Meet the best friends delivering fresh pasta to your door in Norwich
PUBLISHED: 12:28 14 February 2020 | UPDATED: 12:28 14 February 2020
Say ciao to Pasta Fresca which has launched in Norwich and alongside pop-ups, delivers fresh pasta and sauces around the city.
The business is owned by best friends Francesca Plastini and Linda Balbiani, both 38, who are originally from Milan and moved to Norwich to learn English almost 20 years ago.
The pair started Pasta Fresca in September 2019 with a weekly pop-up at UEA, serving freshly made pasta with homemade sauces to students, and they have since held events at pubs including The Sir Garnet and The Ten Bells.
But, at present, the main bulk of their business is delivering their products to homes in Norwich, with collection available too, with choices including ricotta, lemon and ginger ravioli, tagliolini, which looks like ribbon, and casarecce, which are short twists of pasta, and customers can buy either a 500g or 1kg packet.
Alongside this, they also sell their fresh sauces, with the option of tomato and basil, bolognese or pesto and all their food is made in Mrs Plastini's loft, which has been converted into a "pasta laboratory" and her daughter Elisa, 7, helps her with the labelling.
Mrs Plastini said: "We both wanted to do something related with food as we had both worked in restaurants, Linda as a chef and me as a waitress, and I have always made bread and pizza at home and love to cook all the time.
"We thought about what we could do that wasn't really and Norwich and although there are lots of pasta places, we wanted to make a social community where you can come and see all the different types of pasta and chat about the food and Italy with us.
"We then went on a course in Italy in February last year where we learnt how to make pasta and the sauces and then when we came home we slowly worked on it and tried things out."
Pasta Fresca's food is currently stocked at Kuzma in the Earlham Road Shopping Centre, but the pair have big ambitions to be stocked across the city and would eventually like their own restaurant.
Mrs Plastini added: "We are now in the process of making a very pretty packet that can go in shops and we really want to be stocked in Jarrold.
"We would also like to do pop-ups at more pubs and then one day have our own restaurant and we are currently on the waiting list for Norwich Market.
"I want to make sure what I am giving people is what I eat in my house with my family."
Find them on Facebook and Instagram at 'Pasta Fresca Norwich' where you can contact them to order.