My Grandmother, Rose Rago came from the city of Genoa in northern Italy; at 5’2” she would be considered a tall woman by Old world Italian standards. She was an artist at cooking what we call "peasant dishes." Every Sunday, 15 of my cousins, mothers, fathers, Grandma and Grandpa would gather around ONE table at Grandma Rose’s for a weekly feast! Everything was made from scratch, even the wine was home made by my Grandfather, myself and all my cousins.I spent much time in my formative years side by side with Grandma learning and loving the art of food. I will always remember standing on a chair next to the stove stirring the sugo (gravy) classic Italian meat sauce, with the old Italian songs on the Victrola record player and having to say (I love being Italian) over and over again with every stir. My Grandma loved her family with all her heart and she taught me that love and food come from the same place... "Your heart”.
Since moving to God's Colorado in 2006, my wife Donna and I have longed for an old world Italian restaurant. For years, we debated whether or not to open a restaurant. After the recent passing of my sister Karen, I realized that life is too short and true joy is doing what you love, and then sharing that with others.
Rose’s Bella Cucina was born out of Love and Passion for family and food along with the pride of my Italian heritage. We share all of this with everyone that walks through our doors. Welcome to our family and mangia bene, (eat well).