The Best place to live in the USA also has the best Pasta around

The Best place to live in the USA also has the best Pasta around

Our community is beaming with pride this week when Boulder was ranked the #1 Best Place to Live in the USA by the US News and World Report, and we’re sure having access to Il Pastaio‘s quality fresh pasta didn’t hurt Boulder’s ranking. The report evaluates the best places to live for quality of life and safety. Their editors highlighted:

“Boulder’s natural beauty and abundance of opportunities for outdoor recreation, including parks, trails and open space. It also noted Boulder’s extensive bike network, thriving economy, lively arts community, dynamic Pearl Street and impressive restaurant scene.”

US News and World Report 2020

Therefore we are confident our fresh pasta and authentic Italian food surely contributed to putting Boulder ahead of the pack!

These days, we could all use some good news. Here at the restaurant, we are very concerned with the numerous local fires that are threatening our friends, neighbors, and local ecosystem. We send our best wishes and prayers to anyone in our region facing these serious dangers, and we tip our hat to the brave men and women who fight these fires with interminable courage. We respect, admire, and appreciate you all.

Photo credit: North Metro Fire, Broomfield.

But onward and upward. We will continue doing what we do best: making pasta. Our Halloween Stimulus Package will continue to be available well into the month of November. You’ll be able to enjoy the sweet potato gnocchi (an excellent addition to any Thanksgiving menu), throughout the Fall season.

Our latest product: sweet potato gnocchi.

Our Pasta Stimulus Packages Deliver relief and delicious fresh goods.

Our Pasta Stimulus Packages Deliver relief and delicious fresh goods.

When the pandemic caught us off guard, and things started getting dicey at supermarkets, here at the restaurant we decided, our community needs pasta stimulus packages to deliver relief and confidence in fresh goods during scary pandemic times. Our signature bundles are creative combinations of our favorite fresh products, offered at a deep discount to fill your pantry. Here now, in October, with the pandemic still alarming, and a relief package not within sight before the election, we pledge to keep our pasta stimulus packages available to our community, and extend a great deal all throughout your holiday needs.

Items from the Halloween Stimulus Package.

Currently the Halloween Stimulus package features our new sweet potato gnocchi, and seven more items of foodstuffs that will resolve your creative menu needs for the coming holiday season. Click here for full item list.

Our first pasta stimulus bundle, back in April.

Our shop’s privilege is to hear testimonials from customers about the experience they shared with their families while making the pasta dishes at home. Over a boiling pot, the simple experience that comes together by placing the pasta in the water, and counting out the time to take it out. Planning out the time to have the sauce ready. Preparing the table, and getting the plates out. It’s what we hear about, and so much more. It’s hard to share it all over a blog, but you have to experience it for yourself. Bring home the pasta in bulk, is not only a way to have dinner, but also to ignite a special experience.

Don’t just let us tell you about it. Here is a list of some the websites that review our restaurant and their rating. We were shocked to see so much content. Our heart goes out to everyone who ever took the time to leave a review. Thank you! It helps.

Google Reviews : 420 reviews as of 10/13/2020. rating 4.6

Yelp. 401 reviews as of 10/13/2020. Rating: 4.5

Facebook: Based on 46 reviews as of 10/13/2020. rating: 4.7

Tripadvisor gave us a rating of 4.5 on 111 reviews as of 10/13/2020.

All tallied, even the famed Zagat’s gave us a 4.5 for food and said:

Review: “What a great little find!” cry Boulderites who stumble on this “reasonably priced” strip-mall throwback “to the old country” run by a “delightful” family that dishes up “authentic Italian food with lots of love”, including “excellent pasta” “made fresh on the premises”; dining is cafeteria-style by day with table service at night, and while the interior may “need an upgrade”, the food “will keep you coming back again and again”; P.S. closed weekends.

True, we are closed on weekends.

Our Halloween Pasta Stimulus Package is Scary Good!

Our Halloween Pasta Stimulus Package is Scary Good!

This year’s fears and thrills won’t let up, so inspired by the season and the fall colors, our shop has created a Halloween Pasta Stimulus Package that will deliver scary good times and delicious meals. Deep in the “pasta laboratory,” our “mad” pasta scientists went to work assembling a new stimulus package that delivers the flavors and colors of the season. The astonishing results from our mad scientists? A special pasta for the autumn season: Sweet Potato Gnocchi!

Sweet Potato Gnocchi.

With this winning line-up of items, you will be inspired to create visually stunning dinners, while providing your guests with nutritious and delectable pasta and sauces made locally, in Boulder, CO.

The Halloween Stimulus Package (about 12 adult servings):

1 lb. Sweet Potato Gnocchi

1 pint Spicy Aurora Sauce 

1/4 lb. Parmesan Cheese

1 pint Arrabiatta Sauce

1 pint Alfredo Sauce

1 lb. Goat Cheese Ravioli

1 lb. Shrimp Ravioli

1 lb. Black Linguini

This combination, with its bulk discount, is yours for $50 and includes 12 servings of pasta, with plenty of sauce to experiment with.

