A Story of Invention

Andrew Daniel Iannuzzi - Printer, Publisher and Inventor

Andrew Daniel IannuzziThis is the story of Andrew Daniel Iannuzzi, a “Ravioli” loving inventor in his own right, who, for over twenty years, harboured an idea for mass producing a whole week’s supply of ravioli in the home, within the time that normally is available to every housewife or husband, for making one normal meal of ravioli. Andrew Iannuzzi was born of Italian parents in 1905 in Lachine, Quebec. He graduated from the Archbishop’s Academy in Montreal, Quebec.At the age of 20, he developed a particular interest in newspaper printing and commenced employment with the Italian Press in Montreal. The paper was called “L’ITALIA”.

A few years later, when the company bought a semi-rotary press, Iannuzzi, anxious not to let an opportunity pass him by, told the proprietors that he was familiar with the operation of such a press and wanted to be in charge of the department. When the mechanics came to install the press, Iannuzzi asked them to teach him everything they possibly could about it, and two months later, after helping and working the long hours installing the press from the blueprints and learning the techniques, he became a very knowledgeable rotary pressman and typesetterIannuzzi having fallen in love with Mary Pons married her in 1926 and started down the path of success.

Iannuzzi found he had always wanted to be his own boss and ten years later he got an opportunity to buy the plant on reasonable terms. Three years later, Iannuzzi owned the company and the newspaper outright. The Second World War was declared on June 10, 1940. Italy having sided with the Germans, cast suspicion on Italians in other parts of the world. In Montreal, Canada, that resulted in 285 Italian “enemy alliens” being taken to a concentration camp in Petawawa, Ontario. He was held there for approximately two and a half years.

After being released from the concentration camp, he found that he had lost everything, including any capital he had, including the plant. The government confiscated all he had when he was arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He had to start all over again. He went to work for the Montreal Daily Star as a linotype operator.

Five years later he saved enough money to open a modern priniting plant with two other partners and started “Allied Press Limited” in Montreal, offering multilingual typesetting services to the United Nations, from the International Labour Organizations and succeeded in getting contracts for several million dollars. After five years he decided to sell and go into another business for himself, without partners.

Iannuzzi opened a commercial printing plant called “D.A. IANNUZZI and Sons Inc.”, with his son Paul as a partner and in 1950 started a weekly Italian language newspaper in Montreal, the “LA VERITA” (The Truth).

Gradually the expanded business went into the Ontario market, where the majority of the newspapers were being sold. His son, Dan went to Toronto to start another publishing business, founding the “CORRIERE CANADESE”. This flourished so well that Iannuzzi Sr. decided to merge his business within Toronto. A new company was formed called “DAISONS” Press Limited”, which was derived from the former company name.

In the following years the last two sons, John and Arnold, joined the company after graduating from the Montreal Printing Academy where they served their apprenticeship.

Andrew Iannuzzi retired in 1962, leaving a legacy to his sons, Paul, Dan, John and Arnold, and his daughters, Jenny, Tina, and Angela.

Paul was V.P./General Manager of Daisons Rotary Printing Company, specializing in flyer productions. Dan was the Founder-Publisher of Corriere Canadese, the Italian Daily Newspaper and Founder of CFMT-TV, the Multilingual Television Channel. John operated his own electronic typesetting company, called Fotoset Limited. Arnold owned and operated Monitor Press Limited, a commercial printing company.

Restless in Retirement…

Andrew Iannuzzi, being of Italian descent and an ardent ravioli eater, found considerable fault with the conventional method of making ravioli. A normal meal for a family is about 50 to 60 ravioli, which would take the wife or husband a complete afternoon to prepare and make.

After a few years in retirement, Iannuzzi renewed his struggle with the idea and prototype he had developed in the concentration camp, a roller that could make large quantities of ravioli at one time without difficulty.

Iannuzzi’s “RAVIOLI ROLLER” became a patented invention and after numerous engineering tests, it was initally manufactured by the General Electric Company, Plastics Division.

The “Ravioli Roller” enabled you to make approximately a hundred and fifty within a half hour. This covered all the time required from the moment you started to the completion before cooking. Each ravioli in the form of little cushions filled with any number of delicious fillings.

These “Ravioli Rollers” were marketed in Italian food stores, supermarkets and specialty shops across Canada. Many buyers also used it to make piroshki, won ton, appetizers, cookies, puff pastries and many filled recipies.

In honor of our father, Andrew Iannuzzi, who passed away in 1992, we reintroduced a new and improved “Ravioli Roller” to the market place in 1997, “The Year of Family Tradition”.

The Arnco Ravioli Roller and Cookie Cutter, “Sold The World Over”.


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