The Pasta Shoppe & Via Elisa Pasta

Here are a few food related links of interest for Wednesday. These are independently-owned businesses in Nashville, TN and Atlanta, GA.

The Pasta Shoppe
http://www.pastashoppe.com/
John and Carey Aron left the corporate life and NYC in 1993 to fulfill their dream of owning their own company. Pasta was their passion, and they thought they could make pasta unique and higher quality than the mass producers. They settled in Nashville where Music City Pasta (boot and guitar shaped pasta) was their first product. That inspired them to create more fun shapes for holidays, themes, and other occasions. Today, they offer the world’s largest selection of fun pasta shapes and create custom logos and shapes for other companies to use as promotional items.

Via Elisa Fresh Pasta
http://www.viaelisa.com/
After 15 years in Italy, CNN Field Producer Elisa Gambino couldn’t find the fresh pasta she loved in her new hometown of Atlanta . So, she returned to Rome and studied pasta making with one of Italy’s premier pasta makers. When she opened Via Elisa in Atlanta in 2002, she created a devoted following, with pastas made from organically grown flours, free-range eggs, imported Italian cheeses and whole milk ricotta. From her shop-a replica of a Roman store-Elisa prepares ravioli, tortelloni, cannelloni, gnocchi and cut pastas in small quantities, to ensure quality and freshness.

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