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Celebrate the Holiday Season Pasta Tavola Style!

 

Pasta Tavola is all about celebrating & enjoying the pleasure of good food, good wine & good company.  It’s what lasting memories are made of!

This holiday season, let the Pasta Ladies help you create lasting memories by sharing with friends and loved ones some of our favourite Pasta Tavola signature dishes and local artisanal foods.

Here are our top gift-giving ideas!

  • Make throwing a memorable Christmas party easy by choosing a meal from our “Build your own” dinner menu.  Choose from an assortment of ready-made trays including artisanal breads, sweets, antipastos and mains—all heated and ready-to-serve.  Or come into the shop for our signature artisanal ravioli and sauces.  Pair it with Angelo Bean’s County wine infused sausages and indulge in a gourmet feast created in minutes!
  • Stuck on a teacher gift or a gift for “that friend who has everything”?  Enter the Sprucewood Shortbread Company & PEC’s very own The Pink Lunch Pail.  Sprucewood’s shortbread cookies have been named one of Canada’s best  & Rebecca’s hand-made chocolates are uncomprising in quality & taste.  All made by hand and in small batches, these foodie treasures are packaged like presents and ready to share.
  • The Pasta Ladies have been sipping Kingston’s locally roasted, organic & fair trade Multatuli Coffee  for a while now.  We couldn’t resist bringing some into the shop once Multatuli Coffee Merchants introduced their beans in a new hip, recyclable can.  Need something unique & easily givable? Multatuli Coffee.  Really good beans.
  • Limestone Organic Creamery Eggnog:  This is the best tasting eggnog around. Fresh. Local. Delicious. Need we say more?
  • Authentic Pasta Making Classes:  You’ve wanted them, so now we’re offering them!  Give the gift of time spent with a good friend learning to make pasta by hand & creating sauces inspired by the pasta table. Sign-up early for this authentic Italian experience because space is limited.  Classes range in price and are being held in Belleville, PEC, Trenton & Toronto. Check out the link for details.
  • Pasta Tavola Gift Cards: Share the love for Pasta Tavola creations by giving a PT gift card.  Great tasting food at any time of year! Available in any denomination.

Need a recap of what we can offer you this holiday season?  Stop by our store at 109 N. Front Street across from Remax & Metro. The Pasta Ladies will be happy to show you around. Check us out on twitter & facebook for new and upcoming products & events.

Happy Holidays to all our customers!  Be safe and eat well!

 

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Celebrate Pasta! Celebrate Local Artisanal Foods!

October 25 is World Pasta Day and each year Pasta Tavola celebrates by introducing new products, pasta recipes and food items in our retail outlet store.

One of the perks of being an artisan food producer is that that we get to meet food artisans like ourselves from across the province and also try some fantastic tasting foods, many of which are produced locally within the Hastings, Prince Edward County area.  We have, over the past three years, developed relationships with a number of local farmers and food producers and have incorporated their foods as ingredients in our own Pasta Tavola creations.

Now Pasta Tavola wants to evolve our retail store to include some of these high quality local products as offerings!

Starting the week of October 22, 2013, Pasta Tavola will introduce local products made in Tweed, Warkworth, Sydenham, Eganville, Hastings & Prince Edward County!

These products have been specifically chosen by the Pasta Ladies because they reflect our commitment to offering customers high-quality, great tasting and convenient foods made with no additives and natural preservatives.  We know the care that goes into making these products and we want to share it with everyone.

This is what’s new in-store:

Limestone Organic Milk:  Made in Sydenham, just north of Kingston Limestone Organic Milk is one of our favorites.  The chocolate milk is literally to die for…and I think we’ve become addicted.  We’ve chosen only a few of their milk products but if there is another Limestone item that you just need to try, let us know. We’ll do our best to bring it in.  Check out what Limestone has to offer here!

The Mix Company ~Making Gluten-Free Easy & Fun! We met owner Cate Ott at a product tasting in Perth, Ontario where she baked-up her MOST delicious gluten-free sweets & breads.  We could hardly believe these delectable offerings were gluten-free and we wanted to add them to our growing local gluten-free product offerings!  Now in addition to cooking-up some of Pasta Tavola’s homemade gluten-free pasta & sauces you can also bake-for-yourself some tasty gluten-free sweets or breads right in your own home!

Sprucewood Handmade Cookie Company:  Made is Warkworth Ontario, these cookies have been named by Canadian Living Magazine as one of the 8 best shortbread cookies in Canada. Chef and owner Mark Pollard describes his cookies as “an evolution of shortbread”…and he is true to his word.  His cookies are a surprising taste sensation.  From sweet to savoury we betcha can’t just eat one! Read about Mark’s cookies here!

