Little Italy Pasta

Pasta, Panini and Catering

July 23, 2014
by Gerry
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Wow, Taste of Edmonton really is a great time. Tonnes of food, more people watching than you can shake a stick at and of course meeting all kinds of interesting people.   I had to chuckle a bit yesterday after I encountered a few people that came by our booth for some food and would thank us in what they thought was Italian but actually were speaking Spanish.  It’s okay, I appreciate the effort. So I mentioned yesterday that I would post my favorite things to eat.  So if you’re coming down to Taste of Edmonton, here are some of the samples that I really enjoyed.  The Dry Spicy Chicken from Lingnan, The Chicken Burritos from Three Amigos, The Deep Fried Crab & Cream Cheese Wontons from Panda Hut, Cauliflower 65 from Guru and Beef Shortrib from Norman’s.  There are really lots of great eats, you just have to come out and try them.  Okay, another busy day ahead awaits, time to get to it.
TODAY’S  UberFact: The technical term for “butt crack” is “intergluteal cleft.”

THE PASTAS: includes garden salad w/ House Balsamic Vinaigrette or Ranch & Garlic Toast –Add Caesar Salad $0.50

Cheese Tortellini  $8.45 Half  $11.45 Full

Mushroom Cream Linguine $8.45 Half  $11.45 Full

Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce $8.45 Half  $11.45 Full

Spaghetti w/Tomato Sauce $7.50 Half $10.50 Full

TODAY’S SOUPS: Includes Garlic Toast Small $4.70 Large $6.15

No soup today.

THE SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.25

Sensational Spicy Sausages  $1.50

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00

July 22, 2014
by Gerry
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Day 6

Well yesterday was pretty epic at the Taste of Edmonton.  The weather was fantastic all day long and into the night. The beautiful people of Edmonton came out in droves.  Now, there is a lot to do, so I can’t go on too long here.  However, tomorrow, I will let you know what my favorite things to eat at Taste are.  As for today, come one out and say hello.  The A-Team is doing a bang up job here at the cafe.

TODAY’S  UberFact: Nutella was invented during WWII, when an Italian pastry maker mixed hazelnuts into chocolate to extend his chocolate ration.

THE PASTAS: includes garden salad w/ House Balsamic Vinaigrette or Ranch & Garlic Toast –Add Caesar Salad $0.50

Baked Pasticcio  $8.45 Half  $11.45 Full

Mushroom Beef Tortellini  $8.45 Half  $11.45 Full

Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce $8.45 Half  $11.45 Full

Spaghetti w/Tomato Sauce $7.50 Half $10.50 Full

TODAY’S SOUPS: Includes Garlic Toast Small $4.70 Large $6.15

No soup today.

THE SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.25

Sensational Spicy Sausages  $1.50

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00

July 21, 2014
by Gerry
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The Goodfellas

Having a wonderful time at Taste of Edmonton, Hope to see you here this week. The A-Team is looking after the cafe!
TODAY’S  Espresso Fact: Espresso was first invented in the early 1900s as a way to decrease workers’ coffee break time.
THE PASTAS: includes garden salad w/ House Balsamic Vinaigrette or Ranch & Garlic Toast –Add Caesar Salad $0.50

Sausage Rotini w/Tomato Sauce  $8.45 Half  $11.45 Full

Linguine Alfredo  $8.45 Half  $11.45 Full

Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce $8.45 Half  $11.45 Full

Spaghetti w/Tomato Sauce $7.50 Half $10.50 Full

TODAY’S SOUPS: Includes Garlic Toast Small $4.70 Large $6.15

No soup today.

THE SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.25

Sensational Spicy Sausages  $1.50

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00

July 18, 2014
by Gerry
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And We’re Off…..

Well day one at Taste of Edmonton is in the books and overall, it was a much smoother day than last year for us.  Last year was tough being our first Taste and all, but this year, smooth sailing and when 11am rolled around, we were already serving up hot tasty Mushroom Cream Sausage Rotini and Affogato.  The rain was a bit of a wet blanket it you will, but all in all, Paolo, Rocco and myself had a blast. We even got a little play on the online version of the Edmonton Sun, so that’s not too shabby.  Today should be crazier with the kickoff of K-Days and the parade bringing thousands to the site first thing.  So, we’ll have at it, and hope for a fun and busy weekend.  Hope to see you here, and at the cafe where the A-team is looking after things!
TODAY’S  UberFact: Cartoon characters on cereal boxes are designed to look at children in the cereal aisle.
THE PASTAS: includes garden salad w/ House Balsamic Vinaigrette or Ranch & Garlic Toast –Add Caesar Salad $0.50

Baked Shells w/ Beef & Ricotta  $8.45 Half  $11.45 Full

Mushroom Cream Fettuccine  $8.45 Half  $11.45 Full

Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce $8.45 Half  $11.45 Full

Spaghetti w/Tomato Sauce $7.50 Half $10.50 Full

TODAY’S SOUPS: Includes Garlic Toast Small $4.70 Large $6.15

Nonna Rosa Chicken

THE SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.25

Sensational Spicy Sausages  $1.50

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00

July 17, 2014
by Gerry
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Let’s Get Ready To Taste!!!!

