BARRE, Vt. (WCAX) In a former manufacturing building in Barre lies a taste of Italy.
Bob Campo Sr.
"It's just a real family community operation here," said Bob Campo Jr.
It's Campo di Vino, the makers of ravioli. Bob Campo Jr. and his wife Michele own the business. They're the kids at the place. The senior staffers are Michele's parents, Conrad and Bea, and the oldest on the line is Bob Campo Sr.
Reporter Joe Carroll: You're 92?
Bob Campo Sr: 92 and-a-half.
Bob Sr. came with the business when it first started 10 years ago. "We're the B and B team," he said. Bea does the counting and Conrad is the deep freeze man.
December was a very busy month. "It was crazy, I mean, it was hard to keep up filling the stores and try to keep up with the volume we go through for the month of December," Michele said. "Just the meat alone -- because that's our number one seller -- we did 14,000 ravioli just in the month of December."
That meant long days and few days off to keep up with the Christmas rush. "It's an enjoyment, it's not a job. It's an enjoyment to come over here and work," said Bob Sr.
Today the family is making three-cheese ravioli. Michele and the elder Bob are a team on the pasta hopper. "He's always my calming support," Michele said.
Reporter Joe Carroll: What does he bring to this place?
Bob Campo Jr.: Oh man, my dad brings everything here. He's just a calming source, just a real patient guy.
Bob Sr. was born and raised right here in Barre, but when war broke out, he and so many of his generation, went off to war. He was a radioman in the Navy fighting the Japanese.
'That's my ship, the USS - LSM 67," Bob Sr. said. "We'd go onto the beach, have the bow doors open and the ramp come down."
Man and machine would pour onto the beach. They were open targets.
Reporter Joe Carroll: You saw people die?
Bob Campo Sr.: Yup.
Bob Sr. helped liberate the Philippines.
Reporter Joe Carroll: Do you think you value life more when you see it taken away so quickly?
Bob Campo Sr.: Oh yeah, definitely. That's why I don't understand a lot of the young people are doing nowadays when they get caught up with either alcohol or drugs.
Bob came back to Barre, married a local girl, and raised a family. He didn't talk much about the war or the friends he lost.
Reporter Joe Carroll: Does that get you emotional just thinking what he went through?
Bob Campo Jr.: Yeah, They didn't call them the greatest generation for nothing.
As you can see, Bob Is very proud of his dad, and he says blessed that the family can all be together.
Reporter Joe Carroll: Are you tired at the end of the day?
Bob Campo Sr.: Pleasantly tired.
The ravioli may be tasty, but the family time together fills the soul.