This is the story of Pèpe & Pants pasta sauce founded by Chef Rich Pèpe & Actor Joe Pantoliano. A short film by Ben Churchill.
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Childhood friends, and both from Hoboken, Joey Pantoliano (Joey Pants) and Rich Pèpe often sat around the kitchen table with their large Italian families. Over a bowl of macaroni, they’d talk of ways to become successful, and “live the American dream” just like their immigrant grandparents sought when they came to America from Southern Italy.
Fast forward to today, and we find that Joey and Pèpe have both realized their respective dreams. Joey is a respected Emmy award winning actor and Pèpe is a successful chef and restaurateur. Once again, over a bowl of macaroni, the lifelong friends concluded that the one thing they did well together was to make a great pasta sauce (or is it gravy?). So, forty years later, they have teamed up to offer you their family recipes that came over “on the boat” with their grandparents.
But these “Two Guys from Hoboken” didn’t stop in the kitchen; they decided to donate a portion of the net proceeds to support NO KIDDING, ME TOO, a celebrity advocated charity devoted to bringing awareness and compassion to mental health issues.
Pèpe & Pants Pasta Sauce is touted as the next Newman’s Own. With five sauces to choose from, online recipes to download, and a cookbook in the works, Pèpe & Pants Pasta Sauce is fast becoming one of the most popular pasta sauces in America today.