Here we go!!!!  Taste of Edmonton kicks off today at 11amish.  I say 11amish, because we can’t serve anything until Alberta Health Services signs off on our setup.  The opening day is pretty hectic with vendors scrambling to get the final touches in place and organizers trying to get everything in place.  It’s a huge undertaking for sure.  Once it starts though, it just a really good time.  I have enjoyed being at Taste as a patron and now in my 2nd year as a vendor.  I’m also looking forward to working along with Paolo Pucci and Rocca Saad.  If you come down to Churchill Square over the next 10 days, be sure to stop in and say hello.  Back at the cafe, the A-Team of Aline, Angie and Amanda will look after your lunch needs in Acheson.  Have a great day!

TODAY’S  Taste of Edmonton Fact: The first Taste of Edmonton was in 1984, making this it’s 30th year and is now North America’s largest food festival.

THE PASTAS: includes garden salad w/ House Balsamic Vinaigrette or Ranch & Garlic Toast –Add Caesar Salad $0.50

Sausage Fusilli  w/Tomato Sauce  $8.45 Half  $11.45 Full

Mushroom Cream Cheese Tortellini  $8.45 Half  $11.45 Full

Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce $8.45 Half  $11.45 Full

Spaghetti w/Tomato Sauce $7.50 Half $10.50 Full

TODAY’S SOUPS: Includes Garlic Toast Small $4.70 Large $6.15

Nonna Rosa Chicken

THE SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.25

Sensational Spicy Sausages  $1.50

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00

July 16, 2014
by Gerry
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Twas The Night Before Taste

It’s like Christmas Eve in July for me.  I’m sure Paolo and Rocco feel the same.  Tomorrow is the start of this year’s Taste of Edmonton and we are so excited to be joining forces to bring what we hope will be a tasty experience for all of you coming out to get your taste on.  For those of you that don’t know them, Paolo & Rocco send their days working at the Italian Centre Shop in the West end and for the next 10 days and nights the guys will be my partners at Taste of Edmonton.  Our menu has the return of Mushroom Cream Sausage Rotini which was a big hit last year.  This year we are mixing it up as we bring in our spin on the refreshing Affogato which has delicious espresso coffee poured over vanilla ice cream.  We think it will be a hit with these hot summer days and nights expected over the next 10 days or so.  Since I’ll be spending the majority of my time at Taste, the cafe will be looked after by the bellas Aline, Angie & Amanda, or as they have dubbed themselves: The New A-Team.  No word on who will be B.A. Baracus.  Ok, lots to do, see you at noon and I want to see as many of you at Taste of Edmonton.
TODAY’S  UberFact: Lady Gaga’s favorite drink is Jameson whiskey on the rocks.  I have to say, that’s kinda hot.
THE PASTAS: includes garden salad w/ House Balsamic Vinaigrette or Ranch & Garlic Toast –Add Caesar Salad $0.50

Beef Raviolli w/Tomato Sauce  $8.45 Half  $11.45 Full

Radiatori Alfredo  $8.45 Half  $11.45 Full

Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce $8.45 Half  $11.45 Full

Spaghetti w/Tomato Sauce $7.50 Half $10.50 Full

TODAY’S SOUPS: Includes Garlic Toast Small $4.70 Large $6.15

Cream of Mushroom

THE SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.25

Sensational Spicy Sausages  $1.50

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00

July 15, 2014
by Gerry
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July 15th

To the families of Nathan O’Brien & Alvin and Kathy Liknes, our thoughts, prayers and condolences are with you all.
THE PASTAS: includes garden salad w/ House Balsamic Vinaigrette or Ranch & Garlic Toast –Add Caesar Salad $0.50

Baked Gemelli Bolognese  $8.45 Half  $11.45 Full

Mushroom Cream Fettuccine  $8.45 Half  $11.45 Full

Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce $8.45 Half  $11.45 Full

Spaghetti w/Tomato Sauce $7.50 Half $10.50 Full

TODAY’S SOUPS: Includes Garlic Toast Small $4.70 Large $6.15

Cream of Mushroom

THE SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.25

Sensational Spicy Sausages  $1.50

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00

July 14, 2014
by Gerry
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Three More Sleeps

Well, the Germans are the kings of the soccer world.  They won their 4th title yesterday, so to them, we go Black, Red & Gold for our colours today…..Oh boy, now it’s the calm before the storm.  Tomorrow, we start loading equipment into our booth at the Taste of Edmonton site.  Plus, we start picking up product and prepping for launch on Thursday morning at 11am.  Oh ya, on top of that the cafe will still ben running regular hours here in Acheson, just like last year.   It’s going to be a rush, hectic, but a rush….Friday was an amazing day as many of you came to our 3rd birthday.  There were lineups, pans of Mac N Cheese and cake flying out the door.  It was fantastic. Thank you to all that came in.  Now, time to get today’s lunch on the go.  See you at noon.

