Sunday, December 18, 2022

Wishbone Italian Salad Dressing Story History


Phillip Solommi


Next time you use or see a bottle of that American classic bottle Salad Dressing, WISHBONE ITALIAN DRESSING you will have something that is a creation out of the ITALIAN ENCLAVES. While Wishbone is decidedly American Mainstream it was created by a family that immigrated from Sicily to Cleveland, Ohio. Lena Sollomi and her family used this vinaigrette in their home, recipe said to have come from their town in Sicily. Sicilian cuisine is known for these types of marinades and dressing, like the famous Salmoriglio. Lena's son Philip after a stint in the Army landed in the Kansas City area. Also, an Italian enclave. He opened various restaurants and one of them was the WISHBONE Restaurant.

One of his dishes was pairing Fried Chicken with this Salad Dressing his mother used to make. The dressing was used on chicken and also on salads and it became so popular in the restaurant he started to make huge quantities of it and sell it from the restaurant. Around the beginning of the 1950's the Salad dressing sales were making so much money for the family they sold the restaurant and began to mass produce it as the dressing we know today. Subsequently Sollomi sold the business to a huge corporation for millions. He realized the American dream that his parents immigrated from Sicily to America imagined for their children. Whether you like or dislike the bottled dressing, that's not the real story here. The real story is how our immigrant ancestors came to the USA in search of a better life for their families and how they achieved their successes, big and small.

The Wishbone Restaurant

Kansas City





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