About Us

Bella Chi-Cha is a family owned business in Santa Cruz, CA.  The Townsend family works together to create and distribute the fine sauces and tortas that bear the Bella Chi-Cha name.  Brenda Townsend is the driving force behind the business.  She brings more than 20 years of foodservice experience to the Bella Chi-Cha kitchen.  Aided by her husband, Andrew, and their 3 children, Brenda is determined that everyone will have a chance to taste her delightful creations.

Bella Chi-Cha recipes are infused with southern Italian flavor. They combine Sicily’s sun-kissed apricots, figs and pine nuts, and Naples’s subtle cheeses and perfectly ripened tomatoes. These ingredients are delicately combined in Bella Chi-Cha’s pestos and creamy tortas. The recipes originate from the Russo Italian family, which began distributing gourmet delicacies in 1986.

Ask for our pesto sauces and spreads by name.  “Hey, where’s the Bella Chi-Cha?”