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Sorrisos Gourmet Pasta Sauce’s mission is to become the leading gourmet pasta sauce among families in America by providing an all natural, versatile, high quality product.

Sorrisos Gourmet Pasta Sauce began as Mick-D-Angelo’s Pasta Sauce ~ a local, family-owned business which was started in 1996 by Mick Ashman and his three sons.

Mick made sauce for years in his kitchen at home.  Sending it to college with his sons and home with relatives during the holidays, they all insisted he take it to market. The three boys scraped together some cash and stuffed it into Ball jars, wrapped it and gifted it to their father at Christmas.  “Take it to market,” they told him.

The sauce, now called Sorrisos Gourmet Pasta Sauce, is manufactured and distributed by Pastabilities Unlimited, owned and operated by Mick’s eldest son, David and his wife, Betsy. The sauce has been on the market since 1996 and is now available NATIONWIDE. The high quality pasta sauce possesses a gourmet taste with a homemade touch that can be incorporated into many recipes. It is a no-hassle, complete sauce. Its style of sauce, taste and convenience makes it suitable and adaptable to many applications.

Some suggested uses of this product include many types of pasta, lasagna, chicken or veal parmesan, meatball sandwich, pizza sauce, meatloaf, sausage and peppers, breadstick dipping, some appetizers and an excellent base for minestrone, chili and many other soups. We have marketed our products to families and restaurants as a versatile, value-added sauce. Click here for recipes that you can try, using Sorrisos Gourmet Pasta Sauce.

Sorrisos Gourmet Pasta Sauce is a high quality product that is hand made with all natural ingredients in a family owned and operated business in Firth, Nebraska. The recipe is a family favorite for decades, at home and in the family restaurant, Papa D’s Pizzeria. Each batch of sauce is hand made and the assembly line for packaging is a true family affair. The family also plays a role in presentations, marketing and delivering a high quality product with exceptional customer service.

Speaking of the family restaurant, Papa D’s Pizzeria, “Home of the Baked Nebraska,” we have had a lot of requests for us to put the Menu online.  So here it is.

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