Bay of Quinte: Young Entrepreneurs

Interview Questions:

  • What is your business? — Pasta Tavola in Belleville. We manufacture and retail fresh pastas, ravioli, sauces, and oven-ready meals using 100 percent Ontario milled wheat and local-first sourced ingredients. Pasta Tavola began selling small batch pastas with much success at the Belleville Farmers’ market in 2009 and opened its storefront location in 2010.
  • How long have you been in the region? — Victoria moved to the region in 2006 with her family. Paula moved here in 2010 when the business began.
  • What brought you here? — Originally the reason was career-related and to be closer to family, but when the idea of starting a food manufacturing business began to unfold, it just made sense for us to build our business here.
  • If you had to give the Bay of Quinte Region a slogan, what would it be? — Ever Growing Great.
  • What is your best advice for surviving the winter? — Our fall and early winter season is quite busy, but during our down time we would say plan, plan, plan. We use our down time to plan for our next season.  We focus on what is key to keeping our operation moving, we stay on-point with upcoming trends and explore potential new product lines to be launched in the upcoming year. Keeping in touch with our customers and generating new sales is also very important during our down time as we can solidify relationships and build new ones for the upcoming year.
  • What makes the Bay of Quinte region a good fit for your business? — The region is rich with fresh agricultural ingredients and the cost of setting up a facility was affordable. We always had the intention of growing our business through wholesaling our products throughout the province, and the Bay of Quinte is perfectly situated en route to cottage country and major city centres such as Ottawa, Kingston, and Toronto, which allows for a broader distribution of our products.
  • What is something unexpected you’ve discovered about running a business in a small town? — There are so many passionate entrepreneurs! And “word of mouth” goes a longer way than we would have ever imagined!
News & Promotions

Exciting News

We want to let you in on some exciting news about Pasta Tavola. We’re growing and we couldn’t be happier!  Currently we are undergoing construction to add an additional 1000 square feet of production space to our already 1500 sq. foot commercial kitchen, including new machines and larger coolers/freezer space.  What this all means for our customers is that we will now be able to spread even more Pasta Tavola love and introduce more shapes, flavours and other Pasta Tavola delectables to your customer’s tables.

Here’s a few things that you need to know. Our artisanal ravioli is made with 100% Ontario milled wheat and a combination of Ontario and Canadian grown wheat blends. We continue to work with local Ontario producers to include high quality local ingredients in all that we do and look forward to adding the Ontario Foodland designation to our packaging and marketing material shortly.

Our ravioli is still as convenient as ever to prepare but moving to a new production set-up has meant making some tweaks to our original pasta dough recipe and ravioli size. This makes for a slightly longer cooking time (now 4-6 minutes) but much more suited for rigorous boiling or the perfect pasta baked dish. Rest assured these tweaks did not sacrifice the deliciousness that is the hallmark of our Pasta Tavola products. Our ratio of filling to pasta is still greater than industry standard and our commitment to bringing you high quality, pure ingredients without additives and preservatives still remains.

As for our frozen and jarred sauces,  we just introduced a silky rosé sauce to our frozen sauce line-up and our new jarred flavour–Rustic Siciliana with Sundried Tomatoes—is scheduled to be released shortly.  These gourmet sauces have been developed to bring the best all natural ingredients and flavours to your table without the preservatives found in other brands.

We are also excited to announce that in the next few months we will be updating our website to better reflect all of what we do and how we can better serve our retail partners.  

We want to thank you all for your support of our company and the enthusiasm you have for sharing our food with your customers.  We look forward to continuing our retail relationship with you.

Take care,

Victoria & Paula

Pasta Tavola Inc.