Pasta factory's four co-owners Elisa Cavigliasso, her boyfriend Alberto Umoret and their friends Enrico Princi and Paolo Gaudino, grew up together in Turin. After moving to England they missed the fresh pasta and family sauce recipes of their native Piemonte, so they opened this casual, authentic ‘pastificio’. (They also own the Noi Quattro pizza restaurant across the road on High Street.)
The Pasta Factory serves fresh pasta dishes to eat in or take away as well as dry goods and fresh pasta in a small deli area.
The pasta varieties and seasonal sauces are chalked up on the blackboard. Depending on the time of year you visit, you might find reginette al barbera with slow-cooked venison ragù, or bucatini with monkfish in a tomato sauce. All dishes are cooked fresh on site every day, from scratch using meat sourced from the Butcher’s Quarter in Tib Street and seafood from Out of the Blue in Chorlton.
There are also some terrific vegan options such as the delicious Malfadine di Farro al Daniele (organic wholegrain spelt pasta tossed with asparagus, chestnut mushroom and confit tomatoes) and they even make their own vegan 'Parmesan'.
Reasonably priced wines are from their native Piemonte and some bottles come from smaller, lesser known vineyards, unavailable elsewhere.