Angelo Bean’s Wine Infused Sausages: We’ve been working in partnership with Prince Edward County’s Angelo Bean for some time now and as a result we’ve tasted some incredibly tasty artisanal sausages.  These sausages are made with PEC pork using some of the County’s finest wines & ciders.  Pair Angelo’s Sandbanks Baco Noir, Huff Estates Riesling or the County Apple Cider’s cider- infused sausages with one of Pasta Tavola’s fresh artisanal ravioli or pastas. We promise you’ll be transported to an entirely different plane! Check out Angelo here!

Pasta Tavola Tuscan Bean Ravioli:  Pasta Tavola’s newest artisanal ravioli has arrived and it is making waves!  Our Tuscan Bean Ravioli will now be sold in our store as part of our signature ravioli line. Whipped cannellini beans, fresh leeks and award-winning aged cheddar. Intriguing and delicious pockets of perfection. Would you expect anything less from us Pasta Ladies????

We’re excited to announce that the Pasta Ladies will be offering Authentic Italian Pasta-Making Classes!  Many of our customers have inquired about them and we’re happy to oblige.  More information is available on our website (see the Quicklinks above) and of course on Facebook & Twitter.  Class size is limited so it’s first come first serve!

We’re looking forward to a great fall & winter season!  Can’t wait to see you!

 

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Spring…Ahead!

Spring is a time of transition and change.  At Pasta Tavola that means trying something different, changing it up and introducing new products in our store. Starting this spring, Pasta Tavola will be working with many local producers and suppliers to offer our customers more convenience, more meal options and of course, more delicious food—because let’s face it…food should taste good!

Here’s what’s in store in the next few months:

  • This Easter Pasta Tavola continues to roll-out traditional holiday treats, including our Nonna’s Easter Bread and cannoli, but this year we’ve partnered with our friends at Sweet Temptations Bakery in Tweed to help us out with homemade pastries and desserts.  Sweets by Guselle and Jodi are quite literally to- die- for so how could we not share them with our customers?  We’ll have tarts,  cookies and more, all expertly handcrafted to perfection starting next week.

 

  • Many of our customers have been enjoying Pasta Tavola’s gluten-free pastas and sauces but did you know that we offer MORE than just gluten-free pasta? Not only do we carry gluten-free bread and pizza crusts courtesy of Zia Rita’s Gluten-Free Bakery in Bath but this Easter we will also be the exclusive Belleville retailer of Deelish Desserts pound cakes.  Many of you may have tried these incredibly tasty gluten-free treats at the Belleville Farmer’s Market a few seasons back.  Now you can purchase Deelish at Pasta Tavola!

 

  • Pasta Tavola is all about making cooking easy and delicious in this crazy, busy world.  While we will always offer our traditional pasta dishes and sauces, we’re adding to our menu with homemade quiches, new dips & spreads, and an assortment of other lighter fare goods.  Our quiches will be here for Easter but you’ll have to hold out for our summer menu blog for the details on what’s coming out next.

Pasta Tavola is always interested in what you would like to see in our store.  As we continue to grow and evolve, we want to meet our customers’ demands for local, convenient, handcrafted food items by bringing them into our shop.  Is there a food item or product that you’ve tried and would like to see at Pasta Tavola?  Let us know about it by e-mailing us at info@pastatavola.ca and we’ll see if we can make it happen!
On that note, Pasta Tavola has received some requests for Limestone Organic Creamery milk.  Limestone Organic Creamery is one of our wholesale partners located in Sydenham.  Is this a product you would purchase?  Please let us know as your input will help us make our decision! E-mail us or contact us on facebook or twitter.

One last thing…  Pasta Tavola is looking for a driver on a casual/part-time basis to deliver our products from Belleville to Ottawa in our refrigerated cube truck.  This is an ideal job for someone who is retired, wants to keep healthy and would enjoy driving around Eastern Ontario meeting great people and dropping-in on some fabulous specialty food stores.  Please contact us for details and requirements!

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Share the LOVE with a Pasta Tavola Ammoré Meal!

 

Want to create a delicious, romantic dinner for your Valentine, but don’t know where to begin?  Let Pasta Tavola’s Ammoré Special lead the way!  Our meals are homemade, easy to prepare and oohh so good– with little to no clean-up.

