Little Italy Pasta

Pasta, Panini and Catering

August 19, 2014
by Gerry
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Tuesday

It’s Tuesday. I’m a bit late. Just go out, be nice, have fun, maybe eat an elephant ear or two at the Fringe tonight.  I plan to do that myself.  See you at noon.

TODAY’S  UberFact: The “mahna mahna” song used in The Muppets, was originally written for a Swedish porn flick.  I would love to have seen that.

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

Penne Alfredo $8.45 Half  $11.45 Full

Jumbo 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

 

THE SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.25

Sensational Spicy Sausages $1.50

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00

August 18, 2014
by Gerry
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Monday

Well it’s Monday.  So be it. Make the most of it.  Have a great day, see you at noon.

TODAY’S  UberFact: Kangaroos hop because they can’t move their legs independently.

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

Fettuccine Bolognese $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

August 15, 2014
by Gerry
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Everybody Have Fun Tonight

The weekend is here. GO HAVE FUN!!!! STAY SAFE!!!  But come in for lunch first. See you at noon

TODAY’S  UberFact: 8 years ago, the smartphone as we know it did not exist and you had to carry 5 devices to do what you can do on one today.

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

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

THE SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.25

Sensational Spicy Sausages $1.50

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00

August 14, 2014
by Gerry
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Turning Off The News Now

Oh boy, things are just ugly all around right now.  Ya, I know not exactly what you want to read right off the bat but it’s the awful truth.   Gaza, The Alberta PC scandal, the death of Robin Williams and the now 4 days of unrest in Ferguson, Mo. over the shooting of an unarmed black teen at the hands of the Police.  I’m not trying to bury my head in the sand until it all goes away, because chances are my head would never come back up.  Ya, it’s all getting to be too much right now.  We need a wave of positive uplifting news.  I don’t have it.  Maybe I turn off the news for a while.  Maybe spending more time outside and taking in the city.  Matter of fact, Fringe kicks off tonight and the weather is pretty great.  That could go a long way in getting our minds away from the depressing stuff.  Plus there’s lots of fried stuff to eat, like those elephant ears. Damn I love elephant ears.  Even without the elephant ears or deep fried anything, it’s probably not a bad idea to be outdoors right now, enjoying the great weather while we have it.  Enjoy everything you can….That’s it, just enjoy what you can and hey, see you at noon.

TODAY’S  UberFact: The world’s oceans contain nearly 20 million tons of gold.

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

Shells Bolognese  $8.45 Half  $11.45 Full

Mushroom Cream 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

THE SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.25

Sensational Spicy Sausages $1.50

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00

August 13, 2014
by Gerry
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It’s Hot

Well, here we go with another hot beautiful day ahead.  Be sure to enjoy it and please no complaining about the heat.  This is the type of heat we long for in the middle of February when so many seem to scamper away to warmer climates for a week.  So now, here we go. 29 degrees, love it. Just grab me a box of cherry popsicles and all is well….We have a very tasty lunch today.  Perhaps a little comfort food to help lift our spirits.  See you at noon.

TODAY’S  UberFact: It’s illegal to wake a sleeping bear to take its picture.  Probably also very smart.

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

THE SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.25

Sensational Spicy Sausages $1.50

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00

August 12, 2014
by Gerry
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Thank You Robin Williams, RIP

Robin Williams 1951-2014

 

Thanks for the laughs Robin, you will be missed.

 

TODAY’S  Quote: Robin Williams on Canada:  “You are a big country.  You are the kindest country in the world.  You are like a really nice apartment over a meth lab.”

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

Baked Cheese Gemelli $8.45 Half  $11.45 Full

Rotini & Peppers w/Olive Oil & Garlic  $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

August 11, 2014
by Gerry
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What’s The Female Version of a Goodfella? Is It Goodbella?

So I was watching Goodfellas, again, yesterday afternoo0n.  It’s one of those movies that it doesn’t matter which part it is at when you turn it on, you just stop everything and start watching it.  Plus, I love the food scenes, gets me every time.  I got to the end scene when Ray “Henry Hill” Liotta is talking about how the life got to him and how much he missed it.  How great it was for all of them and how much power they had and after going into the witness protection program, he’s living life like a schnook, having to wait in line and having to eat egg noodles with ketchup instead of spaghetti with tomato sauce.  As I am watching  it for the 98th time it got me thinking if that’s how Allison Redford is feeling now.    It’s like she went into hiding after she stepped down as Premier.  Now, after the AG rpeort that came out last week.  Damn.  Now I’m not implying that she’s a mobster or that she had people “go away”  However, when you have politicians within the party talking about the “aura of power”  and how she was powerful, well, you know.  Sounds like she made John Gotti seem more like John Candy.  Again, not saying she physically harmed anyone, mentally maybe, but not physically.   Awww, poor Allison, now she has to wait in line at Sav On Foods and she has to pay full fare now when booking her flights on West Jet, sitting in economy class like the rest of us.  It’s okay Allison, I still know where you can get a great plate of pasta that even you will have no problem paying for out of your own pocket.  You can even bring your daughter and her friends and no one will say a word.  Seriously, no one will even acknowledge you, you’re kind of not a real popular person right now.  However, your money, I’ll take it. I’m a smart ass not an idiot. Money is still money.  You were a crappy Premier but I’m sure you’ll try a little harder at redeeming yourself as a person.  Come on in Allison, tell The Padrino how it all went wrong.  We can be Goodfellas together…..Okay, enough of that.  Great food awaits all of you.  See you at noon.

