Little Italy Pasta

Pasta, Panini and Catering

April 17, 2014
by Gerry
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Pretty Good Thursday

We are open today, closed tomorrow and open on Easter Monday.  It’s our 2nd annual Easter Monday Chicken & Prosciutto MacNCheese Alfredo Day.  We would love to see you if you haven’t been in before or it’s a great chance to bring in someone with you that has never eaten here either.  We will also have Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce or Tomato Sauce, all of our panini, meatballs, sausages, desserts, the whole deal really.  A great chance for you to come in if you never have, or to bring someone with you that has grown tired of you talking about how much you love our food and how in some way, I have become the wind beneath your wings.  Everyone should have an opportunity to feel the Bette Middler experience really…We still need to get thru today first.  There’s a great lunch on the way to kick off your Easter Weekend or whatever atheists call this weekend.  I think they refer to it as the weekend of that really cool trick.  Okay…see you at noon.

TODAY’S  UberFact: Earth is the only planet in our solar system that’s not named after a god.

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

Lasagna $8.45 half  $11.45 full

Fusilli  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

TODAY’S SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.25

Spicy Italian Sausage  $1.50

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00

Cannoli  $2.50  Strawberry Shortcake or Orange Creamsicle

April 16, 2014
by Gerry
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Ladies, Some Good Advice If Coming For Lunch For the First Time

We are closed this Friday, but we will be open on Easter Monday.  It’s our 2nd annual Easter Monday Chicken & Prosciutto MacNCheese Alfredo Day.  We would love to see you if you haven’t been in before or it’s a great chance to bring in someone with you that has never eaten here either.  Now the next part is really more of a disclaimer, for your own good really.  Studies show that women are more attracted to men wearing blue.  Ladies, be aware, I wear blue just about everyday here.  Between that, my devilishly handsome good looks and my big brown eyes, if you are coming in for the first time, bring a spotter or perhaps a portable GPS.  We don’t want you coming in for lunch only to find yourself getting lost in my my big brown eyes.  Damn my good looks, why can’t I just be a great cook.  Why was I blessed with a great nose and a fantastic ass?    Well, just be strong and don’t make direct eye contact, and everything will be fine….By the way, we are hiring.  We have our daily lunch service, hot school lunches a variety of caterings, and a food prep company, plus we are participating in the Edmonton Craft Beer Fest in June and Taste of Edmonton in July.   If you can cook, or at least have an open mind to learning how,  follow instructions, handle a cash register, have a sense of humor, a flexible schedule, we should probably talk. This is a part time job (20-30hrs a week)  Free lunch, $11/hr and tips, with room for more $ based on performance. This is an ideal job for anyone that wants some extra cash or wants to get out of the house for a few hours a day. A reliable vehicle is a must.  Email your resume to gerry@littleitalypasta.com or drop it off to the cafe…Congrats to the Spruce Grove Saints winning the AJHL Championship last night with a 4 game sweep of the Drumheller Dragons…… Time to get some lunch on the go.  See you at noon.

TODAY’S  UberFact: There’s a gay gun rights group named “Pink Pistols” – Their motto is “Armed gays don’t get bashed.”

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

Baked Ziti $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

Cream of Mushroom

TODAY’S SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.25

Spicy Italian Sausage  $1.50

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00

Cannoli  $2.50  Strawberry Shortcake or Orange Creamsicle

April 15, 2014
by Gerry
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Hey Oprah, Leave Pharrell Alone

So, ya, we need help. Not the psychological kind, but the physical kind, as in people to work for us.  We have a lot going on as far as being a diamond in the rough cafe is concerned.  We have our daily lunch service, hot school lunches a variety of caterings, and a food prep company, plus we are participating in the Edmonton Craft Beer Fest in June and Taste of Edmonton in July.   If you can cook, or at least have an open mind to learning how,  follow instructions, handle a cash register, have a sense of humor, a flexible schedule, we should probably talk. This is a part time job (20-30hrs a week)  Free lunch, $11/hr and tips, with room for more $ based on performance. This is an ideal job for anyone that wants some extra cash or wants to get out of the house for a few hours a day. A reliable vehicle is a must.  Email your resume to gerry@littleitalypasta.com or drop it off to the cafe. ….We are closed this Friday, but we will be open on Easter Monday, we would love to see you if you haven’t been in before or it’s a great chance to bring in someone with you that has never eaten here before, oh ya, we’re serving Chicken and Prosciutto MacNCheese Alfredo.  Hope to see you here!….Jeez, what’s with the Big O making my usually happy friend Pharrell Williams cry?  Okay, true, he is not a friend of mine. Never even met the man.  However, she made him cry apparently with some questions. Sandra tried sucking me into watching Oprah, again,  (she loves the Oprah network) but  I put my foot down, I’m done with Oprah and I’m certainly done with watching her make people cry.  Well for a little while, Sandra can be quite persuasive sometimes, and I did enjoy Oprah taking Lance Armstrong to task.  Pharrell, bring your unhappy self here to my cafe.  I have some good tasty comfort food for you and it will put the happy back in your step.  I promise, no hard hitting questions and if you finish your plate, you can have a nice strawberry shortcake cannoli.  Would you like that?  A strawberry shortcake cannoli?  Okay, you can have a strawberry shortcake cannoli.  The rest of you, you can have some too….See you at noon.

