CARMEN'S BAKERY & DELI - 1982

MAMA'S STORY

When you've been in business as long as we have, you end up with a lot of history and a long story...

Especially when Nonno or Nonna tell it!​

It all started with lasagna, Mama, and a passion for serving the community wholesome food. Over the years, Mama Yolanda's Gourmet Lasagna recipe has been served at countless family dinners and to hundreds of people at Carmen's Banquet Hall, but was orginally served by Mama herself to her family and to the neighbourhood kids of Hamilton's North end.

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MORRIS & IOLANDA MERCANTI

The recipe for Mama Yolanda's gourmet lasagna dates back seven generations in the Mercanti family.

Over all these years we have continuously perfected the way we prepare, assemble, and cook our lasagna. Not just a namesake, we've maintained Iolanda Mercanti's traditional Italian process, fine tuning it to deliver what we believe to be the world’s best frozen lasagna.

Over the past 32 years at Carmen’s Banquet Centre, our lasagna has been served to some of the world’s most famous and influential people, including past presidents of the United States Bill Clinton and George Bush, Academy Award winning actors Michael Douglas, Sophia Loren, Al Pacino, and Sylvester Stallone. Mama Yolanda’s Lasagna always made the top of their list as their favourite dish. We even got a request from Al Pacino, the Godfather himself, to send a tray of our lasagna to his home in New York when he visited Carmen’s in 2010.  

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GEORGE BUSH SR & PETER MERCANTI AT CARMEN'S - 1993

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SOPHIA LOREN AT CARMEN'S - 1999

At Mama Yolanda’s we pride ourselves in the pursuit of absolute perfection.
 

With our Gourmet Lasagna we make no exception. Each and every ingredient we use is locally sourced and of the freshest nature; all of our products are finely prepared and perfectly measured to ensure the same great taste every time you enjoy a piece of Mama Yolanda’s Gourmet Lasagna.

We traveled the globe researching, testing and comparing our lasagna recipe to similar types from all over the world. We've sampled our product with hundreds of lasagna lovers and the overwhelming response was...   

"THIS IS THE BEST LASAGNA I'VE EVER TASTED!"

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NOW

AVAILABLE

IT ALL STARTED WITH LASAGNA