The company is Marinelli's and they've been making "True Italian Pasta Sauce" for over 10 years out of Niagara Falls, Ontario. I know what you are thinking -- there are so many pasta sauces out there. What makes Marinelli's unique? Well, a few things. First, all of their sauces are handmade in small batches from fresh, all natural ingredients. They do not use any artificial colors, flavors or additives. They don't even add any sugar to any of their sauces. And when I say "fresh", I mean fresh -- onions are peeled, diced, and then sauteed in fresh oil, all by hand. The company even roasts and grinds its own black pepper at its facilities. And they only make 950 jars at a time -- hand-numbering each one.
They sent me two of their flavors to try -- the Caramelized Onion Cipollata and the Classic Marinara. Of the two, I think I enjoyed the classic marinara the best.
The marinara just tasted so fresh and balanced as it is made with vine-ripened tomatoes, cold-pressed certified extra virgin olive oil, sauteed Spanish onions, garlic, genovese basil leaf, sea salt, ground black pepper, and chili flakes. They never use frozen, dehydrated, pre-cooked, or pre-processed foods -- just fresh vegetables and you can really tell the difference.
The caramelized onion cipollata was great as well. Made with Spanish onions, it had a light, sweet onion taste in a chunky tomato sauce. I found the flavors of this sauce to be well-balanced as well.
To top it all off, I found out that all of their flavors are vegan! This includes Marinelli's No Meat Bolognese, Mushroom Soffritto, Sweet Pepperonata Primavera, Roasted Sweet Red Pepper, and Spicy Peperoncino Arrabiatta. Gosh, those sound good! At $10 a jar, the sauces are pricey, but considering that you are getting a very fresh, natural pasta sauce made in small batches, I don't think the price is too high. If only I could find that No Meat Bolognese locally! If you can't find them in your area, you can buy them in packages of six on Amazon here. I'll be keeping a lookout for arrabiatta too -- it sounds so good!