Velleggia’s Casa di Pasta
Published: September 19, 2012
210 Albemarle St., casadipastabaltimore.com, (410) 539-5383
Man, we love us some pasta! And not the dried stuff they try to pass off in the grocery store either. The fresh kind. You know, made that day. Even saying the names out loud—tortellini, lasagna, spaghetti—makes the stomach rumble with anticipation. We finally have a place to go for our carb fix. The four generations of pasta makers of Velleggia’s in Little Italy create over 30 varieties of cut and flat pasta each day, including their famous striped ravioli. You can actually peek in a window at the shop and see the pasta men at work. The Velleggia family, which used to run the now-shuttered landmark restaurant at Albemarle and Pratt, has been hand-making pasta at the same location since 1970. Their buttery wares are one of the best kept secrets in all of Little Italy. If you have any questions about what kind of pasta you plan to prepare for dinner, chances are you’ll be talking to one of the owners who will treat you like an old friend and not a random customer. Now THAT’S Italian.