If it isn’t already apparent, we unapologetically love Italian cuisine, in particular, pasta. Big fresh flavours often married up with a plate-licking sauce, cheese and overall carbohydrate goodness. Where can you go wrong?
And what if we were to tell you that the Gold Coast has been graced with a place where you can buy fresh pasta to take home and cook restaurant-quality dishes with ease. You’d probably say we’ve gone mad.
Well, my friends. A warm welcome please for newly opened The Pasta Emporium in Robina.
The premise behind The Pasta Emporium is quite simple. To hand-make delicious and fresh pasta and sauces for you to take home and cook up in the comfort of your own home but feel like the dish could have just walked out of the kitchen of your favourite restaurant. And do they deliver on this ethos, you wonder? We can 100% confirm this.
But be warned, folks, once you taste quality handmade pasta, there is simply no going back! Part of their secret is using high-quality durum wheat semolina and not your standard white flour.
During the research stage of opening the shop, the mother and daughter duo behind The Pasta Emporium experimented with imported flours from far and wide. Only to find that the best results were with flour milled in our very own state’s capital city, Brisbane! Even though this local flour costs more than its Italian imported equivalents, it was the only option for their pasta made with passion when they saw and tasted the results.
On any given day, you’ll find several different types of fresh pasta for you to take home, with at least one (if not more) gluten-free options. Yay for our Coeliac friends!
Specialist pastas such as potato gnocchi and ravioli are being made up in small batches daily by non-other than the in-house Italian pasta maker Michele from Puglia. Visit in the first part of the day and you’re likely to see him working away between clouds of flour. And with any quality hand-made pasta, its shape and thickness can determine the taste and even how it holds the sauce. With these aspects being paramount, Michele delivers nothing short of perfectly curated pasta.
Owner Natalie and her staff are very knowledgeable in how to make an ‘al dente’ pasta, and in time, the shop hopes to bring out some self-help guides to assist customers with their quest to achieving pasta heaven. But the pasta is only one part of the meal, The Pasta Emporium also offer a range of unique pasta sauces made fresh on-site and available for you to take home — how good is that?! Say goodbye to buying your average pasta ingredients from a supermarket!
We can also disclose there are some whispers of a potential future delivery service; so there really won’t be any excuse for you not to experience some authentic pasta that will have you shouting Bellissimo!
Where: 19/514 Christine Avenue, Robina
Hours: 9am-5pm Monday -Thursday, 9am-6pm Friday and 9am-2pm Saturday
Words by Alex Mitcheson.