The Special Recipes of Mary Ann Bertucci Rosso Squitti from


Man or women cannot live on bread here are some family recipes.


Mamma's Marianne's Saint Anthony's Bread Recipe 

Mamma Squitti's Philosopher's Calabrese pizza.

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Here is Mary Ann Bertucci Rosso and her niece Concetta Primerano Scopacasa, making bread for Saint Anthony's Day, 13 loaves of bread to be given out on the day.

Mary Ann Bertucci Rosso from Simbario, Italy

Mary Ann Bertucci Rosso in Simbario, Italy, circa 1930.

Bertucci Rosso Family from Simbario

The youngest girl in a family of 11, the 2nd youngest child, next to her brother Fortunato Rosso, of Toronto, Canada.


Three brothers and Mary Ann in Simbario, 1985.

Some of the noble family members of  the Rosso family.


Squitti's "A Beautiful Difference" © of Thunder Bay Canada

Squitti's opened as a small convenience corner Grocery Shop, expanding to Squitti's "A Beautiful Difference"© 

Mamma's Bread

Mamma Marianne's St. Anthony's Bread Recipe !


10 lbs of Five Rose White Flour - 1 cup of (Bertozzi) corn flour -1/4 cup of salt Need.


Place 1/4 cup of fresh bakers yeast, place in a cup of warm water let dissolve, put to the side.


Using two liters of luke warm water, place 2 cups at a time into the flour mixture and need. 


Keep on adding until the consistency is like play dough. 


Then add your yeast liquid solution into the dough and need for 5 to 10 minutes. 


(Prayer to Saint Anthony while needing) 


Place a cup of (Bertozzi) Olive oil into the dough and need for another 10 minutes. 


Let dough rise for 4 hours. Once it rises. Place the dough on a flour covered tablecloth.


Cut the dough into portions 13 dinner rolls in honor of Saint Anthony's, and then bread loaves.


Cover the bread portions with a warm blanket. (Second rising)


Let sit for 20 minutes. 


Prepare the oven at 350 degrees. Sprinkle the cooking sheets with corn meal to keep bread from sticking.


(Mamma Squitti placed some small bricks in the inside of her electric oven)


Once you put the bread on cooking sheets, turn oven to 400 degrees lower element first. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes until bottom is golden brown. Turn the upper element and bake for another 15 minutes.


The thirteen dinner rolls in honor of Saint Anthony's are to be give to friends and especially strangers.


"Spaghetti and Meatballs alla Simbariana"

Spaghetti and Meatballs

A father on welfare was having difficulties providing enough food for his many children, and noting that he was buying canned/prepared foods, Mamma Squitti taught him how to make the meal of spaghetti and meatballs. 


Tomato Sauce


Place into a sauce pan ½ cup of chopped red peppers and 1/4 cup of Bertozzi ( Gigi ) Olive oil and saute them, 


add 1/2 cup of chopped onions and saute.


Then add 5 ounces of Tomato paste in sauce pan Simmer for a couple of minutes


Add 1 medium can of crushed tomatoes and add one tablespoon of crushed roasted garlic/ peppers (Clubhouse) dried spice. Add ½ tablespoon of Italiano (Clubhouse) seasonings. Simmer for a 20 minutes on low.




In a separate pot add 16 oz of water. Bring to boil. Add 1 tablespoon of (Bertozzi) Olive oil. When water is at full roar place your 1 lb of pasta (spaghetti) continually stir, until al dente. Drain except for 1" of water in pot. Add ½ tablespoon of salt and mix.


Place your spaghetti sauce into pot of spaghetti and mix.


Take a serving bowl and add some Romano cheese to the bottom, place pasta in bowl, sprinkle with cheese on top and serve.




Mix 1 lb of lean beef, ½ lb of lean pork.


Add a quarter cup of chopped fine onions.


1 tablespoon of Italian (Clubhouse) spice Add ½ cup of grated Roman cheese and mix.


Add three (range feed chicken) eggs and blend. 


Add 1 cup of (Pastena) bread crumbs and mix.


Roll into two inch balls using olive on your hands to coat meatballs. Place on baking rack. Bake at 350 degrees until brown and still soft.


Prepare Simbariano spaghetti sauce as above. 


Place meatballs in large sauce pan with some sauce and simmer for 15 minutes. 


Garnish with Romano cheese when serving.

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Mamma Squitti's Philosopher's Calabrese Pizza Recipe

From Calabria


Marianne Rosso Squitti was born in the "sole" of Italy, in Calabria, a part of southern Italy where  the worlds famous Pythagoras taught his philosophy at Crotone a few miles  away from Mamma's hometown Simbario, Catanzaro. Pythagoras (c.580/570-c.500 B.C.E.): A Presocratic philosopher. Founder of a major school of philosophy/religion that emphasized the mystical interconnections in numbers, nature, and the human soul. The natural and the ethical world were inseparable.



Here it is...the recipe from a person who delighted to feed people, people of all use her words, we are all children of one God. This was the basis of her being; straight from the heart.

Dough: (This is the process to make Mamma Squitti's bread dough for making bread.)

4 cups of unbleached white flour, 1/4 cup of corn meal, tablespoon of salt, tablespoon bakers yeast ( not dry ), Blend and mix flour with salt and yeast, with a 1 litre of warm water, need the mixture. When like a dough, add olive oil, 1/4 cup into the dough and need again.

Let rise for 1 to 1 ½ hour. In a warm area, or with a blanket on top.

(To make bread need again, break into portions and let arise again 1 to 1 ½ hour, with blanket on top, cut into portions, add 1/4" cuts along the top to allow cooking and add some butter to top to give it a golden color. )


For Pizza, one rise only, make into portions pieces and bake the crust slightly prior to adding toppings, until it gets golden brown. . Take it out of the oven

From a separate frying pan, slightly sauteed ingredients, green peppers, red peppers, garlic, onions, favorite spices, oregano, parsley, basil, add to the top of pizza that is slightly browned, let cook for 15 to 20 minutes @ 350', and then you add tomato sauce to the top, let cook another 10 minutes, then add mozzarella cheese or olives to top, and bake another 5 minutes and enjoy.

To serve with love ... "the philosophers pizza,"... because man cannot live on bread alone... !