Varino's Italian Sausage

I sell my sausages at the following markets:

Uptown Market on Tuesdays (200 Broadway at the old Uptown Square) from 9 am - 1 pm.

Bucktown Market on Fridays (across the levee from R & O’s Restaurant) from 3 pm - 7 pm.

The Ochsner Market on Wednesdays (Jefferson Hwy, in front of the Rehab Bldg.) from 3 pm - 7 pm

The Kenner Market on Saturdays (Kenner Rivertown at the end of Williams and the Mississippi River) from 9 am - 1 pm

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Michael Joseph Varino

'The Sausage Guy'



A 56+ Year-Old Family Recipe!

In 1963, my dear father, Mr. M.J. Varino and his good friend and fishing partner, Fr. Sam Polizzi, joined efforts in the fine art of making Italian sausage. Dad eventually developed what has now become our famous family recipe for homemade Italian Sausage. My father was a highly-decorated P-47 Thunderbolt fighter pilot in WWII, a Captain who flew 113 combat missions without ever getting a scratch, his only regret being that he never received the Purple Heart! Upon returning home to Monroe, LA he took over ownership of Rainbow Grocery & Market from his father, Mr. Joe Varino. My weekends and many evenings after school were spent at the family store learning the trade from my father. I give thanks to my wonderful parents for teaching me the Italian tradition of faith in God and love of family and friends.

"Grazie, mamma e papà"


A Short Bio:

Born in Monroe, LA on October 22, 1954 to M. J. 'Mike' Varino and Gussie Jacola Varino...4 wonderful siblings: Carmela, Debbie, David and Tina, 3 nieces, 2 nephews and 1 great-nephew..also wonderful!


Education: Jesus the Good Shepherd Elementary, Wossman High School, NLU & NSU

Employment: Rainbow Grocery & Market, Monroe, LA. My main career was working as a drilling fluids engineer on domestic and offshore drilling rigs from 1980 to 2000; retired in 2000 due to Multiple Sclerosis. “Yes, I have MS but MS does not have me!”

Deep faith in my Catholic religion, member of the Missionaries of Saint Thérèse since 2009


I am an actor, having received a credit for my role as 'the 35 to one guy' in 'The Big Short', have worked alongside countless actors such as George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Nicolas Cage, Andy Garcia, Tom Cruise, Sandra Bullock, Selena Gomez and many others...enjoy doing background work/extras and have worked many local films, including NCIS, etc. Most recently I had a featured role in ‘The Perfect Date’ and I also appeared in the Academy Award winning movie Green Book.



Was a contestant on Wheel of Fortune in 2015 and made it to the bonus round only to miss solving the puzzle by just one letter (close but no cigar!) At least I kissed Vanna White at the end of the show!


Filmed at Sony Studios, Culver City, California

Filmed at Sony Studios, Culver City, California


Began working the Farmers Markets in 2017 where I enjoy selling my family's famous Italian sausage! Meeting new people at the market is a joy and pleasure as well!

"No matter where my journey takes me, I am forever grateful to all those whom I have met and who have encouraged me along the way!"