We also assembled a Mini Halloween Stimulus Package, which features the new special gnocchi along with some excellent classics.

Halloween Stimulus Package (not all items pictured).

The Mini Halloween Stimulus Package includes:

1 lb. Sweet Potato Gnocchi

1 pint Arrabiatta Sauce

1 pint Alfredo Sauce

1 lb. Black Linguini

So, if you are thinking of small gatherings, and you want to astonish and astound guests with some killer pasta products, ask for the Mini!

We hope everyone has a wonderful start to their Fall season. Stay safe, socially distance, and take care of each other.

Get to know Il Pastaio Pasta Factory, our First YouTube Video

Get to know Il Pastaio Pasta Factory, our First YouTube Video

As we commence the month of August 2020, we’d like to cross another milestone in our 20th year, it’s Il Pastaio’s first YouTube video! Completely filmed and produced in-house, our first video aims to share what our factory can do. Pasta making is our privilege and honor, and we’d like to share the experience with you. Without further ado, camera, lights, action!

At Il Pastaio, we are not just an Italian restaurant, we make fresh pasta in quantities that allow us to extend to the customer a great deal for quality, fresh food products made locally in Boulder, Colorado. Our Pasta Stimulus Packages have been a great way for our restaurant to share a sampling of all the options we offer. View our bulk menu for the detailed extent of our pasta and sauces, but there is so much more to explore.

Our skilled pasta maker produces pasta sheets that you can use to make, lasagna, tortellini, and ravioli of your own design. We can press the sheets to the thickness of your choice.

Fresh pasta sheets.

The culinary possibilities are exciting! Have you ever made manicotti? Or, how about a great family, in-door activity… assemble a lasagna as a family. Did you know that with fresh pasta sheets, you don’t have to cook the pasta ahead of time? You can just assemble and bake! Pasta sheets can and will make the whole family happy. Contacts us if you have any questions, we are here to help!

Statement Of Support For the Skokan Family

Statement Of Support For the Skokan Family

With this platform, we would like to express our deepest sympathies to the Skokan family, of Boulder County; our dear and esteemed community leaders, friends, and colleagues.

We deeply admire and value your families’ contribution to our community, and your heartbreaking loss is felt by everyone you have had the pleasure of impacting with your gift. We are with you at this moment in grief, and we will be there for you in the time ahead.

Our deepest sympathies,

The Oreamuno family & Il Pastaio Staff

You can visit the Skokan Family’s labor of love, their amazing restaurant, Black Cat in Boulder, or make reservations for their farm-to-table dinners in Longmont here.

The Boulder community quickly got together and among numerous efforts, built a great cause to support the Skokan family, please visit this following link for more information.

As a restaurant we understand the hours of toil and commitment dedicated to the great work the Skokan’s have invested in their labor of love, and therefore we appreciate your support and extra attention to both of their distinct and notable culinary experiences.

Looking for information on Pasta Stimulus Packages, here.

Il Pastaio Turns 20! Pasta Package highlights our Best Sellers over the years, including: Spicy Aurora!

Il Pastaio Turns 20! Pasta Package highlights our Best Sellers over the years, including: Spicy Aurora!

Il Pastaio turns 20 years old in July, and our latest pasta package highlights our best sellers. We figured, why not apply our deep discount to a new pasta & sauce package? Our new medley offers our most popular items throughout these fortunate years attending to Boulder’s fresh pasta needs. How could we resist making this great offer?

Here is a list of what is included in our latest pasta stimulus package:

  • 1 lb. of Papperdelle pasta
  • 1 lb. of Italian Sausage Ravioli
  • 1 lb. of Gnocchi pasta
  • 1/2 pint of Pesto sauce
  • 1 pint of Spicy Aurora* sauce
  • 1 pint of Basilico sauce
  • 1 pint of Three-Bean salad
  • 1/4 lb. of Parmesan cheese

Yours for $45 .

This package includes enough pasta and sauce for about 9-12 servings, three dinners for a family of four! There’s numerous options to explore, but behold! The great surprise included in this package is *spicy aurora sauce!

Spicy Aurora sauce.

This amazing combination of our signature Alfredo and Arrabiatta sauces, is a well kept secret of frequent diners of Il Pastaio’s storied days of normal dining (Spanning twenty years of memories, 2000- early 2020).

Making new kinds of memories in our twentieth year.

In those days, customers would reach beyond the limits of the menu and ask for ‘spicy aurora’ sauce. The bold choice would lead to the discovery of a delectable creamy sauce with a sage amount of heat, acquired only by toning down our arrabiatta sauce. Once tasted, spicy aurora demands to be revisited. This package brings a perfectly blended pint of this secret sauce that you can share for three servings. Your friends will thank you.

Fourth of July Pasta Stimulus Package

Fourth of July Pasta Stimulus Package

Just in time for the Fourth of July, we present our new PASTA STIMULUS PACKAGE: a care parcel of our fresh pasta, sauces, and more that will help you elevate your holiday fare.

Fourth of July Stimulus Package.

