When 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 cooking that requires the use of pure olive oil.
Eugenio's marriage to Philomena Ambrosia in 1924, whose parents were from Naples, brought about a savory blending of Northern and Southern Italian cooking. The only thing Eugenio requested of his wife was that pure olive oil be used in all the family dishes, whether Toscano or Napolitan.
In 1958 when Eugenio's sons Geno, John, and Julio began making Petrini's salad dressings, it was only natural that they, like their parents, should use only pure olive oil in those dressings.
Today, Lucca is still the olive oil capital of the world, and Julio Petrini is still using pure olive oil in his famous dressings. Eugenio and Philomena would be proud to serve Petrini’s of Santa Barbara Inc Salad Dressings from their kitchen, and so will you!