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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Check Out a Fresh Pasta Pop-Up Shop This Saturday

Posted By on Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 5:05 PM

click to enlarge Fresh Mattarello tagliatelle resting on a specially made rack. - ANNA ROTH
  • Anna Roth
  • Fresh Mattarello tagliatelle resting on a specially made rack.

Mattarello, a local artisan pasta company named for the rolling pin that Italians use to roll pasta, will be holding a pasta shop pop-up this Saturday, April 6 at Biondivino from 3-6 p.m. The menu will include nests of fresh pasta like tagliatelle, pappardelle, whole-wheat fettuccine, parsley-garlic tagliatelle, and bigoli for $4.50 each, as well as garganelli and orecchiette for $5 each.

There will also be bigger dishes like tortellini with brodo ($12) and lasagna with ragu ($9) to take and cook at home, as well as jars of freshly made ragu and tomato sauce for sale ($8 and $5 respectively).

See also: Berkeley Bowl Pasta Uses Beets as Magic Ingredient

How to Eat Flour + Water Pasta for Around $1 Per Serving

Mattarello is a collaboration between John Pauley and his wife Anna Li. Pauley is a longtime chef, and the couple was enchanted by freshly made pasta during a trip to Bologna in 2008. Pauley was so inspired that he traveled back to the city to apprentice with pasta-makers for 3 1/2 months and learn the art of traditional Bolognese pasta-making, and then returned the next summer for six more weeks.

click to enlarge John Pauley of Mattarello defly cuts tagliatelle pasta. - ANNA ROTH
  • Anna Roth
  • John Pauley of Mattarello defly cuts tagliatelle pasta.

I was lucky enough to attend a dinner party the couple held at their house last weekend featuring some of their fantastic fresh pastas. I watched with awe at the speed in which Pauley deftly rolled out his pasta dough, formed the orecchiette ("little ears"), and chopped folded-up pasta sheets for tagliatelle (he uses a knife meant for chopping udon).

The finished pastas were perfectly al dente, and were doughy and flavorful, playing a starring role in the dish instead of just being a vehicle for sauce.

It's a good time for fans of fresh, local pasta: Yesterday Grub Street reported that Salumeria in the Mission will be selling fresh, by-the-pound pastas from the crew at Flour + Water. Both places are helmed by chef Thomas McNaughton, who coincidentally did his internship at La Folie during the time that Pauley was chef de cuisine there.

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Anna Roth

Anna Roth

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Anna Roth is SF Weekly's former Food & Drink Editor and author of West Coast Road Eats: The Best Road Food From San Diego to the Canadian Border.

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