Food & dining

Ooma Tesoro’s Marinara sauce

** warning: for less than 1.5 col ** for Food - 25shsauce - Ooma Tesoro's sauce. (Wendell Webber)

Wendell Webber

** warning: for less than 1.5 col ** for Food - 25shsauce - Ooma Tesoro's sauce. (Wendell Webber)

As a child, Michael Tesoro called his Italian grandmother “Ooma.” When Tesoro and his wife, Robin, decided to bottle and sell tomato sauce based on his grandmother’s recipe, they naturally named it for her. Ooma Tesoro’s Marinara (about $6.99 for a 16-ounce Mason jar; about $8.99 for a 26-ounce jar) is smooth, simple, and bright. They couple, who live in the Berkshires, had careers in media consulting and magazines and were looking for an entrepreneurial opportunity. Tesoro prepares every batch by hand, using tomatoes, onions, garlic, olive oil, and a couple of secret herbs. If Ooma could see what her grandson has done, he says, “She’d be very proud, and very excited. She was very hard-working, and she’d probably want to jump right in.” Ooma Tesoro’s Marinara available at City Feed and Supply, 672 Centre St., 617-524-1700, and 66A Boylston St., 617-524-1657, both in Jamaica Plain; Idylwilde Farms, 366 Central St., Acton, 978-264-9540; Savenor’s Market, 92 Kirkland St., Cambridge, 617-576-6328; and Concord Provisions, 73 Thoreau St., Concord, 978-369-5555. JANE DORNBUSCH

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