A lot of people have asked what sparked Pappardelle Pantry and it has been a combination of very different factors. Over the coming days I would like to share my story of the evolution of the dream and legacy my sister and I have made to make Pappardelle Pantry a reality!
My sister and I have grown up working (and still working) in our family restaurants. We are all located at Pappardelle Ristorante in Haberfield ( for those who don’t know but haberfield is a little “paese” less than 8km out of Sydney’s CBD where Italian is the primary language in some pockets of the suburb!). We have been on an Italian culinary journey with our parents and grandparents without us even realising!
We have been learning slowly throughout our lives about FOOD – Italian food! We see so many people walk into our restaurant with such a passion for the food from our heritage! We have noticed almost EVERYONE loves Italian food – we have people from all walks of live, older people, the young ones who have grown up watching shows such as Master Chef and MKR. We have gotten to know a lot of Asian and Middle Eastern people who have been game enough to try our food and have trusted us to educate them of the simple flavours of Italian cooking. The olive oils and balsamics, all the different shapes in the world of pasta, our rice – Risotto! The sauces and spices, bread! All the things that make Italian food, simply Italian and in my opinion THE BEST CUSINE IN THE WORLD!
Our parents have taken us on several food safaris back to the motherland. We have been to Tuscany for the olive oils and wine, we’ve been to the food markets down the back streets of Florence, the balsamic’s from Modena! We love Italian food!
We have cooked with mum, dad, Nonno and Nonna and had so much fun in the kitchen learning family recipes which we share with our guests in the restaurant. So many of our guests have loved so many things we considered “normal” to have in the fridge at home!
Our pickled eggplants and green tomatoes, our Mums chilli jam (careful as mum loves her chilli HOT!), our green olives, garlic pastes and our Nonna’s gnocchi!
So the first spark was created by YOU, our guests of Pappardelle Ristorante. We have let you try our green tomatoes and people have wanted to buy jars from us. We did not have the time to jar them up but we are looking at doing so VERY SOON (so look out for them!)
Mum has always wanted to share he little Knicks knacks with your fridge to make your next Panino with provalone and mortadella that little bit more yummy for a long time so my sister and I want to make her legacy a reality through Pappardelle Pantry.
Our dad spends days making his own green olives. – they are amazing and those who’ve had them know what I am talking about!
These are a great little appetisers we use at home before we eat our meals with a bit of bread and olive oil.
We love how food has kept our family so close and passionate through out our lives and want to share these two items as well as others with you, your family and kitchen so you too can use the joys food in an Italian way!
That was one of the reasons Pappardelle Pantry will be coming soon so look out of the site and ask us next time you visit our family at Pappardelle Ristorante!
So I have told you about our PASSION for food, growing up in restaurants, learning our family traditions, going back and forth from Italy – learning and falling in LOVE again and again discovering new stuff that we share with our clients at Pappardelle Ristorante.
For example, fregola sarda. Your probably wondering “what the hell is that”! Well to describe it, it is similar to a risotto/couscous but very different. It looks in between “pastina” (the small little pasta our mum used to put in our soup in winter when we were children) and a risotto! In essence it is a semolina dough that is toasted. Simple but beautiful.
At Pappardelle Ristorante we did the dish with squid ink, peas and cuttle fish – it was an amazing dish. While the traditional way back in Sardegna is with mussels and Napoletana sauce.
A lot of people didn’t know Fregola existed and after trying it wanted to know where they could find it so they could cook it at home. I wasn’t aware that it is hard to find!
Another interested product from Sardegna is Bottarga – again your asking – what’s that?! Well Bottarga is a salted cured mullet roe but it is done in a very traditional way – taking weeks to cure. The flavours are strong and only a small amount is needed on a plate of pasta or a nice piece of grilled fish. The same principal goes for a high quality EVOO (extra virgin olive oil). Drizzled over a simple Caprese salad will bring explosions of flavours with every bite! Yum!
At Pappardelle Ristorante, we have always loved cooking Italian a little different, using goods that other restaurants may not experiment with and our clients love trying different flavours so these curious food loves have asked us where to FIND the items you don’t normally find in the local super market.
So with our clients DEMANDING our chilli jams and green tomatoes as well as other hard to find boutique Italian regional goodies we thought, let’s bring these wonderful things of our Italian heritage under a one-stop online shop umbrella as Pappardelle Pantry!
Our MISSION at Pappardelle Pantry is to create a true Italian online “supermercato” offering the ESSENTIALS needed in your pantry while not forgetting your wine racks!
Food and wine is as much a part of our culture as Football and Siestas, Prada and Gucci! Eat good, look good, drink good AND live good – that is the Italian way!
So over the next few months we will hand select some of the best Italian wines available in Australia, bringing them direct to your door.
Hopefully YOU are slowly getting the gist of Pappardelle Pantry – great wines, house made family dishes, organic pasta and ready to use sauces. Risottos and peeled tomatoes to make your own sauces, marinated olives as well as a gluten free range full of flavour. Truffles, organic olive oils and balsamic… I could go on and on but I’ll save more for the next blog. It’s time to indulge your taste buds with what Pappardelle Pantry will be offering YOU!
The Spark In The Pantry
I have taken you through a journey of our passion for Italian food, growing up in restaurants and sharing our family traditions and specialties. The next path was paved by YOU – demanding we sell our chilli pastes, green tomatoes and olives, garlic jams and other Italian goodies you don’t see in the local supermarket!
A lot of our friends are moving out of home now, newly weds starting their own lives and we get invited to kitchen tea parties and through these celebrations our friends slowly build there kitchens. (Isnt that the idea of one?) Some get new pots and pans, tupper wear, others give cutlery and glass wear while the luckier ones receive microwaves and coffee machines! I would sit in amaze seeing how many different things people get for their kitchen. Knowing the sort of stuff friends receive, and to be honest, some of the stuff barely gets used! (I am sure you have received your fair share of useless house warming gifts!)
So instead of giving just another gift, I created a little “start up kit” for their pantry consisting of an array of necessities such as peeled tomatoes (so they can make a yummy sauce in one of the pots someone else got them) extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar from Modena (to drizzle over a salad), some fun pasta shapes, a fine Barolo wine anyway I am not going to go on about it but you get the drift. My friends were amazed and shocked at the little hamper boxes I would create and giving as a house warming gift!
I found it humorous that their kitchen cubbords are jam packed while their pantry and fridge was EMPTY, so my gifts was to help kick start their pantry!
They would call and thank me when they had little time to prepare a meal and the goodies in our “start up kit” hamper was a life saver! Then another call would follow wanting to buy more for me!
So through Pappardelle Pantry, you too will be able to give an Italian hamper with the finest products and wines as a gift for any occasion! There will be gluten free baskets, “start-up” kits and wine hampers. They will be on display in the restaurant very soon so keep an eye out for them!
So there you have it – Pappardelle Pantry is a combination of an online wine store, boutique “e-supermercato” and an Italian hamper specialist as well as a source of interesting Italian culinary facts, recipes and family memories!
We are looking at a couple sites at some of Sydney’s best growers markets – keep an eye on our blog or ask us the next time your in at pappardelle ristorante where you can find us!
We are excited for this new venture and would love your feedback, support and suggestions! We listen to the needs of you and that is why Pappardelle Pantry has been fast tracked!