BY: LOUIS LOMBARDI
For veteran actor Louis Lombardi, food is more than just a quick meal or bite to eat. Lombardi, a well-versed actor from hit television shows like “24” and “The Sopranos” and films like “The Usual Suspects,” recently announced the creation of a gourmet food line bearing his namesake.
Although his line of pasta sauces and olives may seem ordinary from a distance, Lombardi says his products are meant to be used differently.
“Lombardi’s [Gourmet Foodline] wants to bring families back to the dinner table,” Lombardi told DIG.
A native of the Bronx in New York City, Lombardi said that the dinner table was the place where his family met every night to discuss the happenings of the day.
“When we got to the dinner table, we talked and hugged,” Lombardi said. “We used to sit [at the dinner table] for hours.”
Citing the importance of the dinner table in his childhood, Lombardi believes his new line of pasta sauces and olives will help change the way people view food.
“When I was young, there were no kids with health issues,” he said. “It’s because of what we’re feeding them. It’s poisoning and killing our youth. If you eat bad, you feel bad.”
Lombardi believes his products will change the way modern families interact by creating a line of affordable foods that give families the opportunity to cook.
Lombardi’s love of food evolved from his childhood into his early adult life.
Throughout Lombardi’s formative years in Hollywood, good food was always the underpinning.
Lombardi said when he first moved to southern California, cooking for other up-and-coming actors led to meaningful friendships.
“Guys remember me from 20 years ago,” he said. “I would cook for...10 guys every night.”
In addition to cooking, Lombardi has a passion for talking to young actors and telling them about his experiences in the field.
“Being an actor is 10 percent acting and 90 percent hustling,” he said on his website. Lombardi explained that much of his success in Hollywood came from his no-quit attitude.
“I don’t care how many movies you’ve done,” he said. “ If you aren’t out there everyday talking to people, you’ll never be successful.”
Hustling, according to Lombardi, is getting up everyday with the same enthusiasm and working as hard as possible.
“I succeeded in one of the hardest businesses in the world,” Lombardi said. “It wasn’t by choice but by chance.”
In 2008 Lombardi wrote, directed, and starred in “Doughboys,” a film about two Bronx brothers who are trying to run a family bakery.
“A lot of that movie is from growing up,” he said.
Lombardi said he wrote a version of the “Doughboys” script more than 15 years before it was made. It was his no-quit attitude that drove the film into production.
“[There’s] nothing worse than a quitter,” he said. “If you try your hardest, you’re still a winner.”
According to Lombardi’s website, “Doughboys” won the Audience Choice Award at the Staten Island Film.
In addition to starring in his own films, Lombardi continues to appear in recent TV shows like “Entourage” and “Monk.”
Lombardi recently had the opportunity to work with Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck in the new Brad Furman-directed film, “Runner Runner.”
“It was great even working with Justin Timberlake,” Lombardi said. “He puts his all into it.”
Looking to the future, Lombardi hopes “to expand to be around for 100 years,” he said jokingly.
For more information about the food line, visit Lombardi’s website atlombardiusa.com.