Pasta


Pasta

The custom of making fresh pasta at home is waningˇeven in Italy. But there are plenty of places to buy it ready-made or restaurants that serve excellent pasta. Fresh (plain and stuffed) pasta in a variety of flavors, is increasingly available in supermarkets, Trader Joes', and high-end markets in Los Angeles. The current "no-carb," "low-carb" diets however, may be reducing the importance of pasta altogetherˇalthough we suspect this trend cannot last. Fresh bread and fresh pasta are simply too good, and are staples of many Mediterranean diets ˇ greatly popular just a short while ago! There are a few rare places where you can find fresh pasta:

Divine Pasta Co.
140 W. Providenica Ave., Burbank, CA 91502
info@DivinePasta.com
http://www.divinepasta.com/

Divine Pasta Co.
615 N La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Tel: (323) 939-1148

Divine Pasta Co.
12616 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA
Tel: (818) 761-1874

Fresh Pasta
1864 East 22nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90058
Tel: (800)747-2782
E-mail: freshpasta@freshpasta.com
http://www.freshpasta.com/

Online fresh pasta source.

Los Angeles also has its own historic family-run (dry) pasta company:


Local Costa pasta, stocked at A-1 Market.
Photo by Rachel Mahon

Costa Macaroni Mfg. Co.
4790 Valley Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90032-3834
Tel: (323) 225-2464
Tel: (800) 433-7785
Fax: (323) 225-1667

Stephen D.Zoccoli, VP: Stephen@pastabycosta.com
www.pastabycosta.com





A Bit of History: Los Angeles' Own Italian Pasta Company

The Costa Family immigrated circa 1900 from Corleone, Sicily, and by 1923 Costa Macaroni Mfg. Co. was established by Mariano Costa and his three sons Dominic, John and Nick. in the Little Italy section of Los Angeles, making pasta by hand for local restaurants. 1993 Connie Zoccoli-Foster, a third generation Costa family member, becomes the 4th President of Costa Macaroni Mfg. Co. and Stephen Zoccoli becomes the Vice President, and the fourth generation to manage the Company. By 2001 "Costa sales exceed 20 Million pounds, with sales in 13 western states and overseas." (Read more on the "History of Costa" ("Pasta 101") http://www.pastabycosta.com/main.html )

Further reading on the history of pasta, the question of Eastern vs. Western origins of, the place of pasta in Italian food culture, and further bibliography:

Luisa Del Giudice, "Pasta" in Encyclopedia of Food, Vol. 3, ed. by Solomon H. Katz, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, Thomson Gale, 2003: 46-52.