Featuring Joey Pantoliano cooking with PÈPE & PANTS Pasta Sauce
Cari Amici (Dear Friends),
As you all may know, I am always working on a lot of new ideas in my laboratorio (kitchen laboratory). Of course, all of my “brainstorms” are food and wine related, so this newsletter may come as no surprise.
Over the years at Little Napoli, my Italian Bistro in Carmel-by-the-Sea, many guests have asked if I could sell or ship our pasta sauces to them. Well, as I’ve always said “it is important to listen to your customers” and recently I am in the act of making it possible to have our sauces for your home enjoyment.
But my journey into the pasta sauce business comes with a twist, as I’ve enlisted my best friend from the playgrounds of Hoboken, New Jersey to come along on this ride. Joey Pantoliano and I are both originally from Hoboken, and went to high school together in Cliffside Park, just across from Manhattan.
Joey, known as Joey Pants and an Emmy Award winning actor, was my original partner in my food ventures over twenty years ago. But even back in our youth, whether it was delivering newspapers or bussing tables in the high school cafeteria, we like to say we’ve been in business since the 60’s.
Over the years, we have supported each other in various efforts to create special projects, but PÈPE & PANTS Pasta Sauce not only pays tribute to our friendship since childhood, but also honors the traditions of our immigrant Italian grandparents.