The Perfect Italian Food Condiment Comes from Southern Wisconsin

The La Bella Vita Hot Sauce recipe was born when Lodi, Wisconsin resident and local pizzeria owner, P.J. Fontecchio, wanted to offer his patrons an authentic Italian condiment.  Now, it’s a customer favorite and always found on the tables at P.J. Pizzeria [hyperlink] located in the heart of Lodi. An appropriate origin for the unique hot sauce, the village of Lodi boasts an Italian heritage and its name comes from the province and region in Italy.

P.J.’s passion for all things Italian started from a very young age when he experienced the delicious flavors of his first-generation Italian American grandfather’s recipes at the family’s local restaurant. Fast-forward many years later and having a successful career as a pizzeria owner and chef, P.J. decided to turn his passion for the perfect condiment into a business. Fontecchio’s La Bella Vita Original Italian Hot Sauce was born!  

As an avid entrepreneur, P.J.’s creativity is endless. Whether it’s new sauces, fine recipes or getting back in the kitchen for the benefit of family and friends, his boundless enthusiasm and drive are what you’ll see as he continues to make his mark on the world hot sauce stage.

An Artisanal Hot Sauce

Fontecchio’s isn’t your run of the mill off the grocery shelf hot sauce. It’s an authentic Italian blend of herbs and spices with high-quality vinegar and spicy peppers to create a delightful enhancement to any meal.

Fontecchio’s hot sauces are available locally at several fine food retailers. You’ll also find your favorite hot sauce online ready for purchase as a single 5 oz. bottle, or in packs of 2, 4, or 12.  


Fontecchio’s products are gluten-free, cholesterol-free and low in sodium!


Congratulations on choosing Wisconsin’s only authentic Italian hot sauce, Fontecchio's La Bella Vita. Enjoy the good life!