Continuing a local tradition that began with Thomas Jefferson at Monticello, Charlottesville's Pasta Valente was founded by Fran Valente in 1982.
Inspired by Italian tradition, Fran started making pasta in her sewing room with a small hand-cranked pasta machine. Initially she sold her pastas at the Charlottesville City Market on Saturday. Gradually expanding into retail outlets across Central Virginia, Pasta Valente could be found in specialty retail stores, gift baskets, wine shops and upscale grocery stores throughout Virginia. Today, Pasta Valente products can be found all across the continental United States.
Using custom, locally-milled wheat flour to create the perfect hand-crafted texture the flour is mixed with a secret combination of herbs, spices and dried vegetables, then rolled, hand cut and air-dried for 24 hours. Each package is hand-packed to insure quality control and perfect pasta. This homemade taste and texture is created by adhering to a strict traditional manufacturing process.
Wholesale, private label and co-packing available.