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A look ahead: Bimbo’s meat sauce is back

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on June 21, 2013 at 1:38 pm with No Comments »
June 21, 2013 1:41 pm
Jerry Rosi, cooking meat sauce in Bimbo's (2000).
Jerry Rosi, cooking meat sauce in Bimbo’s (2000).

One of the first meals I had when being recruited to the News Tribune in 1988 was at Bimbo’s in downtown Tacoma.

Sports editor Pete Wevurski took me there, and it was a brilliant call. I’d have said ‘yes’ to most anything after pasta with Bimbo’s meat sauce.

In 2001, that restaurant – part of Jerry Rosi’s family for more than 80 years – was bought by the city, which wanted to build a convention center there. Sadly, they never did, but Bimbo’s was gone.

Now 68, Rosi still loves cooking for people. Two days ago, he cooked a hundred quarts of meat sauce and helped serve it at the Tacoma Misson, which once stood alongside Bimbo’s.

“The recipe came from Italy, with my uncle,” Rosi said. “It’s never been written down.”

Good news for Bimbo’s fans. Rosi is cooking that meat sauce again – every Saturday morning at Stadium Thriftway (618 N 1st St) in the deli kitchen. Quarts of it are sold for $12.98 as long as it lasts, which isn’t long.

“I make about 32 quarts in a day, and I work one day a week, sometimes two,” Rosi said.

If you’d like to read more about Rosi and Bimbo’s, check out Saturday’s column.

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