A Little Italian in Everything They Make

Reader Amy was in an Italian restaurant in Summerville, South Carolina last week, saw this ad in the bathroom, and took a picture because she figured I’d appreciate it:

(I love how she saw this ad and immediately thought of me…)

It seems only natural that they would put babies in spaghetti sauce. All the better to appease the FSM.

Out of sheer curiosity, I called Stanislaus Food Products to see if they had a better image of the ad (or more in the series) and I was told they discontinued this particular campaign because some people didn’t seem to like it… WTF?!

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • http://onefuriousllama.com/ One Furious Llama

    Well, it certainly wasn’t a bunch of baby eating atheists that complained. Which just leaves ‘you know who’…

  • Jennifer K.

    mmm little Italians are delicious!

  • http://twitter.com/fildegard oscar gonzalez

    The fact that the baby’s wearing the Mario (from the videogame) overalls makes it double delicious!

  • Jcravens

    Ramen!

  • Kevin_Of_Bangor

    That kid has a weird shaped head.

  • Kevin_Of_Bangor

    That kid has a weird shaped head.

  • http://profiles.google.com/tbourqueulc Thomas Bourque

    I’m suing them for false advertising. My can contained NO BABY MEAT WHATSOEVER!

    • http://happycat.pip.verisignlabs.com/ Chris aka Happy Cat

      If you want the real thing you’ll need to visit Taco Bell.

  • David McNerney

    How the hell do they know they don’t like babies, if they’ve never tried one.

  • Matteo Watkins

    Ok… wow, I was amazed to see that photo pop up on the FA site… that kid is Lino Sotille, from Sonoma CA.  His dad took the photo of him decades ago, and that was the poster for the restaurant that his dad owned.  It was called Pasta Nostra in Sonoma CA.  I was the chef at that restaurant for about 3 years back in the mid eighties… Stanislaus food must have purchased the rights to use the photo for their own purposes, but it was originally the poster for Pasta Nostra Restaurant.  Small world.  The kid(s) (he has a sister named Chiara who also posed for a poster as an infant…with a cheese grater and a load of parmesan that said something like “Pasta Nostra, where we’re a little grater” …not so good…but she’s a Columbia graduate now and a gorgeous one at that, so she did ok despite her poster) is in his late twenties by now!  That poster hangs proudly in my mom’s guest bathroom!  Weird.

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  • Darkattic

    Im the baby in the picture i have original prints, let me know if you are interested in one.

    • your mom

      Ismael you dirty mexican…