Little Italy Pasta

Pasta, Panini and Catering

July 29, 2014
by Gerry
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Vacation All I Ever Wanted

Well today is a big day. If all goes well, I may actually get to go on a little vacation.  The cafe will be up and running all week with the A Team, and I will be back next Tuesday after the August Long Weekend.  Yep, I just said August.  Have a great day, see you at noon.

TODAY’S UberFact: The number of Nutella jars sold in a year could cover The Great Wall of China 8 times.

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

Baked Beef Rotini $8.45 Half $11.45 Full

Mushroom Cream Gemelli $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 Soup

THE SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.25

Sensational Spicy Sausages $1.50

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00

July 28, 2014
by Gerry
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10 Great Days

Wow, well that was a crazy 10 days.  Taste of Edmonton wrapped up on Saturday night and it was great.  The weather during Taste was a bit of an issue for all of us, especially on Friday but overall, a pretty decent turnout.  Not sure yet what the final turnout was, but I’m certain it was around the 500,000 mark.  As I look back,  nothing but awesome thoughts and memories created.  First off, my partners in crime, Paolo Pucci and Rocco Saad.  We had each other in stitches and at times probably wanted to put one of us in stitches.  They were also a big reason why we were named Most Congenial Customer Service Award Winners at Taste of Edmonton.  We all did our best to make sure anyone that came to our booth had a fun experience.  A big thank you has to go to  Miss Kim Quibell, she helped out immensely with doing so many runaround trips for us.  The A-team of Aline, Angie and Amanda back at the cafe kept things running smoothly.  A big part of what makes Taste of Edmonton so much fun is your neighbor vendors.  This year when I had the chance to select a booth next to The Lingnan, I was all over it.  It makes it that much easier to get that tasty Dry Spicy Chicken.  Oh sure we were all hacking up a lung due to the chili spice in the oil that would burn and get into the air.  However, I had the pleasure of meeting Miles Quon and Ajit Nakhwa last year, and being able to spend 10 days next to them, well worth the hacking lungs.  Plus, Mandy, (Miles sister/Ajit’s wife) was always bringing us treats.  We also had Three Amigos on our other side. Alfredo Rosales and his staff were a treat to work beside and they made some tasty Churros.  Yes, 10 days, all kinds of sights, sounds and smells.  Oh and the people watching is pretty amazing there.  You ladies sure like your lulu lemons.  In any case, it was a great event, and planning now begins for next year.  Let’s see how this plays out.  For now, it’s back to work for a couple of days and then, I’m taking off for a few days until after the August long weekend.   See you at noon.
We also ( more like me really) decided our official song of Taste was “Hideaway” by Kiezsa.




TODAY’S  UberFact: The U.S. has 115,000 janitors, 83,000 bartenders, 323,000 restaurant servers, and 80,000 heavy-duty truck drivers with bachelor’s degrees.
THE PASTAS: includes garden salad w/ House Balsamic Vinaigrette or Ranch & Garlic Toast –Add Caesar Salad $0.50

Jumbo Raviolli  $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

THE SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.25

Sensational Spicy Sausages  $1.50

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00

July 25, 2014
by Gerry
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2 More Days

Here we go folks, it’s the last 2 days of Taste of Edmonton.  I know the weather looks bleak, but hopefully it will slow down enough to make it possible for you to come out today and tonight.  Tomorrow’s forecast calls for plenty of sunshine!  Lots to do, see you later!
TODAY’S  UberFact: There are more atoms in a single glass of water than glasses of water in all the oceans on Earth.  I feel pretty small right now.

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

Mushroom Beef Fusilli  $8.45 Half  $11.45 Full

Sausage Ziti  $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 24, 2014
by Gerry
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Thursday Day 8

TODAY’S  UberFact: Marilyn Monroe had a higher IQ (163) than that of Albert Einstein (160).

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

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 23, 2014
by Gerry
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wed

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