Our History
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Our History

Our History

Our story started over 90 years ago with two Italian immigrants and has become a true American success story. Follow our history from then to now.

 

1917: San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood thrives

Following the great earthquake of 1906, Italian immigrants from the coastal fishing villages along the Gulf of Genoa and the Ligurian Sea began settling in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco. The proximity of the area to the Bay was perfect for what they did for a living in Italy – fishing. The mild year-round climate and cool ocean breezes were very similar to those coastal villages in Italy – making the area ideal for something else: salame making. Our Tuscan founders, Peter Domenici and Enrico Parducci, saw an opportunity to bring a taste of their home to the neighborhood and began making salame, just as they did in Italy. Founded in 1917, Columbus, San Francisco Sausage Company as it was known then, started here in a two-room flat, but maintaining perfect temperature for the intricate curing process was absolutely essential. That meant windows were opened. And closed. And opened again. Moving salame from one corner to the next. The humble beginnings of our salame making began to take shape.