Roma Bottling Works
The beverages of the Roma Bottling Co., including its premium Skipper Beverages, were at one time distributed throughout Western Pennsylvania.
Ugo Sodini was one of the men at the helm of Roma, which once stood on Vine Street in the Hill District. His father, Jacob Sodini, an Italian immigrant from the province of Tuscany, founded the company in 1908. Sodini was a known craftsman in the soda industry and mixed to the proper specifications. He also was one of the pioneers to first add vanilla to his creme soda formula.
The great Ugo H. Sodini Sr., of Baldwin Borough, a former co-owner of the Roma Bottling Co., passed away back in 2005, and today, the soft-drink bottling plant is the location of “Roma Lofts” eight recently constructed upscale apartments and condos. For now, the Roma Bottling plant and the story behind the Skipper soda brand is only a memory. As a result, we are left with the great artifacts and collectables that will keep the legend of Jacob and Ugo Sodini and their American dream never-ending.
When I received my first Skipper Beverages bottle in my collection, the main thing that stood out to me was that catchy slogan on the back of each bottle “Its Soda-Licious” I can just picture Ugo preaching this fancy phrase with his customers and those young kids riding their bikes up and down Vine avenue.
A Pittsburgh Newspaper article about the safe being stolen from Roma Bottling works in 1921: https://www.newspapers.com/clip/6300604/roma_bottling_works_co_jacob_sodini/
A 1910 Roma Bottling Seltzer bottle in the Heinz Museum in Pittsburgh: http://museumcollections.heinzhistorycenter.org/people/1607/roma-bottling-works-company-inc;jsessionid=565B6B0CAC7AE0E1935CF6626C119CAA/objects
Skipper Bottle in the museum of American Glass:
Some Vintage Soda Collectables from Roma Bottling/Skipper Beverages