TODAY’S  Uber Fact: Studies show that eating chocolate can improve your math skills.  Now they tell me that.

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

Fettuccine Alfredo $8.45 Half  $11.45 Full

Sausage Penne  $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

August 8, 2014
by Gerry
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Hooray For Friday!

It’s Friday. Go enjoy the weekend, have fun, stay safe. But come  in for lunch first.  See you at noon!

TODAY’S  Uber Fact: A grolar bear is a grizzly-polar bear hybrid that can be found in the wild….I want to see that!

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

Gnocchi w/Rosee 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

 

THE SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.25

Sensational Spicy Sausages $1.50

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00

August 7, 2014
by Gerry
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Life of Pie

So many of you may know, I love to eat. I also have a wicked sweet tooth.  I love my pastries, chocolate, donuts, (chocolate donuts are pretty amazing) cookies, pop tarts, Super Joe Louis and of course pie. Ya, it’s a pretty hardcore sweet tooth.  Hell if it was any sweeter you could put me on the Disney Channel.  Oh of course, I almost forgot about one other of those delicacies; pie! Cherry pie, chilled with an ice cold coke, OUTSTANDING!!!!!  The best as far as pie and cold cola product combinations goes.  Well, a year ago, on Facebook, my friend Dino Scavo posted a picture of him and his Nonna Caterina peeling apples for apple pie.  Admittedly, apple pie is not my first choice.  However, I like a lot of other people from Cranbrook had the pleasure of dining on her food many times, especially at the Colombo Lodge Italian Hall.  Her food is fantastic, and I suppose in a small way Caterina along with a lot of other Italian women back home as well as some of the men, had some influence into how I prepare my meals here at the cafe.  Anyways, back to the pie.  Now, I had a feeling that she makes a helluva pie.  So last year when i was visiting my mom during her hospital stay in Calgary, an arrangement had been made that one of Caterina’s delectable pies would be brought to me.  Let’s face it, 3 days of hospital food can ware a man down.  However, her daughter Anna Maria who was entrusted to bring me the pie, dropped the ball.  When she was passing thru on her way to Red Deer, she forgot it.  At least that’s what she told me.  However, I was still there, another would be coming very soon, problem is, I had to leave and so when said pie arrived, my sister enjoyed it, pretty certain all the while laughing about my misfortune at the lack of pie entering my belly.  Last February, I was home in Cranbrook, another arrangement is made.  Another lack of communicaton, once again my sister is the benefactor of my request for pie.  This past weekend, I was home, again. I ran into Caterina at church,and  the exchange went like this: Me: “Oh Hi Caterina, How are you? Good to See you”  Caterina: “Oh Gerry, you look as devilishly handsome as ever”  Me: “Thank You. Where’s my pie?”  Caterina: “Oh you still didn’t get to have any. No problem, I will bring you one later today”  (Keep in mind her words were all said with a sweet Italian accent)  Sure enough, true to her word, that pie arrived within hours.  The best part is, my sister was 1,100 km away.  Aside from a small piece that I was contractually obligated to share with Sandra, I consumed the whole thing in two sittings.  Words can not serve justice as to how awesome that pie was.  Thank you Caterina.  You made my tummy happy once again…..Okay, enough about pie. Time to get to work. See you all at noon!

TODAY’S  Uber Fact: Istanbul, Turkey, is the only city in the world that sits on two continents.

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

Mushroom Beef Raviolli $8.45 Half  $11.45 Full

Baked Cheese 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

August 6, 2014
by Gerry
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Slow Down

So it’s back into full speed mode now for me.  Taste of Edmonton is done, vacation time is behind me except  for a few trips out to the lake over the next few weeks.  Now back to my regularly scheduled programming. I did observe one thing that was actually a bit cringing.   Now I’m not saying it’s all of you, and I’m not saying it’s the ones from Edmonton, but Alberta we really do have some terrible drivers.  I mean really bad, over aggressive drivers.   It’s one thing to roar down the QEII straightaways with the cruise set at 120, it’s another thing to try and keep those speeds on the twisting winding roads thru BC.  I grew up in BC, so I know what these roads are like, and you have to really pay attention, negotiate the turns and watch your speed.  When we were driving to Kelowna last week, which plates did we see most often driving pretty much with disregard? The ones from Wild Rose Country, and yes a majority of them were also on trucks.  Again, relax, not picking on all the truck drivers from Alberta, just the dickheads that don’t seem to care about the safety of others.  Slow down, life’s to short to get washed off the side of a mountain because you have a need for speed…So Alison Redford is stepping down from her job now as MLA.  Wow, how the mighty have fallen.  Well Alison, if you don’t mind the commute, we’re hiring.  Who am I kidding. Alison wouldn’t last three hours working for me.   What is she anyways, a lawyer?  Doesn’t matter, I don’t have much respect for her. You can’t respect anyone that uses the public as her own personal toilet paper…..Okay, time to get to work, see you at noon.

TODAY’S  Uber Fact: Sex is a natural antihistamine that combats asthma and high fever.

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

Pasticcio $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

 

THE SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.25

Sensational Spicy Sausages $1.50

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00