easton household company brings healthy meals to the south shore

EASTON — In the lush eco-friendly hills of Cerignola, Italy in the 1960s, Rosa Prezioso Galeno tended to her necessary meals pantry filled with fish cured in salt, flavorful beans hung to dry, flour, sugar, and yeast stored in pots.

Daily life was more simple in the countryside. The streets were tiny. The sunset in excess of the hills with cotton sweet-colored skies. The meticulous preparation of meals was more appreciated and beauty could be uncovered in churning cream into sweet butter.

Galeno, 62, fell in love with cooking as a little one and she has turned that love into a thriving family members business, Rosa’s Food items Shoppe on Eastman Street in Easton.

The Connoisseur Italian current market features made-to-get dishes made appropriate in front of you and imported Italian items correct at your fingertips. Whilst there are no tables for eating-in, there are decorative artwork and brilliant novelty objects to gaze at. 

Rosa Galeno, owner of Rosa's Food Shoppe in Easton, makes her signature meatball sandwich on Wednesday, March 3, 2021.

Galeno grew up on one particular of 3 dairy farms about 25 miles southeast of Foggia, Italy with her mother and father and 4 siblings.

The loved ones farm sold milk to the locals. In her distant memory, she remembers if you didn’t make cheese, then there would be no cheese to try to eat.

The fundamental substances desired for cooking experienced their prolonged processes and that manufactured you value having much more. 

Increasing up on a farm was an unconventional way of daily life but there have been so many worthwhile facets, she explained.

Rosa Galeno, owner of Rosa's Food Shoppe in Easton, holds her award-winning vinegar peppers on Wednesday, March 3, 2021.

Her mom realized how to make something out of practically nothing. Her father would arrive dwelling and convey regardless of what he could obtain, and then her mother would whip up a little something delicious.

“It was magical to stay on a farm. It assisted me get pleasure from eating additional due to the fact I realized how tricky it was to get this food items,” Galeno claimed.

In 1966 the spouse and children relocated to East Boston. There was a flourishing local community of Italian immigrants in Boston, some of whom understood each and every other from Italy. The neighborhood was a melting pot of Italian immigrants willing to assistance one particular a further, which saved the traditions alive, which include family members recipes, she reported.

Award-winning brined local beets are sold at Rosa's Food Shoppe, 83 Eastman St. in Easton, on Wednesday, March 3, 2021.
Award-winning vino cotto is sold at  Rosa's Food Shoppe, 83 Eastman St. in Easton, on Wednesday, March 3, 2021.

Those recipes have been handed down from technology to generation and Galeno carries on that tradition with her 3 grownup young children. The food items is deeply layered with an infusion of aromatics, unique salts, daring spices and that staple of standard Italian cooking, olive oil. 

Galeno is very pleased to say all the food sold in the shoppe is wholesome, all-natural and created with no preservatives.

A signature dish is the shoppe’s healing soup.

“When people come to feel compromised or just really feel off, the healing soup is so valuable to them. The therapeutic soup makes you experience better,” Galeno mentioned. 

Cooked with 18 vegetables, the gluten-cost-free soup gives layers of purely natural greens with reduced sodium material. (See beneath for recipe.)

From left, Rosa Galeno, of Rosa's Food Shoppe, gets a hug from customer Agnesina Cimildoro, on Wednesday, March 3, 2021.

Galeno is on a mission to give healthier and sustainable food stuff selections that are prosperous in reliable Mediterranean type and not only flavor excellent but are valuable to your physique, she reported.

In addition, the shoppe has reliable products that are transported from Italy. The selection is substantial, from pasta sauce and oil to Sicilian oregano, potato gnocchi and award-successful fruit preserves.

Rosa and her spouse and son, both of those named Peter Galeno, own The Fieldhouse Arean athletics sophisticated in the exact developing as her gourmand market. They believed a shop inside of the sports complex would be best location for athletes to get delicious, healthy food afterward.