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Viviano has perfect pasta sauce PDF Print E-mail
Written by KAREN NADLER COTA Sentinel Lifestyles Editor   
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 09:31
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Sam Viviano serves up the family pasta sauce on rigatoni. (Photos: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
PEMBERVILLE — There was a time when Salvatore “Sam” Viviano ate most of his meals in the best restaurants in Toledo, but he’s decided he prefers the fare in his own small kitchen.
At age 80, he’s the content occupant of an independent villa at Otterbein Portage Valley. Count yourself lucky if you can score an invitation to dinner there.
Viviano, retired owner of the Toledo-based Bartz Viviano floral shops, has several exceptional recipes that reflect his Italian heritage, but his personal favorite is simply a tomato-based pasta sauce.
The preparation and ingredient list, admittedly, is not so simple.
“It was developed by my grandfather who had a restaurant in Cincinnati called Caproni’s. It was very famous” during the 1950s and 1960s.
“The chef there, a man named Gabriele,” created the actual recipe that has been handed down to Viviano. “He was a real character, the stories I’ve heard about him. But that’s the way the cooks always were back then. They were the boss; real prima donnas.”
Viviano remembers his grandfather as an elegant man, “very proper. As a little boy you look up to your grandfather.
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