Our sauce is made with 100+ years of family tradition behind it since the Monte Family emigrated to Brooklyn from Sant’Angelo di Lombardi & Avellino, Italy in 1906 and began serving traditional Neopolitan Fare to the community at what opened as Angelo’s Tavern, and continued on to be known as famed Monte’s Venetian Room. The storied high, red-leather banquettes were graced with the presence of a long line of royalty, politicians, gangsters and stars such as Sammy Davis Jr, Frank Sinatra, James Cagney, Jimmy Durante, Al Pacino, Jackie Gleason, Sandy Koufax, and Hedy Lamarr, amongst countless others who frequented the Brooklyn Staple. They came far and wide for the homestyle cooking, dishes like the Shrimp Alla Monte, and of course, the tomato sauce.
In 1956, the Monte family expanded eastward to purchase and manage the iconic Gurney’s Inn in Montauk, NY. The recipes and dishes that made the Brooklyn hangout famous were brought to the sea, and the small oceanfront hotel property was enhanced and expanded over the years to become the internationally acclaimed destination resort that it is today.
The Monte’s reinvented themselves in the fertile Hudson Valley of New York with the advent of Monte’s Local Kitchen & Tap Room in Amenia, NY. It was here PJ Monte reconnected with his roots and started bottling the family's famous red sauce. The traditions continue now 3+ generations.
Our simple yet perfect recipe has remained consistent with the only changes being the improvement of the quality of our ingredients to be as locally grown and sustainable as possible.