This package is unique because this one comes with a built-in recipe for a delicious pasta salad. Available at a discounted rate of $40, you will receive our pasta-salad recipe and everything you need to make it at home. The Fourth Of July Stimulus Package includes:

  • 1 lb. of Fusilli
  • 1 lb. of Linguini
  • 1 pint of Basilico sauce
  • 1 lb. of Roasted Peppers
  • ½ pint of Artichokes
  • ½ Three-Bean salad
  • ½ pint of Mediterrenean olives
  • ½ Special Pasta-Salad Dressing
  • 2 Berry Surprise Desserts

From the beginning, our Stimulus Packages were intended to bring relief to families while adjusting to the new reality of the pandemic. The Stimulus Packages have helped the shop stay open. We love hearing about the great meals, joy, and family-togetherness that the Pasta Stimulus Packages have created. For this reason, we are continuing with this program and hope you try it, too.

We are continuing with indoor and outdoor dining, while maintaining adherence to social distancing guidelines. Reservations are available, we have considerably less tables during the current setting.

Best of Boulder: 20 years in business and still getting good marks!

Best of Boulder: 20 years in business and still getting good marks!

We are pleased to announce that our happy pasta restaurant made it to the Best of Boulder County list, thanks to your votes! It is fitting that we can celebrate this flattering acknowledgment on our 20th anniversary.

It goes without saying that without the support and word-of-mouth help from our customers, as well as the hard work of our great staff, we would not have made it this far. Boulder, we are very much grateful and we’ll be here for you as long as our passion will take us.

Here’s the ad you’ll see in the special edition of the Boulder Weekly, out this Thursday, June 18, 2020.

For the foreseeable future we will continue with our cautious re-opening campaign, in which we adhere to state and local social-distancing guidelines. This informs our counter service as well as our dine-in service, which is open and available for reservations, weekdays. As you will note, the picture below shows our lovely outdoor tables for diners to enjoy a lovely view, a refreshing glass of chardonnay, alongside a plate of linguini pesto cream.

Il Pastaio’s storefront on a lovely, sunny, yet slightly windy, evening.

These folks said, “We’re smiling under our masks!” I think it shows.

We hope everyone stays safe! We will continue to offer our new items: the pasta stimulus packages. These are bundles of our homemade sauces and pastas at a discounted rate. Bundles bring sauces, fresh pasta, enough for two to three meals. They’re a great way to share Il Pastaio with those who cannot travel or dine out yet.

Il Pastaio’s Dining Room Reopening For Diners, under current state guidelines.

Il Pastaio’s Dining Room Reopening For Diners, under current state guidelines.

We are very grateful to our Colorado community for getting us through the past few strange weeks. Our goal since the reality of the pandemic finally became clear has always been the dream of reopening to our community. Making fresh pasta is our passion, but we need people to share it with, and we need to learn to do it in the safest way possible and with great care.

Giuseppe and Marta, owners.

As of the latest developments with our state’s government and guidelines, it is now possible for Il Pastaio to resume a scaled down level of dine-in service. We have reviewed the plans and recommendations and have implemented our state’s new health standards.

Our dining room will be open for regular lunch hours and dinner.

By adhering to the state’s guidelines, we will be able to maintain social distancing recommendations while providing a safe and cozy place to take yourself out to dinner.

With our limited dining space (now cut down by 50 percent) please make a reservation of less than eight individuals by calling the restaurant at 303-447-9572. We will continue to take your to-go orders and offer our Pasta Stimulus Packages. We will extend our dine-in hours to 8 pm, for the first week of reopening.

Appreciation for our Boulder location & some big news!

Appreciation for our Boulder location & some big news!

A serious consideration, but a reflection on the essential bounty of our work.

Indeed the coronavirus has upended our daily lives in many ways we did not see coming. Gone for now are the days when we took simple things for granted, particularly in the realm of being an American consumer. Take, for instance, the simple joy of access to toilet paper! Perhaps we are past that scary toilet paper shortage but currently we are still facing a food shortage situation, brought on by the pandemic: panic buying and hoarding, distribution problems, lack of migrant workers, inability for people to get back to work due to health concerns, and it goes on. This exacerbates the national problems regarding food deserts, empty shelves, volatile commodity prices and the concerns surrounding meat packing operations all over the country.

Our thoughts go out to Americans everywhere who are suffering through these difficult times to stay healthy and ensure they have nutritious foods for the whole family. For our part, Il Pastaio‘s pasta machines have run unabated throughout this pandemic. As our region’s most prominent brick and mortar boutique pasta factory, we will continue to produce our classic quality food products, adhering to our levels of quality, while working with our suppliers to the best of our abilities to maintain our prices where they are.

Fresh fusilli & rigatoni.

In addition to the NEWS that we are selling our Pasta Stimulus Packages at a great discount to the customer,

We decided to bring back our LUNCH SPECIAL!

Our lunch buffet (photograph taken before pandemic).

Our famous Lunch Special is based off a buffet. You choose an entree, a side and it comes with salad and bread for $13. Currently lunch will only be available TO GO. Pick it up curbside, contact us at 303-447-9572. Thank you!