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Louise's Story

Hi neighbors, my name is Allison (Louise is my middle name), and here's the short version of a long story...

Pasta Louise is a neighborhood gathering spot to eat some pasta, grab a glass of wine, hang out with friends, have some hot chocolate. You can pick up a coffee on the way to work, and a pasta kit on your way home. Or maybe sit down with us at any of our outdoor tables... we even have heaters and shelter from the rain!

Our cooking is simple, casual and comforting. We have big salads, and tasty things to add to your pasta, like burrata, house made ricotta and crispy prosciutto. All of our sauces are made from scratch, and we use local, organic ingredients whenever possible. Our homemade focaccia is pretty fantastic too!

Our homemade ice cream is just as tasty as our pasta. The flavors change daily, and we have a bunch of great toppings!

I grew up in New York, but spent a decade out in Oakland, CA, where I co-founded a mac + cheese restaurant. I moved back here to be closer to my family after I lost my sister to cancer, and I’m so happy I get to build this business with them by my side. 

When I'm not at the restaurant you'll see me around Brooklyn... running in the park, at the farmers' market, chasing my two boys, Nico and Luca, or out to dinner with my husband Alejandro. 

You can read more about me, my cookbooks, my history, all of that... over at my other site...Pastafriday.com.

Giving Back to Brooklyn

Pasta Louise won’t be just about the pasta. A big part of my business will focus on the ways we are giving back to the community. One of my major initiatives is the Pasta Rose Scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to high school students in Brooklyn who have lost a parent to cancer, helping them achieve their goals and pay for college. All of you can support the scholarship fund by taking a pasta-making class, ordering specific items on the menu and looking out for other monthly events at the restaurant. 

I will also be donating daily meals to people in hospice and starting a business mentoring program for local students.

The pretty lady in the picture is my grandmother, Louise, who taught me how to cook. I wish she was still around to see this, though she would be totally embarrassed to see my logo! Hey, please say hi… send me a note at allison@pastalouise.com