Tell Sun of Italy why you love Baltimore

Sun of Italy, a Baltimore-based provider of Italian foods, has launched a contest that invites Baltimoreans to share their hometown pride online for a chance to win one of three "Charm City prizes."

The prizes include dinner for four at La Scala in Little Italy, a year's worth of free olive oil and an appearance in a 15-second commercial on Fox 45 and $200 in Sun of Italy merchandise.

Dubbed BaltAmore, the contest is designed to build local and regional awareness of the family-owned and operated Sun of Italy brand.

The contest started on Tuesday and continues through Feb. 28. To participate in the contest go to

Now headquartered in Hopkins Bayview, Sun of Italy has been run by five generations of the Pastore family. The company manufactures a variety of products, recognizable by their bright yellow packaging, including olive oil, Italian seasonings, pizza shells and spaghetti sauce. Products are currently available in stores across Pennsylvania, Washington, Virginia and Maryland.

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