A New Outlet, Handy Sauce, Winter Cheese and More

By FLORENCE FABRICANT

JAN. 21, 2014

 

 

 
 
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Connecting Point | Dec. 16, 2013

Inspired by making marinara with his grandmother as a child, Michael Tesoro started his own pasta sauce business out of a small kitchen in his home in Windsor, Massachusetts. But what you'll find in that jar on the supermarket shelf is more than just marinara – it's a grandmother's love and a grandson's passion.


Farm to Feast in Family Circle

Summer is prime time for entertaining in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, where Robin and Michael Tesoro live with their daughter, Francesca, 8, and son, Nicholas, 6. The couple relishes any opportunity to invite friends over for a meal outside on the patio. "It's all very informal, both the food and the decor," says Robin. Simple dishes, like summer minestrone and a rustic vegetable tart, highlight local produce.

 

 

Expanding Operations in Berkshire County

 


 

Robin featured in momfilter

Ready for a heart-warming-feel-good story in the middle of a deep recession? We sure were. When Robin emailed an introduction to her family business, Ooma Tesoro’s, we were awed by her and her husband’s resourcefulness and entrepreneurial spirit when the economy hit their family hard. Then we tasted her sauce in various incarnations over the course of three days, and we fell head-over-heels in love. We recently interviewed Robin and we’re pretty sure you’ll be as moved by her story as we are.


 

Boston Globe Food & Dining Section