Not enough is said about food lovers, who happen to be hopeless chefs.
Those who dream of food, but then end up almost burning the house down when they try to realize the said dream.
Whose kitchen essentials should include fire extinguishers, and a label maker to help them differentiate between the overpriced knives they bought on a whim. Those who navigate their way around cooking with the grace of a bull in a china shop.
Some people simply aren’t cut out for cooking.
But for hard-core food enthusiasts, who live to eat, but can’t cook, this seemingly small problem is a lot more than, well, a small problem.
Take, for instance, the quintessential comfort food, pasta. For most, the experience of devouring a plate of store-bought pasta pales in comparison to the sheer ecstasy of savouring the delicate, freshly rolled-out sheets of pasta —each bite a testament to culinary craftsmanship.
But hopeless chefs don’t have to settle anymore. In the heart of India’s dynamic culinary landscape, a new trend is emerging, one that bridges the gap between you and a divine bowl of freshly made pasta.
Welcome to the world of small-batch, fresh pasta makers in India. These culinary artisans are rewriting the narrative, and bringing Italian tradition to Indian food lovers’ homes.
Scroll down to discover artisanal small-batch, fresh pasta makers near you.
Our Pasta Lab, Delhi
Run by a lovely husband-wife duo, Our Pasta Lab was one of the first to dive into this pasta-making adventure. Their menu is pretty epic, covering everything from classic fettuccine and gnocchi to their funky pasta offering called Radiator, which looks like it came straight from a car engine (in a good way, of course). And for those lazy days when cooking feels like climbing Everest, they’ve got a bunch of pasta options that practically cook themselves.
Cacio e Pepe, Mumbai
Cacio e Pepe operates as a pastificio, crafting fresh pasta, focaccia, sauces, cantuccini, amaretti, and occasionally rustic Italian crostatas. Their artisanal pasta is made in small batches using farm-fresh eggs, stone-ground flours, and natural flavours from fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Their menu features a rotating selection of limited items, including seasonal creations and timeless classics. They also offer eggless and gluten-free options for their artisanal pastas.
DEA: Lusso Pasta Boutique, Shipping globally
Disha, based in Kanpur, has introduced Dèa: Lusso Pasta Boutique, a unique venture where she personally crafts colourful and artistic fresh pasta in her home kitchen. The name “Dèa” translates to “Goddess” in Italian. Her artisanal pasta is not only visually appealing with vibrant colours and nature-inspired designs but also emphasizes healthiness. It’s vegan, handmade, sun-dried under strict hygiene measures, and includes serving suggestions for a delightful dining experience.
Casarecce Artisanal Pasta, Delhi
Casarecce is an homage to authentic, handcrafted pasta, skilfully blending global flavours with India’s finest grains. Led by Chef Sambhavi Joshi, it offers a pasta delivery menu featuring traditional choices such as tortellini and fettuccine, creatively prepared with ingredients like beetroot, turmeric, and charcoal.
Peach & Melon, Mumbai
Not just pasta, but works of art. Founded by Minal Punjabi, this venture began by offering fresh pasta from her Santa Cruz residence during the pandemic and has since flourished. Her pasta varieties, spanning from exquisite ravioli adorned with edible flowers to edible truffle cream cheese rosettes on a bed of pesto, are crafted without any preservatives or additives.
Pasta Dal Cuore, Delhi NCR
Ayesha Seksaria, who used to work as a producer, now runs Pasta Dal Cuore in Gurugram. Here, she presents monthly menus brimming with a delightful assortment of handmade, fresh pasta. Forget about machines; it’s all about rustic, uniquely crafted pasta here. You’ve got the option to grab your order or have it sent right to your doorstep. Take your pick from a variety of fresh pasta options, from delectable fresh herb ravioli to classic spaghetti, all paired with their in-house sauces.