Today’s UberFact: The inventor of the chocolate chip cookie sold the idea to Nestlé Toll House in exchange for a lifetime supply of chocolate.

THE PASTAS: includes garden salad w/ House Balsamic Vinaigrette or Ranch & Garlic Toast –Add Caesar Salad $0.50

Baked Chicken Pasticcio  $8.45 Half  $11.45 Full

Mushroom Cream Radiatori  $8.45 Half  $11.45 Full

Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce $8.45 Half  $11.45 Full

Spaghetti w/Tomato Sauce $7.50 Half $10.50 Full

TODAY’S SOUPS: Includes Garlic Toast Small $4.70 Large $6.15

Cream of Mushroom

THE SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.25

Sensational Spicy Sausages  $1.50

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00

July 11, 2014
by Gerry
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Thank You!!!!

Well, what do I say?  Quite simply, THANK YOU.  To everyone that has ever come thru our doors and ordered a meal.  To everyone that has called us and asked for catering.  To every school hot lunch coordinator that has called us to feed their students.  To every telemarketer, you guys can actually stop calling.  It’s not going to happen.  To all the suppliers that have so graciously taken my money day after day and week after week, keep up the good work.  To everyone that has come in and put on an apron and helped me create  and carry on with this little diamond in the rough.  To my wife Sandra who has done more than she should have to.  To my son Dylan who needs to start learning how to wash dishes, and that will happen sooner than later.  Yes, quite simply, thank you to all of you.  I really couldn’t do it without you.  Please, come on in today, we’re even open until 8 so if you work downtown or elsewhere, you have plenty of time to come in, grab some tasty eats and snag yourself a piece of birthday cake and celebrate with us.  Thank you!  Mille Grazie!!!!!  See you at noon!

Today’s UberFact: If we could shrink the world’s population to a village of 100 people, we would have: 57 Asians, 21 Europeans, 14 Americans & 8 Africans.

THE PASTAS: includes garden salad w/ House Balsamic Vinaigrette or Ranch & Garlic Toast –Add Caesar Salad $0.50

Chicken & Prosciutto MacNCheese  Alfredo   $8.45 Half  $11.45 Full

Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce $8.45 Half  $11.45 Full

Spaghetti w/Tomato Sauce $7.50 Half $10.50 Full

TODAY’S SOUPS: Includes Garlic Toast Small $4.70 Large $6.15

Cream of Mushroom

THE SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.25

Sensational Spicy Sausages  $1.50

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00

July 10, 2014
by Gerry
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An Anniversary Throwback Thursday

Well our World Cup time together is almost over now.  Two more games remain as the Final for Sunday is now set.  It will be the Argentinians defending the pride of South America and the dominance by their teams over their European counterparts, going up against the Germans (Who are just thankful they didn’t have to play the Italians at the tournament.  Look up the history of these two teams, the Italians dominate the Germans.)  trying to become the first European team to win a World Cup away from Europe.  Game goes Sunday afternoon.  As for the Dutch, well they just keep on being the Dutch….Big day tomorrow as we celebrate our 3rd birthday.  We’ll be opening the doors at 11 and serving food until 8pm.  You’ll have plenty of time to come on out, bring your family or friends and join us for some tasty Chicken & Prosciutto MacNCheese Alfredo.  We’ll also have all of our panini, the salads, the saintly good meatballs and of course, BIRTHDAY CAKE!!!!!….So much stuff to do and prepare for, better get started.  We’ll see you at noon and I’m sure again tomorrow!!!! Have a great day.

Today’s Fact: Well, today is a special day for me and very close to my heart.  It’s mine and Sandra’s 4th wedding anniversary.  She is just the most amazing woman and I love her to pieces.

Thank You for 4 amazing years Sandra!!!!!

THE PASTAS: includes garden salad w/ House Balsamic Vinaigrette or Ranch & Garlic Toast –Add Caesar Salad $0.50

Gnocchi $8.45 Half  $11.45 Full

Mushroom Beef Tortellini  $8.45 Half  $11.45 Full

Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce $8.45 Half  $11.45 Full

Spaghetti w/Tomato Sauce $7.50 Half $10.50 Full

TODAY’S SOUPS: Includes Garlic Toast Small $4.70 Large $6.15

 

THE SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.25

Sensational Spicy Sausages  $1.50

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00