No one can remember the family name prior to leaving Genoa, Italy in 1782 due to a feud with the Pope. All they know is that when they left they were the Papal Dukes of San Pierre D'Arena, Genoa (had 2 castles and wealth beyond imagination), they originated in Milan and the crest goes back to the five crusades they fought in. The title is still valid but they, as a family, decided to break tradition and make up a new name for the family hence Rugeroni. Mark is now looking into the history.
The family took refuge in Gibraltar where some stayed and half the family went to Lisbon in Portugal to catch a ship to the Americas. There is still a family line in Lisbon and they had a big hotel and restaurant - so food has always been in their blood.
The Americas were inviting and half the family went to North America but the blood line went to Argentina were they settled and became a very prosperous family by way of owning newspapers, printing and all sorts of associated businesses. Again the family became very wealthy until Eva Peron's nationalism program took control of their businesses as it was in the peoples interest!
The crest and title (as per tradition) gets passed down to the eldest son, Mark is now the holder as his grandfather passed the title to his eldest son but he did not produce a male heir so the title goes to the eldest child's first son.
Mark comes from a family steeped in history and tradition but always have had a passion for food and living life to the full. Mark carries on this tradition and has used all the favours he has experienced, tasted and used old family recipes to create the Rugeroni range.