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Tina Tortorici - Tina's Italian CafeThere’s more to Tina’s Italian Café and Bake Shop than amazing Sicilian style food, there is the love and care that goes into its preparation by its owner Tina Tortorici.

Tina, who came from Sicily to America as a 20 year old, learned from her mother and grandmother the recipes that are the foundation of the food she lovingly prepares in her charming restaurant.

Rising at 4:00am every morning, Tina fills the air of her restaurant with the delectable scents of homemade bread, cookies, sauces, soups and more to tantalize every diner’s taste buds.

Entering the restaurant feels more like coming home – something very important to Tina. Tina’s desire is to make every customer feel they are on a vacation to Italy and have stopped by to have a small bite in her cucina piccola (little kitchen).

An old Italian proverb says: Nessuno conosce che cosa sta cucinando nella vaschetta meglio di chi fa la mescolatura – No one knows what is cooking in the pan better than the one doing the stirring. When you are dining at Tina’s Italian Café and Bake Shop, you can be assured that Tina has used her magic to create culinary delights that will take you on a brief voyage to the Italian countryside.

It is impossible to think about Italy without thinking of delicious Italian food. The kitchen is central to the hearts and minds of Italian families so there are hundreds of Italian quotes about food. From proverbs to folk sayings, we have gathered the best Italian quotes about food.


Chi va a letto senza cena tutta la notte si dimena. – Italian proverb
Translation: He who goes to bed without eating, will regret it throughout the night.

Mangiare per vivere e non vivere per mangiare – Italian proverb
Translation: Eat to live and not live to eat.

A tavola non si invecchia. – Italian proverb.
Translation: At the table with good friends and family you do not become old.

La cucina piccola fal la casa grande. -Italian proverb
Translation: A small kitchen makes the house big.

Pan di sudore, miglior sapore. -Italian proverb.
Translation: (Literally) Bread that comes out of sweat, tastes better.

Non si vive di solo pane. – Italian proverb.
Translation: One does not live by bread alone.

Chi mangia sulo s’affoga. -Italian proverb
Translation: He who eats alone suffocates.

“Everything you see I owe to pasta.” – Sophia Loren

“Life is a combination of magic and pasta.” – Federico Fellini

“Life is too short, and I’m Italian. I’d much rather eat pasta and drink wine than be a size 0.” – Sophia Bush

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