From February 8th to February 14th, choose from one of the following Ammoré meals:

Ravioli Option: $28.00

Slow roasted tomato, asiago & pesto ravioli with your choice of a roasted red pepper tomato cream sauce OR our classic spicy arrabiatta sauce  PLUS focaccia bread, baby greens, housemade vinaigrette AND cannoli for 2

Oven-Ready Tray Option: $28.00

Meat lasagne or three cheese cannelloni for 2 PLUS focaccia bread, baby greens, housemade balsamic vinaigrette AND cannoli for 2

Pasta Option: $27.00

Any pasta for 2 with your choice of roasted red pepper tomato cream sauce OR our classic spicy arrabiatta sauce PLUS focaccia bread, baby greens, housemade vinaigrette AND cannoli for 2.

These specials are smokin’ “hot” so ordering ahead is always recommended! Call us at 613.779.9739 to place your order.

This Valentine’s Day, leave the cookin’ to us, and we’ll leave the lovin’ to you!

 

 

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Pasta Tavola: Holiday Entertaining made Easy!

Entertain with ease this holiday season by choosing Pasta Tavola’s “build your own meal” options for your Christmas party, family gathering or holiday potluck.  Choose from a variety of pasta trays, salads, antipasto trays, sweets and more.  Whether it’s for 5 people or  55 people, Pasta Tavola has you covered.   Don’t stress about holiday cooking. Let the Pasta Ladies do the work!

It’s a tradition at Pasta Tavola to bring out our handmade baked goods during the festive season and this Christmas is no exception.  Cannoli and other sweets will make a return to the shop for only a short time.  For our gluten-free friends, we brought in Zia Rita’s Gluten-Free Stollen Bread (German Fruit Cake), festive lemon squares and biscotti–ALL GLUTEN-FREE!

We’ve also put a spin on some of Pasta Tavola’s favourite ravioli by adding award winning Ivanhoe Cheese.  Try our Roasted Butternut Squash with Ivanhoe Smoked Gouda cheese or our Gourmet Mushroom with Ivanhoe Horseradish cheese.  Available only before Christmas so come and get them!

“Foodie” gifts made easy!

Pasta Tavola makes gift-giving easy this Christmas.  For something unique and local, why not try these “foodie” gift-giving ideas!

  • We’ve been baking up a storm in our kitchen and have put together a package of hand-made biscotti that are to die for! Perfectly packaged for the holidays Pasta Tavola biscotti make a unique gift for teachers, neighbours or just to have for yourself!
  • Pair award winning olive oil and 2 year aged balsamic vinegar, tie them with a bow, add some fresh focaccia bread and mmm…mangia.  A perfect housewarming gift.
  • We pride ourselves in making cooking easy so why not treat your friend or loved one to a no fuss, no muss homemade meal from Pasta Tavola?  Our gift certificates come in all denominations and can be redeemed for any of our meal options, including salads, breads and sweets any time of year.

Holiday Hours of Operation:

Open Monday December 24- 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

CLOSED Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday December 25, 26, 27.

Open Friday December 28- 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Open Saturday December 29- 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

CLOSED Sunday December 30th

Open Monday December 31, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Our shop will be CLOSED from January 1, 2013 to January 7, 2013. We will re-open on Tuesday January 8th for regular operating hours!

From all of us at Pasta Tavola we want to thank our loyal customers for your ongoing support, enthusiasm and business in the past year.  We look forward to serving you in 2013 with even more delectable offerings!  May you have a safe and peaceful Christmas!

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Busy Busy. Oh! So Busy!

 

It’s November and a busy month at Pasta Tavola! We’re sharing our tasty products at tastings around the city and beyond.

Here’s where we’ll be this month!

November 5—John’s Grocery & Deli: We’ll be at 507 Princess Street in Kingston between 3:00 & 7:00 p.m., cooking-up the best artisanal ravioli around!

November 7 –Quinte Naturopathic Centre Open House: Chef Paula will be serving up some gluten-free and vegan pasta dishes as well as showcasing some of the fabulous gluten-free products we sell at the shop. Come by between 4:00 & 7:00 p.m. at 173 Church Street, Belleville.

November 8—Tan Jay VIP event: Stop by Tan Jay at the Quinte Mall and enter to win a Pasta Tavola Dinner for six! Try some of our handrolled breads and signature dips too!

November 10—Tara Natural Foods: We’ll be sharing our delectable pasta products in Kingston and we’d love to see some local Bellevillians! See us between 10:00 & 3:00 p.m. at 81 Princess Street, Kingston.

November 15—Belleville & District Chamber of Commerce Business Card Mingle: We’ll be sponsoring the BCC business card mingle along with One to One Fitness & RBC. Sample from our small event catering and build your own meal menus!

