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Rao’s Specialty Foods, a market leader in the Super Premium sauce category brings its branded sauces to Foodservice for its USA and International customers. Rao’s sauces are convenient, time saving, all natural, competitively priced, and are available in 90oz/ 2550g cans.
Rao’s Food Service Line includes:
Rao’s Homemade® Marinara Sauce – The simplicity of Rao’s marinara sauce makes it a common base for many great dishes. Rao’s combines Italian tomatoes with olive oil, fresh onions, garlic and basil to create an all-natural sauce that is perfect for pasta, and for preparing classic dishes with seafood, shrimp, shellfish, veal, steak, chicken, pork, and vegetables.
Rao’s Homemade® Tomato Basil Sauce – For those who prefer the taste of fresh basil, Rao’s combines its Award-Winning Marinara Sauce with fresh basil to create a versatile and flavorful sauce. The aromatic bouquet of fresh basil permeates the senses and awakens the taste buds.
Rao’s Homemade® Vodka Sauce – A velvety blend of Italian tomatoes, aged Parmiggiano Reggiano and Pecorino Romano cheeses, fresh onions and garlic, basil and vodka. Each cheese adds a different component to the sauce resulting in a sauce with a mild aroma yet complex flavor that will infuse your recipes. Mixing quality vodka with tomatoes, onions and garlic, then simmering the alcohol out, leaves you with a rich and creamy vodka sauce with no alcohol content.
Rao’s Homemade® Pizza Sauce – Vine ripened Italian plum tomatoes, cherry tomatoes and fresh vegetables, create a rich and naturally sweet sauce. more...
Italian Food enjoys an excellent reputation in kitchens worldwide. New York based Rao’s Specialty Foods, Inc. has shaped the face of Italian Cuisine in the USA and is now poised to conquer the international markets.
The history of Rao’s Specialty Foods, Inc. dates back as far as 1896, when Mr. Charles Rao laid the foundation stone for the enterprise by establishing a small saloon in New York City. More than a century later, the business continues to remain in the hands of the Rao family.
Sharon Straci, Rao’s Partner and Executive Operating Officer, is responsible for defining and implementing Rao’s Specialty Foods' product strategy and business development worldwide. Sharon heads a team of 16 dedicated members of staff, all of whom refer to Sharon as, "The Woman Behind The Sauce®," and who contribute their unique know-how for the benefit of the entire enterprise.
Rao’s has also developed a range of products for the retail trade. The portfolio is made up of 14 different sauce varieties. Rao’s Specialty Foods' sauces are made from natural ingredients such as Italian plum tomatoes and fresh vegetables. The range of sauces includes: New Artichoke Sauce made with fresh Italian artichokes, New Roasted Garlic Sauce made with aromatic, caramelized garlic, New Rao’s 4 Cheese Sauce, a smooth blend of four classic Italian cheeses, Rao’s Pizza Sauce made with Italian cherry tomatoes, and Rao’s famous Marinara Sauce, a traditional slow-simmered tomato sauce , Rao’s Sensitive Formula Marinara Sauce, which is formulated without onions or garlic for those with sensitive digestive systems, Rao’s Tomato Basil Sauce made with fresh basil, and Rao’s Vodka Sauce, made with Parmesan and Romano cheeses and vodka.
The selection also includes two Southern Italian favorites: spicy Rao’s Arrabbiata Sauce, and Rao’s Puttanesca Sauce, a combination of tomatoes, anchovies, capers and olives, and two hearty vegetable sauces Garden Vegetable Sauce made with fresh peppers, onions and mushrooms, and Rao’s Roasted Eggplant Sauce made with freshly roasted eggplant. For the meat lovers, Rao’s offers two distinct meat sauces: Cuore di Pomodoro Sauce made with prosciutto and onions, and Rao’s Italian Sausage and Mushroom Sauce. more...
