"The one you see portrayed in the logo of the Donna Francè brand is grandmother Francesca. When they ask me to talk about her, the first image I remember is the grandmother with the spring onion in her hands. I smile thinking that as children, my brothers and I did everything to avoid that very typical and characteristic smell...today it is the most beautiful perfume in the world, together with that of the earth.
Nonna Francesca was and still represents a beacon, a guide for the entire Merolla family. A woman of the last century, all in one piece. Those who knew her loved to define her as the "brigadera", because she was a tireless mother, wife, grandmother and a great worker. His days started very early and ended only when each activity was completed, he never seemed to feel tired. For us it was a dream to see her busy in the kitchen as she juggled the cooking and preparations that still fill our tables and those of our national and European customers. Timeless recipes full of taste , dedication and above all respect. Yes, respect for raw materials , the fruits of mother earth. This is one of the greatest values that grandmother left us as a legacy. Handle broccoli , artichokes , tomatoes and spring onions with care to enhance their uniqueness, flavor and taste. I remember that during the artichoke season he was able to cook them in the way we still try to replicate today: so small, tender, very white. Real pearls, my grandmother said. Then, during the winter, she loved to sauté the broccoli in the pan and give it that spicy touch, just like she was always ready to surprise us all with innovative recipes and ideas. Our broccoli in oil speaks of that taste. We haven't changed anything. Our company today is in its third generation, daughter of grandfather Crescenzo Merolla, whose name I bear, and grandmother Francesca. But have you seen what a classy woman grandma is? Look carefully at our logo. Are you wondering is it really her? Well yes, the grandmother at the age of 16. She was so beautiful that she was asked to star in a film, but she did not accept this proposal. But at the time they were different times, you only had to think about work, there was little room for dreams. Yet she has always encouraged us to dream, she has always encouraged our passions. Today the most beautiful dream that continues to make us live is that of being able to spread throughout the world our greatest gastronomic heritage represented by the marzanino tomato , the sweet and sour spring onion , the broccoli in oil up to the decomposed artichoke and much more. When we participate in fairs, our loyal foreign buyers remind us as "Merolla the onion that doesn't give up on you" , we smile heartily and think of Donna Francè . We want to continue to make you proud of us, bringing forward all the flavor of the authenticity of our land to guarantee you a healthy, authentic diet, full of taste and heart. Like the one that grandmother put in every jar!" Crescenzo Merolla