All About Cucina Antica

From Southern Italy to New York

Our Italian Roots

Chef Neil Fusco grew up on a small farm in Southern Italy, where hard work was a part of everyday life. Every morning, he and his family rose with the sun and walked the mile-long trek to the tomato fields. The earth and its fruit were their livelihood, so they cared for it with the same attention to which you might care for a dear family member. If their food wasn’t harvested from the family farm, it came from neighbors, friends, or local markets. 

In 1972, the Fusco family immigrated to New York, where Chef Neil began working in the food industry, first as a restaurant owner and chef, and then as the founder of Cucina Antica. In building Cucina Antica Foods, Corp., Chef Neil's goal is to offer a quality product that families can feel good about sharing around the kitchen table, the same way harvesting tomatoes built a bond between his own family. With each jar of Cucina Antica sauce, you bring the true, homemade taste of Italy to your home.

Fusco family farm

In the early 1800s, the Fusco family built their homestead at the base of Mount Vesuvius in San Marzano sul Sarno, Italy.

San Marzano tomatoes

The ancient Romans called this area “Campania Felix,” which means “happy valley,” due to the abundance of sweet tomato crops it produced.

Premium pasta sauce

After identifying a need for high-quality, Italian pasta sauce in the retail industry, Chef Neil founded Cucina Antica Foods Corp. in 1998, in Westchester, New York.

Quality Ingredients

We value our craft and only use the most premium, healthy ingredients to bring homemade, authentic Italian flavor to your home. 

Our award-winning pasta sauces are made with imported Italian San Marzano tomatoes and contain no artificial ingredients plus no added sugar, water, or tomato paste. 

Non-GMO Project Verified

Non-GMO Project is a mission-driven nonprofit organization offering a third-party non-GMO verification program to the standard consumers expect. Their verified mark assures you that the product has been evaluated for compliance with the Non-GMO Standard, which can be found here. So you can rest assured the products you're consuming are of the highest quality and purity standards.

Artisanal Cooking Method

We cook the sauce for a shorter period of time at the peak temperature level, and mix it at a slower speed than most other sauces. This artisanal cooking method preserves the integrity and flavors of the tomatoes allowing you to easily reheat and cook the sauce.