Nonna Totero’s to open at Christmas House | Local News


“Marisa and I were talking on Facebook about Totero together,” Deskins said. “I said I went to the (auction) sale and bought all of Totero’s big pots. I said every time I made spaghetti I prayed for this pot – that it would come out just like the ladies at the Totero would cook it. Then Marisa contacted me. I said, ‘Why don’t we do it again?’ She said, ‘Oh, I don’t know, I’ll think about it.’

“She called me the next day and now we’re doing our business plan, logos and menus, and now I just need all the permits from the local government.”

Totero added, “Who knew that a Facebook post would lead to a common dream? After speaking with other very supportive Totero cousins, the wheels started to move. My cousin and I met Pamela at the Christmas House and fell in love with the warm and cozy mansion. Immediately after this visit, we agreed to make the dream come true. It was a unanimous plan to make it a tribute to our soft-spoken, hard-working and strong-voiced matriarch, Nonna Totero. “

Christmas House has a rich history, deep local ties

Built in 1893, the Colonial Revival-style Christmas House is a major hospitality destination for the Racine area, drawing guesthouse guests from across the United States and around the world. At 2017 Discover Wisconsin “Destination of Choice”, the Christmas House is steeped in Racine’s history.


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