Sacramento, CA – Today, Senator Mike McGuire and the entire State Senate recognized a Northern California legend, Art Ibleto – the Pasta King. Art was recognized for his decades of contributions and generosity to his community.
“The Pasta King’s life story, his generous contribution to community and his achievements – all earned, never given to him – are why we’re coming together to honor his great work,” Senator McGuire said during the acknowledgement. “From the beginning like most who have immigrated to this amazing country, Art has always given back. He made his hometown, his county and our state stronger – through his generous spirit, his love of community and his love for people. For the past several decades, Mr. Ibleto has, on thousands of occasions, provided free meals to fundraising events, raising millions for worthwhile causes and our region’s most vulnerable.”
Mr. Ibleto is an Italian immigrant born in Argentina and raised in Northern Italy. He was only 11 years old when dictator, Benito Mussolini thrust Italy into World War II. At the Age of 17 Mr. Ibleto joined the Italian Army, but later fled and joined the resistance, slowing the German Army’s deadly march on his home country.
Mr. Ibleto immigrated to the United States in 1949 and he has lived in Sonoma County ever since. Now 91, Art has always been driven and has managed several enterprises including a butcher shop, Christmas tree lot, and limousine service, prior to opening the renowned Ibleto’s Spaghetti Palace on the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Since the 1970’s Mr. Ibleto has distinguished himself as a prominent restaurateur, caterer, maker of fine fresh and frozen Italian foods, and wine-grape grower.
Throughout the North Bay Firestorm, and during many other tough times for our community, Art Ibleto generously gave back to his community by providing nourishing food to people in need and all at no price.
Attached photo: Senator McGuire, Senator Bill Dodd and Assemblymember Marc Levine presented Art Ibleto with an official Legislative Resolution for his many years of commitment to his community.