used the original flavored pasta sauce as a topping for homemade chicken cutlets. The sauce was rich and flavorful.
The original flavored pasta sauce became part of an Italian meatloaf that I made for dinner with friends. The recipe calls for topping the meatloaf with marinara sauce and allowing it to bake in. When serving the meatloaf, I warmed some original and the global spice flavored sauces for guests to add to their slice. The guys loved the heat in the global spice sauce. It comes from Korean pepper powder, sirichi from China and Japanese soy sauce. It’s an interesting Asian combination that rounds out this Italian spicy sauce.
Casa Visco’s sauces come in a variety of flavors. You can purchase Casa Visco’s sauces either online, on their website or Amazon, or at grocery stores nationwide. You can find out the grocery stores in your area that carry the sauce using the product locator on their website.
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Disclaimer: While I was provided with a complimentary sample of Casa Visco’s sauces, the opinions and views expressed above are my own and describe my personal experience.