The company

La Casina was founded in1992 as a pizzeria in the pleasant S.Valentino Torio, at the heart of the “S. Marzano Valley”. Pizza and saltimbocca by La Casina, stone-oven baked by Maestro Gaetano Vastola, got soon wide recognition outside the town border, in the Sarno Valley and on the beautiful Amalfi Coast, where the saltimbocca became an alternative to pizza for restaurants. Today, as in the early period, the dough and the cooking style are the key for the success of La Casina products.
In 1996 the Vastola family started a distribution outside the Regional borders, also thanks to the adoption of MAP packaging technology for preserving food to be delivered to shops and supermarkets.
Based on learning by doing, the developed production line allows to keep both a modern efficient commercial production and a hand-crafted style, keeping original organoleptic properties of traditional pizza and other baked products.
Hand-strecthing of the dough and in-line baking_using a (patented) tunnel oven are complemented by rigid protocols (BRC), allowing La Casina to export worldwide a piece of our Land.

Our Land – the territory

Only few Italian districts exhibit development potential as the S.Marzano Valley, in the valley of the Sarno river, between Lattari and Picentini mountains, in only 170 km2 and with 270 000 inhabitants.
A compact area, open to trade and with an ancient common history. River floods and volcanic ash rains from Vesuvio are responsible for a special fertility of the land. Since over than 20 centuries this land gives extraordinary tasting vegetables and fruits. It would be enough mentioning the “San Marzano” tomato, worldwide renown and credited by scientists as a precious food for curing and preserving health.
On one hand, the rich land encouraged a dense pattern of small family-run farms, with specific farming on small plot of lands; on the other hand, more and more modern canning industries prospered.
The strategic position in the path towards Southern Italy and the rich soils allowed early settling in this territory, witnessed by archaeological and artistic findings. Nuceria Alfaterna, founded in century VI b.C., guided Lega Nocerina (Samnite confederation with Pompeii, Herculanerum, Stabia e Sorrento). Main ruines from the Roman and Paleocrhistian period include necropolises, villas, mausoleums, theaters, a still buried amphitheater.