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Joe’s Pasta House Co-Owner, KC Guzzardi, Named as One of Yelp’s Top 100 North American Local Business Owners

Big thank you to Albuquerque Business First for this great article about 

Joe’s Pasta House co-owner, KC Guzzardi‬, being named as one of

Yelp’s Top 100 North American Local Business Owners & chosen to participate in

Yelp’s first ever Coast To Coast: Because We Mean Business!

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Rio Rancho Restaurant Owner Among 100 Honored by Yelp

Kc Guzzardi, Co-Owner of Joe's Pasta House

KC Guzzardi, Co-Owner of Joe’s Pasta House Named One of Yelp’s Top 100 Local Business Owners in North America

2015 NM International Auto Show

We love a good car show, don’t you?  If so, the 2015 NM International Auto Show (video brought to you by kasa.com) is here through this Sunday at the ABQ Convention Center.

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Do You Enjoy Fine, Imported Foods & Confections?

Do You Enjoy Fine, Imported Foods & Confections?

Do you enjoy partaking in delicious, fine, imported foods & confections?  Well we do too & now we have a nice selection of these products available for your home or to give as gifts, to a well deserving person!

It has been a work in progress, but the retail area at Joe’s Pasta House is open! Come in and choose from a selection of incredible Olive Oils, Olives, Asparagus, Cookies & more.

Among the Olive Oils you will find several Roland offerings as well as the buttery, organic olive oil of McEvoy Ranch.   Now, McEvoy does hail out of California, not oversees; but it is an agriculturally responsible ranch that uses a blend of Frantoio, Leccino, Pendolino, Maurino, Leccio del Corno and Coratina Italian Olives to make their oil & it is just sumptuous!

Organic Olive Oil

McEvoy Organic Olive Oil at  Joe’s Pasta House

Olive Oil

Roland Olive Oils available at Joe’s Pasta House

While choosing which olive oil you would like best you will also have a choice of Italian & Greek Olives, French Salts & Mustard, Pasta, White Asparagus, Garlic Stuffed Olives & mmmmm, Organic Balsamic Vinegar!  But wait, we have more on the way… like dipping oils!

Olives

Roland Garlic Stuffed Spanish Olives

Asparagus

Roland White Asparagus

Dijon Mustard, Sea Salt & French Sea Salt

Roland Organic Grained Dijon Mustard, Grey Sea Salt & Fleur de Sel French Sea Salt

This is all sounds great, but what about for those who have an eternal sweet tooth? We have you covered too!  How would you like some Rolled Gaufrettes, a variety of Tartlettes or Amaretti Cookies?  Remember to pick up a San Pellegrino & Aqua Panna to wash it all down!

Cookies, Tartlettes

Roland Lemon Tartlettes & Strawberry Tartlettes

Is there something you would like but don’t see here or anywhere you look in New Mexico?  Let us know the product you are missing & we will be happy to do our best to find it for you!

Bon Appétit!

Cultural Traditions – Enjoying Life’s Moments

Do you & your family have cultural traditions that were shared & handed down by the elders?  Chances are you do.  Whether your Italian, Italian American or have a different heritage; you are probably thinking of a time-honored ritual that your family shares, as you read this blog.  I am not talking about holidays necessarily, but about the day to day precious moments that we have the opportunity to enjoy.

Our family is Sicilian American, closely associated with Italian American

Our family is Sicilian American, closely associated with Italian American

In our family we sit down to dinner and share our day, thoughts, struggles, dreams & family history.  In the Italian (Sicilian) American culture; Sundays are known as a day for family, friends & food… then more food!  You may have heard us making reference to the pot being on stove all day on Sunday, ready to welcome & feed everyone who comes to visit.  The food is delicious & nurturing but the camaraderie – stories told, instruments played, singing & dancing amongst the laughter; these are precious moments in life we get to relish.

Stuffed Eggplant Appetizer

Stuffed Eggplant Appetizer

Today; in this day & age, it is commonly heard that “I am too busy,” having no time to participate in these vital, nourishing customs.  We are hoping to encourage everyone to stop; put down the cell phones, laptops, iPads & iPods – take time to say hello, how are you, let’s sit & talk over a nice meal… enjoy these cherished occasions & the people you love.  Don’t rush – make the time; you will embrace these memories dearly as generations grow & pass.  Imagine being able to share stories of family traditions, history, funny times & maybe even adventures experienced with the younger generations; inspiring them to take the time to share & enjoy life’s moments.

What are some of traditions you share with your family & friends?  We would love to hear your story….

