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Don Orsillo is right at home in the kitchen

Orsillo’s family tomato sauce recipe.

Away from the baseball field, Orsillo has two passions: fishing and cooking. “When I cook,” he says,” I become Donatangelo.” Donatangelo is the name he uses for himself when he tweets about food. It is also the first name of Orsillo’s paternal great-grandfather, the first member of the family to come to the United States from Benevento, the Italian city north of Naples. Among other things, he brought with him a recipe for tomato sauce, which the family claims is now 150 years old. One of the first things Orsillo says when he opens his door to welcome visitors is “My father is afraid I’m going to give away the recipe for the sauce.”

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