From Soil to City

You’ve probably seen bags of Sfogilini pastas at your Local Roots NYC CSA pick up site or maybe you’ve got a pasta share yourself! A few months ago our director Wen-Jay chatted with Scott Ketchum on her weekly live radio show, Food Stripped Naked. They dedicated to sourcing local grains and seasonal ingredients in their pasta and use traditional Italian techniques. This comes across in the quality and taste and yes, there is a huge difference in taste between your average grocery store pasta and one made with care. Sfoglini pasta also come in great shapes that you don’t see often in your standard dried pasta selection – zucca (Italian for “pumpkin”) and reginetti are two available all year round.  

One of Sfoglini’s goals is to introduce people to a variety of local grains and fun seasonal ingredients that you might not often see. Who can get tired of beets when they come in pasta form? They’ve produced interesting flavors in partnership with local food businesses like a beer pasta using milled grain from the Bronx Brewery or a scallion pasta with yours truly using Local Roots NYC scallions.

We learned a lot of fun facts about Sfoglini – their original business plan (they wanted to open a restaurant), what it takes to get a pasta shape named after you, and yes…the stinging nettles in the stinging nettle pasta really do sting before they’re cooked!

Wen-Jay & Scott also had a great discussion about the importance of supporting food producers and your local food community. Buying locally made products supports food manufacturing here in New York City, and since many of these producers also use ingredients from local farms, you’re helping to support these farms as well.

Listen here for more about how Sfoglini got started and what it’s like to work in a building that is now a massive food incubator but previously housed Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.To learn more about their pasta and for a collection of recipes to keep you inspired in the kitchen with your pasta, see their website.

A side of warm, delicious pasta is a perfect compliment to any meal you make with your Local Roots NYC bounty. You can order your Sfoglini Pasta through Local Roots NYC and pick up a different variety of pasta every other week at one of our CSA locations.

(photo cred to Edible Brooklyn)