Elisa Costantini

elisa-costantiniAfter the loss of her husband of 56 years to cancer, Elisa realized she wanted to make sure she could remain financially independent, and although she continues to work with Special Needs Teens and Adults for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia where she has devoted her life to serving others for 36 years. She realized this wasn’t enough.

Elisa’s rustic and authentic recipes will bring the old world charm of the Italian countryside to your table. For individuals who want great tasting dishes with simple ingredients, this 76-year old shares her simple and foolproof process of making these Italian favorite.

She was born in August 1938 to farmers, Alfredo and Maria Fantozzi, in Poggio Valle, a small town in the province of Teramo, located in the Abruzzo region of Italy. As the second daughter, and one of six children, she learned to cook at a very young age. At 6-years old, she was sent to work for her aunt who was a local caterer. Today, she continues to use the same simple ingredients to create the most wonderful family dinners and desserts.