Coming Soon to Joe’s Pasta House

When you own a business,  you are always making changes whether it is basic upkeep, replacement of products, updating, redecorating, rearranging or just plain bringing in something new.  This is one of those times when we are bringing in something new; it is coming soon & we want to share it with you as we go through the process!

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You may notice some changes taking place when you come to dine with us – an addition of a retail area!  We will be introducing Fine Domestic/Imported Foods & Confections.  The selection; that will be available for you to purchase & enjoy at home, will include an eclectic array of pastas, oils, olives, tasty treats & more.  There will be a diverse assortment of brands from which to choose.  We decided to offer this because we know how difficult it can be to find fine Italian products & ingredients here that are more readily available in larger cities, closer to the coastal regions of the United States.  Many of our regulars ask us how they can purchase higher quality goods that just don’t seem to be available here in the grocery stores. So; we are going to bring some of those favorites to you, as well as some really nice products we have come across & use at home ourselves.   Please join us in our excitement as we remodel & bring in something new; for you!

Southern Italy, Northern Italy & yes, Central Italy – There is a Difference in the Regional Cuisines.

Are you, your family or ancestors from Southern or Northern Italy?  Than it is likely you know the cuisine of these regions, while may having similarities, are also very different.  There are many “regions” in Italy, generally cuisine is divided into two – Northern or Southern… but there is also Central Italy!  The food in all three areas bring something unique to the dining table.

Map of Italy

Map: 3 Main Regions of Italy

Let’s start in the North where you are likely to dine on meals that are rich & creamy along with stuffed meats & pastas; Parmigiano-Reggiano may well be the most popular cheese.  The Ligurian coastal section of north-west Italy boast fish (baccala), like Cod.

In contrast, Southern Italy is known for it’s tomatoes  – cooked in a sauce or served fresh; as well as peppers, olives, olive oil, garlic, Ricotta cheese, eggplants, zucchini & fish, like Tuna or Sardines.  As you can see, Southern Italy has had a great influence on American Italian fare.  For all you Pizza lover’s out there… it hails from Naples, also part of Southern Italy.

Organic Black Eggplant

Organic Eggplant in our Garden at Home.

Zucchini Squash

Organic Zucchini fresh from our garden.

Do you hear Italians mention Central Italy often?  Honestly, I don’t think I have ever heard that once!  Traditional Central Italian cuisine uses ingredients such as tomatoes, all kinds of meat, fish, and pecorino cheese.  In Tuscany and Ubria, pasta is usually served alla carrettiera (a tomato sauce spiked with peperoncini hot peppers).

As you can see by our menu; we offer a dining experience that is influenced by all the above, in addition to the induced Italian American dishes that came from our ancestors when they moved to United States. Comment below & share with us which style of cuisine you like best… or maybe like us, you enjoy it all!

Penne Baked

Baked Penne

What is the proper pour for wine?

We have been asked many times “What is the proper pour for wine,”  so we thought we would share a little information about this topic.

First, do you know what “One Serving of Alcohol is Considered?”  It actually varies depending on the type of alcohol you are serving, like wine or beer.  Here is a basic outline for proper pouring & serving:

  • 5 ounces of wine
  • 12 ounces of a beer or wine cooler
  • 8-ounces of malt liquor
  • 1.5 ounces of 80 proof distilled spirits  (Whiskey, Vodka, Rum, etc.)

Keep in mind that some States have different regulations regarding how much alcohol is served at one time, so an alcohol beverage could be served according to State Law.

Wine figures

Restaurants may offer different pours of wine, like 3oz., 5oz., or 8oz. – at different prices. So in this case the “Proper Pour” of wine would depend on the size you prefer.  We have never come across a proper pour being any larger than 8 ounces.  You will also notice that there are all different sizes of wine glasses; it is always better to have a larger glass so you are able to swirl the wine to aerate, helping to release it’s essence.

When you come into dine with us, you have a choice of ordering house wines by the Full Carafe, Half Carafe or Glass & for those who prefer more diversity in their wine choices; we also offer a variety of wines by the Glass or Bottle.  We pour 1 size when serving by the glass – a measured 6 ounces & it comes in a nice 20 ounce glass to enable you to swirl without spilling.  It may look like a small pour, but we do measure it when pouring &  it is priced at what you may pay for a 5 ounce pour in many other establishments. If you would like to order a bottle of wine but don’t want to drink it all at one time; we also offer Wine Doggie Bags, which are approved by the State of New Mexico & you are able to take what is left in your bottle of wine home with you.  Have questions? Our staff, management & owners are happy to assist you in picking out the wine that you would most enjoy.

Click here to view our Beer & Wine List (Availability May Vary).

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