MELINA’S FRESH PASTA
Carmella, Owner & Pasta Maker at Melina’s Fresh Pasta, grew up in a traditional Italian-American family in Syracuse, NY (Go Orange!). The first to be born in the United States, she longed for a connection to the country every other member of her family was from. After years of watching her mother, Giuseppa, make homemade Italian food from what her father, Giuseppe,* grew in his garden, she wanted to share the Italian tradition of food made from scratch with care and served with love to family and friends. Upon arrival in North Carolina Carmella noted a lack of authentic Italian food in the area (and a lack of Italians!). So in 2010, she traveled to Bologna, Italy to supplement the Southern Italian cooking lessons of her mother and learn the Northern Italian tradition of fresh pasta making.
*Yes, her parents have matching names. They go by Joe and Pina now but their names translate to Joseph and Josephine.
After coming back from Pasta Making School, Carmella kept her day job which is too boring to go into and started making pasta as a hobby. Our first farmer’s market was in Wake Forest in November 2010 with a few dozen handrolled pastas in rickety packaging from the Dollar Store. In the spring of 2011, with some help from her college roommates from Colgate, we got ready for our first spring markets in Wake Forest, Cary & Carrboro. After selling out the pasta that took an entire week to make in 2 seconds, Carmella decided to go all in.
Mom & Dad making wine surrounded by homemade sauce
Mom making Carmella’s favorite – Arancini
Mom & Dad making cured meats circa late 1970’s