Rao’s Specialty Foods was started over 20 years ago to share the wonderful flavors, aromas and recipes of Southern Italian cuisine. Simple recipes, fresh ingredients and extraordinary quality are the keys to its success.
Sharon Straci, Rao’s Specialty Foods’ Chief Executive Officer, and also known as The Woman Behind The Sauce® defines the criteria and maintains the quality standards for Rao’s products. Sharon strives to make cooking simple and easy so that family and friends can enjoy good food and memorable times with their loved ones.
Rao’s award winning pasta sauces start with naturally sweet, sun-ripened tomatoes imported from the fertile volcanic soils of southern Italy.
Rao’s slow-simmered sauces are made with the finest, all-natural ingredients. You can see and taste the difference that comes from using farm fresh basil, onions, garlic, peppers, eggplant, artichokes and other fresh vegetables.
Rao’s sauces do not contain added sugar, tomato paste, water, starches, fillers, or colors.
Rao’s premium sauce collection includes classic favorites such as Marinara, Vodka, 4-cheese, Tomato Basil, Italian Sausage & Mushroom, Garden Vegetable sauce, and regional Italian favorites including Arrabbiata, Puttanesca, Cuore di Pomodoro, Roasted Garlic, and Roasted Eggplant sauces.
Sensitive Formula Marinara Sauce (made without onions and garlic and lower sodium than Rao’s Marinara sauce), Pizza sauce, and Artichoke Sauce are some of our newest sauce flavors.
Rao’s sauces satisfy the burgeoning demand for natural food made from real, simple ingredients.
Rao’s sauces are a base for many quick and easy meal solutions. Rao’s Sauces are not only perfect for pasta, but they can be used for preparing classic dishes with seafood, steak, chicken, pork, bruschetta, soups, caponata, or serve with vegetables, rice, or polenta.
The Rao’s product line also includes Artisan Bronze Die-cut Pastas imported from Italy, Italian Peeled Tomatoes, "ready to serve" sweet Roasted Red Peppers, Signature Dressings, Lemon Cooking Sauce, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar of Modena IGP and Organic Red Wine Vinegar.
Sharon Straci - The Woman behind the Sauce®
Rao’s Partner and Chief Executive Officer, is responsible for defining and implementing Rao’s Specialty Foods’ product strategy and business development worldwide through her strong management background and belief in the Rao’s product.
Sharon grew up in a small town in Illinois and spent a great deal of time at her grandparent’s farm. "Spending time at the farm taught me about fresh food and fresh ingredients", says Sharon. As a child, she participated in doing chores on the farm where she learned the value of hard work and responsibility. These tools and an appreciation for a healthy lifestyle along with Sharon’s exacting standards has established her as a business leader in the premium pasta sauce category.
Over the past 18 years, Sharon has defined and maintained the criteria for making the sauce using the finest, freshest, all natural ingredients, without added sugars or fillers, and uses traditional slow cooking methods to produce a premium sauce that tastes as if the consumer made it fresh at home for their own family.
Rao’s Specialty Foods has become a very reputable and marketable brand known for its high quality products. Southern Italian cuisine is the key to its success, and for many years, Sharon has been refining and designing mouth-watering recipes for private homes nationwide.
Sharon strives to make cooking simple and easy so that family and friends can enjoy good food and memorable times with their loved ones.
Ron Straci and Frank Pellegrino
Ron Straci, Uncle Vincent’s nephew and now co-owner of Rao’s, remembers serving as an informal waiter at Rao’s Bar & Grill.
“I spent every Sunday dinner I could remember with “Mama Jake,” as my grandmother Francesca was called by her children and grandchildren, Rao’s Bar and Grill, next door to my grandmother’s, seemed like such a wonderful haven of good friends, fast smiles, and wonderful smells. I can still remember the smell and taste of the sauce and meatballs that Mama Jake would make for our family. She would make enough to feed the family and the customers at the restaurant. Only the passage of time has made me an owner, but the fond memories of family, food and friends live” more...