TODAY’S  UberFact: In 1830, the average person over 15 years old drank 88 bottles of whiskey a year – One bottle every 4.2 days.

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

Mushroom Cream Sausage Rotini $8.45 half  $11.45 full

Penne 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

Nonna Rosa Chicken

TODAY’S SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.25

Spicy Italian Sausage  $1.50

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00

Cannoli  $2.50  Strawberry Shortcake or Orange Creamsicle

April 14, 2014
by Gerry
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It’s a 4 Day Work Week! Sweet!

Well, here we are the start of a short work week.  We hit Good Friday later on so we have 4 days ahead of us to get out of the way first.  We will be closed on Friday, however, we will be open next Monday and I can tell you this, we will have Chicken & Prosciutto MacNCheese Alfredo on the menu next Monday.  So mark the day, if you have it off, it will be a great chance to come on out for som of our tasty eats…..That was quite the night on Saturday watching Ryan Smyth’s last game, plus the Oilers won.  Personally, I loved seeing the Canucks come back on the ice after the game to all pay their respects to Smytty, very classy move…..A non classy move, was the 33% or so of people that actually replied to the 630CHED Poll last week saying YES sometimes women are to blame for sexual assaults against them.  It’s just as troubling as the question itself.  I’ll just be in the kitchen shaking my head and wondering what is thr wrong with some people….See you at noon.

TODAY’S  UberFact: Elephants are the only mammals that cannot jump.

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

Mushroom Cream Fettuccine $8.45 half  $11.45 full

Baked Pasticcio  $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

TODAY’S SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.25

Spicy Italian Sausage  $1.50

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00

Cannoli  $2.50  Strawberry Shortcake or Orange Creamsicle

April 11, 2014
by Gerry
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Mushday

My brain feels like mush at the moment.  Not enough though to keep me from whipping up some kick ass Chicken & Prosciutto MacNCheese Alfredo. …By the way, we are HIRING: In the Acheson Industrial Park, 10 mins west of Edmonton, we’re a busy, fun diamond in the rough quick serve cafe making tasty Italian comfort food, and we’re only getting busier.  We have our daily lunch service, hot school lunches a variety of caterings, and a food prep company.  If you can cook, or at least have an open mind to learning how,  follow instructions, handle a cash register, have a sense of humor, a flexible schedule, we should probably talk. This is a part time job (20-30hrs a week)  Free lunch, $11/hr and tips, with room for more $ based on performance. This is an ideal job for anyone that wants some extra cash or wants to get out of the house for a few hours a day.  Drop off a resume or contact us at 780-960-8500.  You can also email resumes to gerry@littleitalypasta.com……….. See you at noon.

TODAY’S  UberFact: More people are killed by hippos every year than sharks, bears and lions combined.

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

Nonna Rosa Chicken

TODAY’S SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.25

Spicy Italian Sausage  $1.50

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00

April 10, 2014
by Gerry
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Thank You Canandian Tire

Okay, well that was a much needed day off yesterday for the Padrino.  I feel a bit more rested today.  Nothing like a day of nothing and a nap and a good night’s sleep to perk a guy back up…Okay, I also have to share this with you.  I know there are a lot of debates as to who gives good service or doesn’t. I know Canadian Tire gets a lot of play for both good and bad and I know alot of that has to do with location.  I deal with the one in St.Albert and twice now they have blown me away with their professionalism.  A year ago I had some work done on my Santa Fe, and they originally quoted three hours, the job was done in 1 hour.  They called me as soon as it was done.  They could have easily just let it sit there.  Yesterday I had the Cafe Mobile in there and what was originally diagnosed as a new fuel pump need was scaled back to a vac hose.  From $800 to $160.  That’s called integrity.  That’s called building trust.  Maybe it’s too simplistic, but it works for me.  To Alex Stein and his crew at St.Albert Canadian Tire, thank you….Okay time to get back to work today and getting lunch on the go.  See you at noon

TODAY’S  UberFact: If it takes you less than 5 minutes to fall asleep, you are most likely sleep deprived – It should take 7 to 10 minutes on an average night.

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

Jumbo Cheese Raviolli w/Tomato Sauce $8.45 half  $11.45 full

Fettuccine 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

Nonna Rosa Chicken

TODAY’S SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.25

Spicy Italian Sausage  $1.50

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00

 

April 9, 2014
by Gerry
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Who Has The Day Off?

Well, I have the best wife in the world.  Sandra who has been working so hard with me, insisted that I take the day off today and that her and the bellas, will take care of everything.  So I’m going to just lay low today, maybe watch Dr.Phil eat some almonds and probably have a nap in there somewhere….I don’t talk too much about it, but my Edmonton Rec Hockey League team the Klondike Maulers were eliminated from the playoffs last night.  The good news is, there was cold beer after the game.  Now it’s just a matter of getting ready for some cool stuff happening this spring and summer.  Well, the toast and coffee aren’t going to make themselves.  You all have a great day.

