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Our History

Pirro's Authentic Italian Pasta Sauces

Old World Family Traditions Followed the Pirro Family to America.

Family matriarch, Josephine Pirro grew up with four sisters and four brothers in the heart of Chicago’s west-side Italian community, the world-famous Taylor Street neighborhood. Like many close-knit Italian families, much of life in the Pirro household centered around food, meals, and warm family gatherings.

Generation to Generation

As a youngster, Terry Pirro often found himself by his mother Josephine’s side as she prepared her special sauces. One can easily imagine the entire house filled with the delicious smells of pasta sauces simmering slowly on the kitchen stove for hours. What began innocently enough soon became a serious interest for Terry as he became masterful in the culinary arts, particularly Italian cuisine.

Given his love of cooking and experimenting in the kitchen, it was only natural that the young man would eventually find his way to the restaurant business, as he did when he opened Pirro’s Restaurante in historic Woodstock, Illinois. In addition to serving the most delicious and popular Italian dishes, Terry’s restaurant soon became known for its remarkable pasta sauces, all based on recipes handed down from grandmother, to mother, to son and painstakingly refined to perfection.

Pirro’s Sauces Today...

Customer demand for take-home Pirro’s sauces continued to grow and Pirro’s Sauces prospered.   Tragically, in the midst of his success Terry became gravely ill. This sad news prompted daughter Brianna to dedicate herself to the family business, ensuring that her dad’s talent, creativity, and hard work would never be forgotten. Putting the sauces into production was done with Brianna’s by Terry’s side. Together, father and daughter carefully maintained their shared dedication to quality and commitment to using only the finest natural ingredients, while meeting the highest standards in every respect.

Following the untimely passing of her father, Brianna now works to protect the legacy, integrity, and commitment to excellence her father exuded.

The Pirro’s Sauce organization is continually exploring, developing, and refining its product offerings and streamlining its distribution channels. Advances in gluten free and non-GMO ingredients are under continual review. Being all natural products, the use of American-grown and locally-sourced ingredients remains a top priority for Brianna and her team.