Your Super Bowl Party Won’t be Complete Without These Foods!

What would a party, especially a Super Bowl party, be without food? From sandwiches and sliders to chips and dip, this annual event is responsible for bringing fans young and old together for a Sunday fun day. With the 50th Super Bowl coming up, we wanted to recommend a few foods worth having as you cheer your favourite team to victory. Sure you could prepare these yourself, but if you would rather take a break from the kitchen and spend that time with your friends and family, you’ve come to the right place.

1) How About Some Italian Sausages?

If you think these sausages can only be an entree, you’ve got another thing coming. Made from a deli located in the heart of Edmonton’s Little Italy, these Italian sausages the real deal. After roasting them with a healthy amount of onions, the sausages are then get added to a huge pot full of our homemade tomato sauce alongside some green and red peppers. We do is so that the sausages can absorb all of those flavours before they reach your plate. These sausages can be enjoyed by themselves, as a side, or even as a sandwich, making them a pretty versatile option regardless of what you’re in the mood for. For only $4.25 per sausage, you can treat your guests to a tasty Italian sausage!

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2) Meatballs for Everyone!

Meatballs are by far the quintessential Super Bowl snack. Whether you want to have them with pasta, as a sandwich, or by themselves, the possibilities are endless when it comes to enjoying this Italian staple. Each one of our meatballs first begins in a big bowl; after adding salt and pepper to this mixture of ground beef and pork, we begin hand rolling them into the giant meatballs that you’ve probably seen at Pasta Pantry. Much like the sausages, these meatballs then get placed into a pool of sauce before getting devoured.  A dozen meatballs can be yours for only $17.95; make sure you grab enough for everyone to enjoy!

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3) Pick the Pasticcio!

The Pasta Pantry Pasticcio, our MVP, should need no introduction. This dish been responsible for bringing everyone in the Edmonton area to our trattoria and we hope that your guests can sink their teeth into this dish during the big game. Our pasticcio can be topped with 3 sauces: Meat, Hot Italian Sausage, and Vegetable, all of which offer a completely different experience. Made with a variety of pasta cuts, the pasticcio combines the best things in life (pasta, sauce, and cheese) together for a meal that can’t be beat. If you’re trying to eliminate gluten from you diet, our pasticcio can also be made gluten free; just let us know when you order it and we’ll be extra careful with your order. If you’re looking to have enough pasticcio to go around, you’ve got two options: the 6-10 serving tray for $64.95 or the 15-20 serving tray for $114.95. Either way, you can go wrong when it comes to having pasticcio.

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There’s a good chance that these foods made your mouth water uncontrollably (to be perfectly honest, we’re experiencing that same hungry feeling as well). If you’re thinking about bringing some Pasta Pantry to your Super Bowl party, give us a call at 780-467-3777 to place your order today. You can also visit our Catering page to see the full list of foods we offer. Our phones are always ringing during Super Bowl weekend, so we would prefer if you gave us at least 48 hours notice when ordering your food. We hope you have an amazing Super Bowl Party!

Pick Your Pasta!

To say that we love pasta would be an understatement. Because of all the different types out there, there are an infinite amount of ways it can be enjoyed. Whether you pair it with a protein with a sauce, it’s become the go-to meal for many people that come through our doors.

We’re always introducing new pastas for you to try, but today, we wanted to show you three different varieties and the sauces that best complement them. All of our pastas are made fresh daily from durum semolina flour that’s grown right here in Canada. The following recommendations are worth checking out if you want the authentic Italian experience, but we always encourage you to mix and match different sauces to find your favourite combinations.

Tripoline (which is pronounced tree-poh-lee-knee) is a longer cut of pasta with a ribboned edge similar to lasagne. Because of its ruffled edges, it’s a great choice when paired with a creamy sauce like our Alfredo. Tripoline is unique because it’s a richer, thicker type of pasta that must be tried if you consider yourself to be a pasta lover.

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Our next cut is the lumaconi, a pasta which you may know better as “shell pasta.” It’s a small cut that’s open on one end and closed on the other. The lumaconi has an empty centre which is perfect when you’re having it with a sauce like our Spicy Italian Sausage. In Italian, lumaca means “snail;” depending on how it’s prepared, lumaconi can be made with or without ridges (the ridges help with holding sauces).

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Last but certainly not least, a cut you’re probably most familiar with: linguine. Originating in Southern Italy, this variety is flatter and wider than spaghetti (in fact, the name from from the Italian word for “little tongues”). Linguine is most commonly paired with a meat sauce or pesto, but you’re more than welcome to have with with your favourite sauce when you’re at Pasta Pantry.

