Confession number one: I am not Italian. Shocking, I know, right? The fair hair, blue eyes and freckles were making you think Italian. That and the vague resemblance to John Cleese. But, you should know, as it turns out… John Cleese… not Italian either!!
Confession number two: I do not have a regular, reliable recipe for tomato sauce. I have no idea what I am doing.
Confession number three: Due to confession number two, I buy sauce… in a jar.
Yup, it’s all true. Some foodie I am. I’d like to think though that I am a bit of a jar sauce connoisseur. Ragu – not so much. Prego, a little better. Barilla – you’d think it would be pretty good, but at least one variety I tried was truly disgusting so now I am afraid to try any of them again. Classico has been my standby for awhile now. But, there’s a new sauce in town!! And the best part is that it is local…I give you…
Capa di Roma! Dudes, this stuff is good, seriously, pinky swear and all that. It’s perfectly balanced – not too sweet, not to acidy, not too salty… it’s just right! The family is from Longmeadow, MA and they have a restaurant in East Hartford, CT. They recently started selling their sauces at Big Y and Stop & Shop. One day when I was shopping at Big Y, they were giving out samples of the sauce with bread for dipping. I was sold! I’ve bought it twice now and used it with meatballs (and yes, at least I make those myself) and tonight with chicken parm. (Yes, homemade – pounded the chicken breasts myself and everything!)
So, it’s a little more expensive than Classico, but if you are like me and look more like John Cleese than Sophia Loren and you are sorely lacking a personal sauce recipe, give it a try. I won’t tell, promise!