Famed Italian director Federico Fellini once said that “life is a combination of magic and pasta,” and we couldn’t agree more. While Pittsburgh isn’t devoid of wonderful Italian eateries, occasionally you want the taste of a professional chef but in the comfort of your own home.
Here are a few magical places to find fresh pasta. Spiral into these pasta inspirations, and they will make you feel like they were made right in the kitchen of Fellini’s nonna.
Forma Pasta is the place to find fresh pasta made daily. It has a monthly subscription service that delivers handmade pasta along with a recipe card and measured ingredients to take the guesswork out of crafting a delicious dish. Delivered locally or picked up from their storefront at 708 E. Warrington Ave. in Allentown, it’s a membership worth renewing. The retail location also doubles as a minimart of sorts, with a rotation of sauces, pasta, cheese and sandwiches always at the ready.
Bloomfield is home to heavenly pillowy-filled pasta. What emerged during the pandemic — making more than 1,000 dozen orders in 2020 — has evolved into a storefront operation at 4615 Liberty Ave. stemming from what could be called a religiously loyal following via social media. Once you try these celestial stuffed doughs made by Justin Avi, you’ll be a convert. Be on the lookout for their seasonal orders with creative takes on holiday food favorites.
This pasta is artwork. With floral infusions, colorful shapes and seasonal touches, these unique noodles are true edible artistry. Owner Nina Gleason has a background in art that shines through in her dishes, mixing not only flour and egg but also blending food and design. In addition to her occasional small batch sales, Gleason’s social media is the place to seek inspiration for your own handmade creations. The creativity is simply mouthwatering.
Pasta like your Italian grandmother would make, Handmade Pasta by Yvonne is a heartwarming way to any Italian food lover’s stomach. She sells a variety of artisanal handmade pasta as well as a selection of specialty olive oils and balsamic vinegars in the storefront at 3333 Babcock Blvd. in Ross Township. Yvonne Hennigan’s love of Italy is what fueled her passion for pasta, and her adoration for Italian cuisine is contagious. With class offerings, you can be sure to gain some valuable pasta-producing skills that can make plate after plate. Currently, classes are on hiatus but will return shortly so have your apron handy.
The cafe and food truck are where to go for a contemporary spin on the classics. Not only do they have tried-and-true pasta dishes, but the unique takes such as Buffalo Chicken Cheddar Gnocchi are what will keep noodle lovers coming back. Not only are the ingredients fresh, but they make pasta handmade every single day. You can see where the truck is parked by following along on social media or heading down to Galley Bakery Square to order from the cafe.
While this Strip District spot might be our place for picnic goodies, don’t sleep on its fresh grab-and-go pasta selection. House-made fresh or frozen pasta is here for the taking, in addition to pints of sauces, so a full Italian feast is just a few items away. Be on the lookout for takeout kits during holidays or special occasions.
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Social media sensation Ryan Peters has taken his table on the road and has made pasta across the country with some interesting and notable sous chefs. Millions are mesmerized by Peter’s creations and while he may be creating content, you can also set up virtual classes or arrange to have him whip up a private in-home meal. While we may not be able to taste Ryan’s wild and wonderful creations, we can all be inspired by his dishes. He also makes appearances as a guest chef for events like Community Table so you never know where Peters will pop up next.
Since 1902, Penn Mac has been a staple of the Strip District. What began as a simple pasta shop evolved into a one-stop shop Italian market and online store. From egg pasta, whole wheat to even squid ink, there’s a wide variety to choose from — and picking up other essential Italian ingredients is easy to do here. You’ll find just about everything from “the Boot” right here in the Burgh. If you’re feeling inspired, pick up a 5-pound tub of pasta flour and be the next master of macaroni.