Rita Romano is a native of Bari, Italy and the youngest of ten children born into a family with a deep appreciation for the culinary arts. She also lived in Naples and La Spezia. At age 10, she immigrated to the United States. Later, while employed by Alitalia Airlines, Rita traveled to Europe often. In 1980, she moved to Phoenix, Arizona, and after leaving the airline industry, in 1990 Rita operated three Italian restaurants, specializing in pasta. She published Sauces for Pasta Lovers and started an Italian cooking school. Her other books are Italian Entrée for Protein Lover Main and Ciao Tesoro! which includes her family’s legacy recipes.