TODAY’S  UberFact: If a person lives to be 80 years of age, their heart has already beaten at least 2,943,360,000 times.

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

Cheese Tortellini w/Tomato Sauce $8.45 half  $11.45 full

Mushroom Beef Fusilli $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

TODAY’S SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.25

Spicy Italian Sausage  $1.50

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00

Cannoli  $2.50  Almond, Orange Creamsicle, Nutella

April 8, 2014
by Gerry
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That Pain

Hey famiglia, how are you feeling?  I woke up in a lot of discomfort in my posterior region.  As I made my way to work very early this morning, I quickly saw the origins of my discomfort.  Gas prices shot up 10 cents.  I’m sure I’m not the only one having trouble sitting right now.  In any case, it doesn’t matter, we need to feed about 200 kids at Esther Starkman Elementary today, time to get to it.  See you at noon

TODAY’S  UberFact: Chickens with white earlobes will lay white eggs, while chickens with red earlobes lay brown eggs.  I didn’t even know chickens had ears.

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

Spicy Sausage Penne w/Tomato Sauce $8.45 half  $11.45 full

Chicken Rigatoni & Peppers 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

TODAY’S SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.25

Spicy Italian Sausage  $1.50

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00

Cannoli  $2.50  Almond, Orange Creamsicle, Nutella

April 7, 2014
by Gerry
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Monday Thanks & Thoughts

Well good day one and all, hope this Monday finds you all well.  The weekend was a busy eventful one to say the least.  We had a fun day introducing our meatballs to the world. Well, at least the part of the world occupied by the residents of Stony Plain.  Many turned out to Freson Bros Fresh Market on Saturday to enjoy some of our free samples and to pick up some of our saintly good meatballs to go.  It was a pretty cool feeling for Sandra, Aline And myself as customers were grabbing packs of meatballs to take home.  Even cooler was hearing some of the kids rave about them.  I say, if your kid likes it, and it’s healthy, why not get some for them?  We want to extend a very big thank you to Store Manager Kerry Waldo, Harvest Kitchen Manager Deanna Lovsin and Steve the Grocery Manager for all their help in getting our product on the shelves and more importantly, giving us an opportunity.  It is so very much appreciated….Tough weekend to see the passing of Mickey Rooney who had a long career in Hollywood, but the passing of comedian John Pinette took me even more by surprise.  Yes he was a very large man and it’s not a shock, but still sad just the same….Speaking of actors, as I was watching the meatballs on Saturday, I started to wonder.  What if things don’t work out?  What’s my backup plan?  After some driving around and chewing down some Super Jos Louis, I decided, I may start acting.  I’ll start small, perhaps try and get some work locally.  Maybe I can get hooked up with an agent and land me some roles doing Crime Stoppers videos.  You know the ones, where they recreate a crime scene and it’s narrated by Shaye Ganam from Global.  I think I could be good at those roles, as there’s not a lot of speaking parts.  I could play one of the suspects, provided the suspects are around 6’2, 227lbs and devilishly handsome.  In some cases I suppose I could be cast as a victim too.  Of course than you also have to worry not to get type cast either right?  That can be detrimental to ones career.  I always wondered too, for those roles that require a certain ogreish look, how does one get approached or offered that role and do they take it personally, or is it simply an opportunity to embrace their “looks” and make a living?   For the right pay, I can become an ogre too, albeit it a devilishly handsome ogre.  Okay, time to get to work, see you at noon and enjoy some of the late John Pinette.

 

 

TODAY’S  UberFact: The two sides of our face develop separately in utero, then fuse together — Causing that indent above your top lip called a “philtrum.”

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

Mushroom Rotini $8.45 half  $11.45 full

Baked Gemelli w/Tomato Sauce$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

TODAY’S SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.25

Spicy Italian Sausage  $1.50

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00

Cannoli  $2.50

April 4, 2014
by Gerry
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The weekend is here, so are the measles.

So this measles thing, really?  How is this possible in this day and age? I thought we did away with that stuff.  If you have the measles, stay home, if you are  healthy and happy, well even just healthy really, come to Stony Plain tomorrow and see us at Freson Bros. Fresh Market as we launch Graziano’s Meatballs.  We will have free samples on from 2-5 pm and have our 6 pack and 10 pack of our classic saintly good meatballs with slow cooked tomato sauce on sale at Freson Bros. Fresh Market

TODAY’S  UberFact: Cats spend 70% of their lives asleep.

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

Mushroom Beef Tortellini $8.45 half  $11.45 full

Spinach & Cheese  Raviolli w/Tomato Sauce$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 or Italian Wedding

TODAY’S SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.25

Spicy Italian Sausage  $1.50

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00

Cannoli  $2.50  Orange Creamsicle, Raspberry or Nutella