George and Nick Rossi
continued Since the videos have appeared, George said letters have poured in from all over the world — Italy, Australia, New Zealand, among them — that comment on the family cuisine.
Nick is no stranger to the Italian staple, pasta. He was the last family owner of P&R (Procino and Rossi) Pasta Products, the company, his father, Alfredo, co-founded that was based in Auburn for many years. Its products appeared on supermarket shelves throughout the Northeast during most of the 20th century.
After Nick sold the business to a food company in 1978, he began his own food brokerage business which he continues to this day. “He never retired,” his son said. “He will not retire, he absolutely refuses to retire, that is what he likes to do, work.”
Nick and Linda, his wife of 57 years, lived many years on Gayle Road, where family and friends gathered for such favorites as Gramma’s Drunken Chicken. Neighbor Beth Adams and her husband, Richard, were among them.
“Three or four days a week I would have coffee with Nick,” Beth Adams said. “I have known him now for 40 years. He is absolutely delightful, energetic, just a great guy. We would talk about food a lot — food and sports. He is a big SU guy. He and Linda are both excellent cooks. They make the most wonderful Sunday sauce. I can smell it now.”
You can try your hand at their family secrets too: Rossi’s Marinara sauce, Linguine Con Salsa Bianco e Vongole, Spaghetti Alla carbonara, Lasagna Verdi Alla Bolognese. They’re just a click away.
Anne Roth is an Eagle Newspapers contributor.