November 18—Santa Claus is coming to town and we’ll be welcoming him with steaming hot cups of HOT CHOCOLATE. Pasta Tavola doors will be closed, but we’ll have a table set-up outside the shop. Accepting money donations for the Gleaners Food Bank!

November 24—Slow & Sinful Gala, A Celebration of County Bubbly! Join us for the 2nd Annual Food and Wine tasting at Highline Hall Wellington Arena between 6:30 and 10:30 p.m. We’ll be sampling a new ravioli which highlights ingredients from local farmers and artisanal food producers. Food and Wine….what else could you ask for?

NO FUSS, NO MUSS HOLIDAY COOKING

Thinking about what to cook-up for your annual holiday office party, pot-luck or family gathering? Pasta Tavola offers the perfect solution. Our party trays serve 10 people to over 20 with little preparation or clean-up. Choose from items ranging from pasta trays to sandwiches and salads, from antipasto plates to fresh breads and Italian sweets. Don’t stress over holiday cooking. Leave it to us! Check out our Build your Own and Small Event Catering Menu for more details or call us at 613-779-9739!

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Celebrate Pasta! Week at Pasta Tavola~ October 23-27th

World Pasta Day is October 25, 2012 and Pasta Tavola is celebrating with in-store specials, new product offerings, product giveaways and more all week long!

Check out what’s cooking!

Lasagne/Cannelloni Special: Medium lasagne/cannelloni tray + focaccia bread + baby greens & housemade salad dressing ~ $27.00

NEW RAVIOLI! Introducing a new ravioli filled with goat cheese, spinach & prosciutto. We introduced this ravioli at Savour in Quinte West and it was a big hit. We’re creating it again, for one week only!

$6.00+ Pasta Lunch ALL WEEK LONG! Enjoy our pasta of the day tossed in your choice of Pasta Tavola sauce, focaccia bread and drink between 11:00-2:00!

$2.00 Cannoli. We know you love this Italian pastry filled with a sweet mascarpone filling. We’re making them to order all week long!

Plus enter for your chance to win Belleville Bulls Tickets, pasta products and a catered business lunch for up to 10 people!

Celebrate Pasta! Week at Pasta Tavola is a great reason to stop by our shop at 109 N. Front Street and check out our convenient, tasty meal options. This fall, we welcome you back to the pasta table–the Pasta Tavola!

For all more information about our products, catering menu or build your own meals check us out on facebook, twitter and of course at www.pastatavola.ca!

Mangia!

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AND WE’RE BACK…

 

..FOR another great fall season at Pasta Tavola!  It’s been a while since our last post so here is the low-down on all the things that have been happening here at the shop AND beyond!

This past summer has been a busy one for the Pasta Ladies.  In addition to launching a new summer menu of grilled panini, homemade dips and salads, we were at the Belleville Farmer’s Market every Saturday and sharing our fresh Pasta Tavola products at various tastings and festivals throughout the area.  Always great to chat with new and current customers about who we are and the delicious food we create.   We’ll be saying goodbye to our 2012 season at the Belleville Farmer’s Market on October 6th.  After that you can purchase all your fresh pasta, sauces and oven-ready meals at our retail shop just south of College, across from the Metro and Remax.

We’ve had the opportunity of tasting some great local, artisan food over the summer and we want to share our finds with our customers.  Many of these products will be introduced during our Celebrate Pasta! Week from October 23rd to October 27th.  International Pasta Day is October 25 and our Celebrate Pasta event is a great reason to come into the shop and check out what we’ve been cooking up, especially if you haven’t visited in a while.  Come try Seed to Sausage cured meats, local black forest style farmer’s bread from Jo’s Backyard Dough’s, and experience Zia Rita’s Gluten-Free pizza’s and Italian bread dipped in award winning olive oil and balsamic vinegar straight from Italy.  These are products that the Pasta Ladies stand behind, so you know you are getting only the highest quality items with delicious flavours.

With the purchase of a refrigerated truck, Pasta Tavola is going beyond its retail doors and wholesaling its pasta products at specialty food shops and gourmet restaurants in Lyndhurst, Gananoque, Prince Edward County, Kingston, Ottawa and Toronto.  You can now find our products at select locations including Limestone Organic Creamery, John’s Deli and Pan Chancho in Kingston, as well as at Wendy’s Mobile Market, Ivanhoe Cheese and Gilmours Meats, among others.  Should you happen to patronize some of these excellent retailers, let them know you love our food!

