About Us

Pastorelli Food Products is a fourth-generation, family owned company, based in the heart of Chicago. We are most famous for our line of pizza products, particularly our Italian Chef Pizza Sauce. Learn more about Pastorelli Foods below.

1919-1924

The Pastorelli family moves to California and become partners in Contadina Canning. Likewise, while in California, they also help establish the first North American olive-crushing plant, Matmore Olive Oil Company in Lindsey, CA.

1952

During WWII many women left the home to go to work. As a result, fewer women had time in the kitchen to spend making homemade sauce. In order to meet the market demand after the war, Leandro Pastorelli formulated the Italian Chef Pizza sauce. This became the very first fully-prepared Pizza Sauce offered in a can.

1971

Pastorelli moves into the plant at 901 W Lake St. where they install tanks for oils and vinegars. There, they begin bottling and labeling oils and vinegars for restaurants.

1919-1924

The Pastorelli family moves to California where they become partners in Contadina Canning and help establish the first North American olive-crushing plant, Matmore Olive Oil Company in Lindsey, CA.


1952

After WWII, where many women left the home to go to work, fewer women had hours in the kitchen to spend making homemade sauce, so Leandro Pastorelli, with the help of his sister Mary DiStefano and his brother Mario, formulated the Italian Chef Pizza sauce, the first fully-prepared Pizza Sauce offered in a can.


1971

Pastorelli moves into the plant at 901 W Lake St. where they begin bottling and labeling oils and vinegars for restaurants.