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The best part about these pastas? Each and every combination of pasta and sauce at Pasta Pantry can be yours for only $8.49 (you can also get an unlimited amount of pasta for $11.95 if you’re really hungry). These pastas can also be ordered at home (for more information about having Pasta Pantry at home, check out this post).  If these pictures made you hungry, stop by Pasta Pantry today! Before you stop by, make sure you follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with with everything going on at our trattoria!

Vote Pasta Pantry in the Tomato Top 100!

What delicious foods have you had in 2015? It might sound like a strange question, but there is a reason why we’re interested in your answer: The Tomato Top 100 is back! As the go-to source for the world of food and drink in the Edmonton area, The Tomato has been a handy guide for people who want to try something new. But this list isn’t exclusive to just restaurants. The magazine/website also asks readers to vote on everything from fresh foods available at farmer’s markets to classy cocktails.

Although we’ve had many people throughout Edmonton and Sherwood Park stop by our trattoria over the years, we would love to continue growing our family business. Word of mouth has always been a crucial part of the restaurant world. With your support, we can show even more what we have to offer. If you’re a fan of our mouthwatering foods at Pasta Pantry, one of the easiest ways you can help us spread the word is by voting for Pasta Pantry in the Tomato Top 100.

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Whether you’re a fan of our signature dish, the Pasta Pantry Pasticcio, or you can’t get enough of our Caesar salad, we encourage you to vote for your favourite foods in The Tomato’s Top 100. Besides making the most delicious Italian foods for our patrons, we’re proud to be in a position to support other local businesses and events in the community. 2015 had us teaming up with FC Edmonton and the Ronald McDonald House for their Goals That Give program and alongside a number of other eateries for the 3rd annual Cravings in Sherwood Park in 2015; this year, we plan on being involved with even more community-related activities! Your votes have the potential to introduce people to Pasta Pantry and provide them with another option for eating real fresh foods at a locally owned restaurant.

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To vote for the Tomato Top 100, please visit this link and fill out the appropriate sections. Once you’ve voted, let us know via Facebook and Twitter. You have until the January 29th to vote for your favourite places to grab a bite or have a drink. We appreciate your support and we hope to see you soon at Pasta Pantry!

Healthy Eating Isn’t Hard at Pasta Pantry!

January is often the month in which everyone promises to revamp their eating habits, but some people have the misconception that healthy eating means bland, boring meals. We’re here to tell you that there are plenty of ways to enjoy flavourful foods at home and when you go out to eat. We understand that it can be challenging is to make healthy changes, so that’s why we want to let you know about some of the healthier options here at Pasta Pantry.

Try Our Tuscan Grilled Chicken!

One of the easiest ways you can make your next meal more nutritious is by adding protein. Besides boosting your metabolism and reducing cravings, this macronutrient is essential for every diet (and if you’re not a meat eater, don’t worry; you can still get your daily requirements through grains, nuts, and vegetables). For a fresh, juicy, and organic addition to either one of our salads, the Tuscan Grilled Chicken is the best way to have a meal without a ton of unnecessary calories. For more information on how our Tuscan Grilled Chicken is prepared, head over to this post.

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Add These Sauces & Dressings to Your Meal!

You might have had other sauces and dressings in the past, but have you tried ours? Instead of giving you a bunch of unnecessary additives and preservatives, we guarantee that every Pasta Pantry sauce and dressing is made with real foods and packed with fresh flavours. Whether you’re having one of our many pasta sauces at our restaurant (we’ve got Meat, Hot Italian Sausage, Tomato Vegetable, Alfredo, and Four Cheese and we encourage you to mix them together), or you’re buying a container of dressing to be enjoyed at home, there are plenty of ways to change up the flavours of food to keep things interesting.

We’ve also got both of our salad dressings, Creamy Italian and Caesar, and our pesto available for your next meal at home. Besides being used for pasta, pesto can also be enjoyed as a marinade for meats or as a spread for sandwiches. Just remember that a little pesto goes a long way! Visit our ‘Fresh Pasta at Home’ page to learn more about these sauces and the different sizes they come in.

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Our Minestrone Soup!

If you want to stop getting sick during this time of the year, you’ll love this next dish. While there are many variations of minestrone soup, we’re confident that our version reigns supreme. Pasta Pantry’s take on this classic Italian staple combines celery, carrots, green beans, kidney beans, cauliflower, tomato, garlic, onion and cabbage to give you a bowl of soup that is both delicious and packed with health benefits. For only $5.95–or $7.95 if you want as much soup as you can handle–you can try this soup today!

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Are you craving some Pasta Pantry right now? Stop by our restaurant today! Also, if you’re not following us on Facebook and Twitter, make sure you do so and stay up to date with everything going on at Pasta Pantry!