The Queen of the Holy Rosary Memorial Church in LaSalle, Illinois was built by Italian immigrants in 1954–56. It was dedicated to Mary but was also a memorial to seven veterans from the parish that were killed in World War II: John Marinangeli, Richard Marinangeli, Anthony Piraino, Joseph Piraino, John Torchia, Angelo Venturi and Barney Valesano. In November of 2007, Peoria Bishop Jenky elevated the church to shrine status and made it a memorial to all veterans. It is now Queen of the Holy Rosary Veteran’s Memorial Shrine. We believe it is the only Catholic memorial to veterans in the U.S. Since a shrine has no parish, it needs to raise funds on its own for upkeep.
Dalla Campanella means “from the bell tower” in Italian. This is the original recipe from the kitchen located in the base of the bell tower of the Queen of the Holy Rosary Shrine in LaSalle, which is an authentic Italian recipe brought to the US by an immigrant Italian priest! The same beloved sauce was served at numerous parish dinners around the area. This sauce has been taste validated by those who originally helped make it back in the 1950s! The thick, rich, Bolognese-style sauce contains three meats—beef, pork and veal—with carrots, celery, onions, mushrooms and other vegetables, and it is gluten-free. For the authentic Holy Rosary Shrine experience, slowly warm in a saucepan and mix with your favorite pasta and serve with Asiago or Parmesan cheese.
Dalla Campanella was created as a convenient way to enjoy an authentic, traditional sauce without having to spend two days cooking it. 100% of the proceeds benefit the Queen of the Holy Rosary Veteran’s Shrine in LaSalle—at this time, the only known Catholic church in the USA that is a memorial to veterans.