Originally Posted by Aunt Bea
Probably because mare or maris is Latin for the sea or of the sea and frutti di mare is the fruit of the sea or seafood!
This is the story I was told or heard over the years as to the origin of Marinara sauce.
When the men were returning home from the sea, the women could see the ships on the horizon and knew their men would be home very soon.
So they hurried back home and made a quick tomato sauce so they could be back on the docks when the ship or ships arrived.
This is what was told to me.
It makes sense, but who knows?