Petrini Family Photo circa 1924 Petrini Family Photo circa 2002

hen Eugenio Petrini left Lucca, Italy, in 1921 to begin a new life in America, he brought with him what no Lucchese ever leaves behind-a love of the cooking that demands the use of pure olive oil.

Eugenio's marriage to Philomena, whose parents were from Naples, brought about a savory blending of Northern and Southern Italian cooking. The only thing Eugenio demanded of his wife was that pure olive oil be used in all the family dishes, whether Toscano or Napolitan.

When Eugenio's sons, Geno, John, and Julio, began making Petrini's salad dressings in 1958, it was only natural that they, like their father, should demand pure olive oil in those dressings. Today, Lucca is still the olive oil capital of the world, and Petrini's is still using pure olive oil in its famous dressings.

Olive oil asserts its nutty flavor in salads, sauces, and marinades. Petrini's Dressings combine the old world goodness of pure olive oil with zesty red or white wine vinegar and enhance the union with carefully selected spices.

The result is something Eugenio and Philomena would be proud to serve from their kitchen-and so will you: Petrini's of Santa Barbara Salad Dressing.