Shelly La Fata is in the business of perfecting exceptional handcrafted artisanal Italian food, utilizing traditional techniques, passed down to her from the women in her family, specifically her Sicilian grandmother, Josephine La Fata, and it shows. Each of Shelly’s unique Italian delicacies require focus, discipline and the freshest of ingredients, all of which are essential components to authentic Italian cuisine. The lines for Pasta La Fata don’t lie. Something magical is happening when Shelly and her Pasta La Fata team visit the market.
The week leading up to a Saturday market, Shelly and her team of professionals put in dedicated and long hours in hopes of feeding each and every anxious customer. While channeling the artistry and productivity of past and present Italian grandmothers, Shelly and her production team often think about the grandmothers and people of Italy who’ve cultivated this cuisine, “When we’re working with the pasta, we often times think about women who are making pasta all over Italy. How their strong hands work the dough. There are as many ways to make pasta as there are grandmothers in Italy. Keeping with tradition is very important. Grandmothers love the people they're cooking for, and so do we.”
From 8am-10pm she rarely slows down. She can’t. "When I see lines, it makes me more ambitious. I want everyone to get what they came for. We will meet the demand and prepare as much food as possible so everyone can go home with pasta.”
Despite all Shelly’s hard work and long hours, you’d be hard pressed not to find a smile on her face.When asked what she loves most about being the creative force and owner of Pasta La Fata, she speaks of tradition, “I enjoy sharing my family’s traditions and representing Italian food culture, by using the best local products. The Italians are OBSESSED with products from their own towns. True Italian cooking is using what is seasonal, preserving what isn’t and always using local ingredients when you can.”