With a jar of this organic arrabbiata sauce from Bio Orto in your pantry, you’ll have a delicious dinner ready in as much time as takes to boil pasta. It starts with ripe tomatoes from Puglia, the “heel” of Italy’s boot, where the southern heat is tempered by cool breezes from the surrounding Mediterranean Sea. The tomatoes’ natural sugars are concentrated by long hours in the sun, giving them a well-balanced flavor profile that sings with ripe sweetness and umami goodness. They’re cooked with organic olive oil, spicy chiles, and plenty of garlic to capture the essence of this beloved Italian dish.
A relatively new addition to the Italian cuisine pantheon, arrabbiata originated in Rome in the 1950s, as a craze for spicy foods swept the country. In the Roman dialect, the name means “extreme”—which is how the heat level of this sauce was perceived when it was first introduced! A few tweaks to the classic Roman amatriciana by an unknown trattoria owner led to this fiery new dish, which quickly gained fans across the country.
Launched in 2003 by third-generation farmers from the Passalacqua family, Bio Orto is dedicated to capturing the freshest Italian produce and sharing it with the world. A leader in organic agriculture, they grow their produce in the valleys of Gargano National Park in Puglia, on the southeastern edge of the country. This pristine landscape is the perfect home for a company dedicated to celebrating agricultural diversity while working to be better stewards of the land for future generations. From their olive oils to fruit preserves, tomatoes, sauces, and more, every ingredient is hand-picked and packed in their state-of-the-art facilities to ensure you get the best of what Italy has to offer.