V. La Rosa and Sons Macaroni Company
IndustryFood Manufacturing
Founded1914; 110 years ago (1914)
FounderVincenzo La Rosa
Warminster, Pennsylvania
United States
Pasta extruder at the Warminster, Pennsylvania, factory

V. La Rosa and Sons Macaroni Company was founded in 1914 by Vincenzo La Rosa, a Sicilian immigrant.[1][2] The company eventually became one of the largest regional brands in the United States producing over 40 varieties of pasta.


Starting in the United States as a butcher, Vincenzo noticed an increased demand for macaroni during World War I, so he started making it in the back of his shop in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. The company opened a pasta factory at 473 Kent Avenue in Brooklyn using an extruder made by I. DeFrancisci & Son, now called DEMACO. As the company grew, additional plants were added at 40 Jacksonville Road, Warminster, Pennsylvania, and 90 Wauregan Road, Danielson, Connecticut.

Vincenzo La Rosa was considered an innovator in the development of the packaged foods industry in the United States as he was an early pioneer in food packaging and distribution. Prior to V. La Rosa, pasta was distributed in bulk throughout the neighborhoods of New York. V. La Rosa introduced packaged pasta into these markets.

American Italian Pasta Company eventually acquired the La Rosa brand.

Tharinger Macaroni Company

In 1959, La Rosa purchased Tharinger Macaroni Company, makers of White Pearl brand, and acquired their factory at 3372 North Holton Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Tharinger started about 1916. The White Pearl brand was trademarked in the US in 1924 by Tharinger, but was started about 1869.

Tharinger was the successor to Lorenz Bros Macaroni Company, the original makers of White Pearl brand.


  1. ^ Natham, Joan. La Rosa International Pasta Cookbook (New York: Dorison House Publishers, Inc., 1977), p. 5.
  2. ^ Guilds' committee for Federal Writers' Publications, Inc. The Italians of New York (1938), p. 183.