Authentic old world Italian sausage, with a Louisville connection

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Vito Guagliardo 's Authentic Old World Italian Sausage

If you are a fan of authentic Italian country cooking, you need to saunter over to the Bristol Highlands, next Tuesday evening, for a gastronomical delight, per eccellenza.  Louisville’s Guagliardo family is inviting you to a sumptuous meal of insalata con olio d'oliva, penne rigate con salsa di pomodoro, e Vito salsiccia italiana, e bruschetta.

vitos 3.jpgItalian a little rusty?  The menu for an Authentic Italian Dinner at the Bristol Highlands includes, salad with olive oil dressing, penne pasta with a tomato sauce and Vito's Italian sausage, with garlic bread; all for the reasonable price of $17.00 per person.

Vito Guagliardo 's Authentic Old World Italian Sausage is made with all natural ingredients and no preservatives from a secret family recipe that's unchanged for 100 years. From the rolling hills of Eboli, Italy to the rolling hills of the Bluegrass, Vito's is a taste of Authentic Old World Italian Sausage without needing a passport. Locally made in Kentucky, Kentucky Proud product.

The secret family recipe got its start in 1897, in Eboli, Italy; just outside of Napoli.  Mama Rosa Storniello learned from her mother (who learned from her mother) how to make the family’s signature Italian sausage. In the early 1920s she immigrated to the USA. After a prearranged marriage with Vincenzo Guagliardo, a barber from Miselmera, Palermo, Sicily, they settled in Poughkeepsie, New York.

vitos 2.jpgThe young family needed money with the impending arrival of baby Vincenzo (Vito) in 1925. Since Rosa was a great cook, she continued using the family recipe for Italian sausage she learned in Italy and started serving lunch and dinner from her living room. The Great Depression struck when Rosa had three children under the age of 4. As the depression lingered on, the kids would help out when not in school, setting tables, clearing and washing dishes.

She soon outgrew her living room and opened her own pizza parlor. Rosa would make the family's signature sausage to be used on the pizzas. When Vincenzo and his brother Joseph learned about earning money, they would take the pizzas on their bicycles and sell them to construction workers for lunch, probably making them the first pizza delivery boys!

In 1954 young Vincenzo moved to Lexington, Kentucky and sold VITO’S in Lexington and surrounding areas for 30 years. He began offering VITO’S sweet (mild) and hot Italian sausage, in links, rope and bulk. Over the years, some of the finest Italian restaurants featured VITO’S Italian Sausage on their menus. For over ten years Vincenzo and his children sold VITO'S on the corner of Vine and Mill Streets each July 4th. Without fail, customers would line up around the block waiting for their annual Italian sausage sandwich smothered with peppers and onions.

vitos 1.jpgIn 2007 Vincenzo's son Tony, and his wife Rene, took over VITO'S and had it recognized as an official Kentucky Proud product. They started selling at the Woodford County Farmer's Market, then expanded to Frankfort's Farmer's Market and next to Lexington's Farmer's Market. By the end of 2009, VITO'S was available in the Versailles, KY Kroger along with several other retail stores and on the menu at a variety of Lexington restaurants.

Now—thanks to grandson Paul Guagliardo, who is an Assistant Jefferson County Attorney—VITO’S has come to Louisville.  The excellent sausage is slated for distribution to local restaurants, such the Bristol Highlands, and will soon be available at  your neighborhood Kroger.

Mama Rosa’s recipe for Italian Sausage has been followed faithfully for over a century using select pork cuts, fresh spices, natural casings and no artificial preservatives – EVER.  VITO’S is prepared and packaged at a USDA Inspected Facility. It can be purchased precooked or fresh-frozen. Because it contains no preservatives, VITO’S is sold frozen.

 

Learn more about VITO’S Italian Sausage

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About Thomas McAdam
At various times I have been a student, a soldier, a college Political Science teacher, a political campaign treasurer, and legal adviser to Louisville's Police Department and Board of Aldermen. I now practice law and share my political opinions with anyone who will listen.
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