Sunday, September 14, 2014

Pasta Di Porto: Fine Italian Pasta | Port Stephens

Time to cook dinner. With The Lavazza Italian Film Festival 2014 coming up in Sydney (18 September -12 October) and around the major Australian capital cities, I feel like cooking pasta....but not any pasta. I'm cooking Pasta Di Porto's Eggplant Fresh Herb and Pecorino Ravioli freshly delivered by the lovely Domenica and Peter's multi award winning artisan pasta range, all the way from Anna Bay in NSW's Port Stephens on the north coast.

What makes Pasta Di Porto exceptional? This is no supermarket brand. They have an uncompromising commitment to freshness and quality. Pasta Di Porto's pastas are authentic handmade Southern Italian cuisine requiring minimal cooking time. I'm talking about 5 min pasta. It's quick and fresh for busy people like me. Pasta Di Porto's quality and freshness is seriously second to none. Pasta Di Porto supplies their pastas to several restaurants in the Hunter Valley, Port Stephens, and Newcastle area and do have their own trattoria/cafe they run on the side as well as caters for functions.

This is the final result from cooking Pasta Di Porto's Eggplant Fresh Herb & Pecorina Ravioli for dinner.

Pasta Di Porto 's passion for cooking and influence from her father shines right through in the quality of her pasta on my plate - traditional yet adding her own twist. You can have Pasta Di Porto a number of ways.

Domenica of Pasta Di Porto likes to have her ravioli in a simple way e.g. burnt butter sauce with blanched cherry tomatoes, a clove of fresh garlic and a toss of baby spinach. I wanted to try a new 'best bolognese sauce' recipe from which had chilli and red wine as an ingredient so cooked that up to see what it was like. Why not experiment? So delicious altogether! I think it's the red wine.

I used the same Bolognese Sauce for Pasta Di Porto's fresh egg spaghetti for lunch the following day, which cooks in 3 minutes. Quick, easy, fresh!

Pasta Di Porto's shop is in Anna Bay on the north coast of Sydney but they occasionally make the trip to Sydney to stock their pasta in fine food stores.

Contact Domenica at Pasta Di Porto for further details (Instagram @dompastadiporto).

This is seriously THE BEST pasta I have ever tasted and the list of double digit awards and medals from The Sydney Royal Fine Food Show says it all.

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