Maui Pasta, located at the Shops at Gainey Ranch, got its humble beginnings on the island of Maui. Executive Chef Patricia Inman was in two year studying pasta making and creating true Italian dishes. She started making the pasta in her home to raise money for daughter who wanted to go on a school trip.
It got wildly popular with the locals and before she knew it, she and her husband Ron started selling it at Farmer’s Markets. They expanded their business by creating and selling homemade baked goods, sauces and desserts. By 2015, their Factory Store and Take-Out Restaurant was opened. As an accountant, Ron ran the operations.
Sadly, Ron passed away nine months later. Patricia was surrounded with amazing friends and support and was able to keep the restaurant going. One of the employees, Debra Lynch, became Patricia’s new partner in the business.
In the meantime, Patricia developed an internet relationship through a support group with Stephen Hochhaus whose wife had passed away from cancer in 2011. Their friendship bloomed into a romance and they were married.
When an electrical fire damaged the restaurant, they had to move. When they could not find a suitable place on Maui, they decided to move to Phoenix and open a Maui Pasta there.
Today, they are still making their own mascarpone and ricotta cheeses as well as their sauces. There are no preserves added so the flavor is fresh. This has contributed to tall he positive posts online.
La Piazza PHX, located at 1 N 1st Street, bakes the traditional Neapolitan Pizza. Their second location is in Glendale.
Using the true Neapolitan pizza style, they use only San Marzano tomatoes and plum tomatoes to make their sauce. The Flour is a call 00 Italian and their dough is made daily. The cheese, Mozzarella di Bufala, is also made daily
They brick style oven is fashioned after a six-thousand-pound oven that is specially made in Italy. It fires up to nine hundred degrees to cook the pizza in only ninety seconds.
La Piazza PHX boasts that they are a VPN Certified Neapolitan Pizzeria. They are members of the True Neapolitan Pizza Association which was founded in Naples, Italy in June 1984. VPN stands for Verace Pizza Napoletana or True Napoletana Pizza. This non-profit group is recognized worldwide.
Not all pizza’s need to be perfectly round with the perfect crust. The crust will char, however, since they have over eleven hundred raving internet posts, I am sure their taste makes up the difference.
Located just twelve and one-half miles east of Phoenix is DeFalco’s Italian Eatery in Scottsdale, Arizona. They are also a grocery store and delicatessen.
Emigrating from Abuzzi, Italy in 1903 to Toronto, Canada, the DeFalco family opened the first DeFalco Italian Grocery. After he grew up, John moved to Michigan where he met Dora DeAngelis. Years before, the DeAngelis family emigrated to the United States. After they married, they opened and ran an Inn where Dora created pasta dishes and John made sausage.
Their son, Jerry and his wife, Judith, ran DeFalco’s Italian Eatery when Dora and John retired. Their son eventually took over. Using recipes over one hundred years old contributes to their success with over sixteen hundred rave reviews on the world wide web.