Company History


The Arrival of Teresa

It all began in 1896 when young Teresa Marzetti and her husband Joseph arrived in the United States from Florence, Italy, and started her small Italian restaurant in Columbus, Ohio. They were working for Joseph's father, prominent Italian real-estate developer, retail merchant and confectioner John Marzetti. After the death of John in 1899 and Joseph in 1911, Teresa was left to run the restaurant on her own. Marzetti's became a local favorite especially among The Ohio State University students, and grew to become a four star restaurant as well as one of the finest dining experiences in the Midwest.


Claim to Fame

Customers particularly enjoyed Teresa's Creamy Coleslaw and French dressings and were often seen leaving the restaurant with bottles of their freshly made favorites. By 1955, the dressings had become so renowned that the upstairs of the restaurant became a full-scale factory. Thus the Marzetti brand of salad dressings found its way into grocery stores throughout Ohio.

The Acquisition

In 1969, the Marzetti family decided to sell the business. Bernie Gerlach of Lancaster Colony was interested. He eventually helped Lancaster Colony acquire the T. Marzetti Company. After Teresa Marzetti's death in 1972, the restaurant was closed forever, but her passion for quality still lives in Marzetti's many salad dressings and other specialty food products.

View the videos below to learn more about important people and events in Marzetti's history.

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