About Dan Pelosi
Dan Pelosi is the Italian meatball-making-meatballs behind GrossyPelosi, the popular Instagram favorite for all things comfort and food. He is your best friend in the kitchen—actually, he’s family. Approachable and tasty, Dan’s recipes are meant to be shared with the ones you love.
Dan’s first cookbook, Let’s Eat, is available now! He hosts The Secret Sauce for Food52 and appears regularly on Good Morning America. He splits his time between Brooklyn, NY and Upstate New York, but you can find him online at @grossypelosi.
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THE GROSSY UNIVERSE
The number one question I get asked is how I got the name GrossyPelosi, so here is the story: When I was in college, the Drew Barrymore movie Never Been Kissed came out and all of my friends would lovingly call me “GrossyPelosi” as an homage to the film’s main character, Josie Grossy. Needless to say, it stuck! I think it’s hysterical, and a reminder not to take ourselves too seriously and have fun!
Bimpy, my dad’s dad, is the patriarch of the Pelosi family. His name is Felix, short for Phil, short for Philomeno, and he is nothing short of 101 years old. He has an appetite unlike anything I have ever seen, and has taught me endless ways to enjoy food along with his wife, my Grandma Katherine, who passed away years ago, but remains alive through her recipes and his stories.
My father, Bimpy and Grandma Katherine’s son, is named Tom, but we sometimes call him Bimpy, Jr. (Yes, I am prepared to be Bimpy III someday). Dad soaked up generations of cooking knowledge during his childhood and has shared it with me throughout my life. He is always joyfully pitching recipe ideas to me, many of which I have used, and always helping me become a better cook.
My dear Uncle Phil, my dad’s older brother, passed away unexpectedly in 2019, and we miss him every day. He was a big part of the Pelosi family, and lived with Bimpy until his death. While I didn’t learn anything about cooking from him (he didn’t get the gene, to be honest), I learned endless things about the world at large. I think he would be very proud of me because he was the ultimate momager to me when he was alive.
Millie, my mom’s mom, was an extremely talented seamstress, having professionally done everything from making ball gowns to upholstering furniture. She was a strong woman who was a single mom to my mom and her sister for much of their childhood. Millie was proud of everything she did and was an incredible hostess to everyone who entered her home. It’s a lesson I learned early on from her and something I am proud of.
My mother, Grandma Millie’s daughter, is named Jackie, and she somehow looks 34 despite being in her late 60s. A true goddess, she can be found cooking her way through the fridge while cleaning her entire kitchen while also helping her next door neighbor while also volunteering at her local food pantry. Yes, all at the same time. She is absolutely goals and I am grateful to have learned as much as I have from her, most of it I will be sharing here with you.
I was convinced when I was a little kid that Aunt Chris, my mom’s older sister, served up the best glass of whole milk in town. She did not have cows, or really any different access to milk than the rest of us, but somehow I looked forward to going to her house for that cold glass of whole milk. Over the years I have added many things to the list of things that only Aunt Chris could make, and if that isn't the best part of having an aunt, I don’t know what is.
A proud mom of three amazing kids, my older sister Diana manages to literally do it all. She is a professor at Brown University, always dedicated to making sure her family has everything they need, an incredibly creative cook, and is one of the funniest people I know. When we were kids, she always let me play with her friends and her dolls, and even let me cater for her sleepovers with late-night snacks. She has always understood her little brother like no one else.
I met Gus, my sweet angel of a boyfriend, in the Spring of 2021, in the midst of Covid and the midst of the GrossyPelosi brand explosion. Talk about jumping into the fire! He has quickly become a key part of my life that I didn’t know was missing, but now never want to be without. He is supportive in all the best ways, but my favorite moments are when we can pause the day and make breakfast together in our robes.
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OUR COMMITMENT TO SAGE
This Too Shall Pasta Merch was created by Dan Pelosi (@grossypelosi) in April 2020 as a way to support the LGBTQ+ elder community get through COVID-19. A portion of proceeds from all Grossy Merch is donated to SAGE - The country's oldest and largest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT+ older people. To-date we’ve raised over 70k for SAGE!
The LBGT+ Elder community is 2x less likely to be partnered and 4x less likely to have children. They are extremely self-isolated, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 is the second global pandemic that this community has faced in their lifetime after AIDS.
Sage used the money donated thus far from our merchandise sales in part to feed their community through thousands of meal deliveries, as well as provide virtual medical services and digital programming.