As the cool weather approaches many of us are thinking about the holidays, especially what to prepare for those family gatherings and year-end celebrations.  Let Pasta Tavola take the stress out of cooking by preparing a meal that is sure to please all your guests.  Our per person meal options or our “build your own” meal menu is the perfect way to share a fabulous feast with friends and family without the prep work or clean-up.  As always ordering ahead is the way to ensure you get what you want when you want it, so give us a call at 613-779-9739.

Check out more of Pasta Tavola happenings on facebook or twitter.

This fall come to the Pasta Table–the Pasta Tavola.   We look forward to welcoming you!

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Ahhh Spring!

 

It’s hard to believe that spring is upon us.  Our team at Pasta Tavola has been gearing up for what we hope to be a busy season!

Easter April 2-8:

During Easter week, the Pasta Ladies will once again roll out their homemade baked goods.  Zia’s Panetone Bread will be making a comeback on the menu as well as our various homemade pastries and cookies.  Of course, we will have cannoli.  Did you know that you can now order cannoli any day of the week?  We’ve had many requests to keep our cannoli on the menu, so if you ask for it we will make it to order!

Our hours of operation that week will be:

Tuesday to Thursday (April 3- 5):  10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Good Friday (April 6): CLOSED

Saturday (April 7): 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Easter Monday (April 9): CLOSED

Belleville Farmer’s Market

In May Pasta Tavola will be returning to the Belleville Farmer’s Market.  This year, not only will you be able to purchase our delectable pastas and sauces (because fresh pasta is ALWAYS a great meal option or  bbq side!) but we will also be introducing some new products.  Check out our facebook page or follow us on twitter for details.  We will be putting out some “teasers” over the next few weeks.

What’s New?

Some exciting news.  We have been working on a new gluten-free pasta recipe—one that is not only gluten-free but egg free and lactose free.  Our recipe –which will be produced and packaged in an entirely gluten-free environment—will allow us to make new pasta shapes as well as lasagne noodles.  There is still some tweaking to do, but we are excited about this new development.  More details to follow once the testing is complete!

Since returning from our trip to San Francisco, and since visiting various food trade shows earlier this year, the Pasta Ladies are even more inspired than ever!  Chef Paula has been creating a new spring menu which will be out just in time for our re-appearance at the Belleville Farmer’s Market in May.  Watch for our selection of salads, dips & spreads and other meal ideas.  We will be bringing back our Italian sandwiches for lunch and we will also be making some changes to the shop to make your shopping experience even more enjoyable.

There’s always something happening at Pasta Tavola.  Keep up to date on what’s new by visiting us at  www.pastatavola.ca or following us on Facebook or Twitter.

 

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Ammmore!

 

This Valentine’s day impress your loved one with a gourmet Italian feast that will leave them wanting “more”.  Pasta Tavola’s Amoré special is perfect for that romantic stay- at- home Valentine’s Day dinner date. It’s fast, easy to prepare and fabulously delicious.  Available February 9, 10, 11 & 14th.

For $26.99 your Amoré dinner for two includes:

Your choice of Sundried Tomato & Artichoke Ravioli or Peppercorn Pappardelle Pasta Our featured Pesto Cream Sauce
Fresh mixed greens with our homemade balsamic vinaigrette,
Focaccia bread & Italian pastry

View these delectable dishes on facebook or at twitter.  As always, ordering ahead is recommended!

What’s New in 2012?

Pasta Tavola will continue to add more convenient, nutritious meal options to its menu over the next year.  We will also be expanding our gluten-free product offerings to include a variety of gluten-free baked goods. This is an exciting development for us and we will update you as things unroll.

We continue to bring some unique tastes to our ravioli.  One customer told us that our ravioli “are like little pockets of heaven”.  Many of you agree —our homemade stuffed pasta flies out of our doors.

What makes our ravioli so good?  We make them in small batches, without additives or preservatives using only the freshest ingredients.  We incorporate fresh local products whenever possible.  In the up & coming year we will be incorporating artisan cheeses in our ravioli. If you have a favourite cheese that you would like to see incorporated into a little piece of heaven, please let us know!

Our Build your Own Meals and per person Catering options were very popular this Christmas.  We offer complete dinner meal packages for larger business or gatherings.  Watch for some new additions to these options, as well as some “lighter fare” catering items.

At Pasta Tavola we are dedicated to customer satisfaction and appreciate the input our loyal customers provide us.  In 2012 we want to hear from you.  What would you like to see on our menu? How are we doing and what can we do differently? We hope that you will take the time to answer some of our questions.  There just might be some free “pasta” in it for you!