Pasta e Vino opens to takeaway with extra care


Karlie Brady


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Patrizia, Aron, and Mauro from Past e Vino. Image: Karlie Brady.

When the Pasta e Vino team envisioned opening their Italian restaurant this year they hadn’t factored in a global pandemic restricting restaurant service, however, not to be deterred they pushed on with a takeaway focus.

And yesterday the Italian family from former Port Douglas restaurant Osteria Padella, came back on the scene opening Pasta e Vino.

Aron Michielli from Pasta e Vino said the original plan had been to open a pasta bar serving quick and affordable fresh Italian meals.

Now Pasta e Vino has tailored the business to takeaway, offering quality ready to eat food as well as dry and fresh pasta, sauces, and produce to cook the perfect Italian dinner at home and from next week they will also offer beer and wine to go with your meal.

They also have a home delivery service along with a convenient online ordering system and are offering a 10 per cent discount to the first 25 readers that enter the promocode NEWSPORT.

Opening a restaurant in the current climate is difficult but it has prompted Pasta e Vino to go to extra lengths to ensure the safety of patrons and staff.

“We have developed and implemented a strong food safety plan and operating procedure that goes beyond current compliance measurements, so we can reduce the risk of spreading the virus,” Mr Michielli said.

“We have a set of procedures for sanitising the restaurant and all aspects of delivery. We will still take cash but we will sanitise all money before we use it and we prefer contactless transactions.”

Mr Michielli said they have strict record-keeping practices, recording all delivery, pickup, and anyone that comes in or out of the building, to help with traceability just in case it is needed.

“I've seen the effect this virus has had on my home country in Italy, and I feel that it's of the upmost important for businesses to take the responsibility to put procedures in place to minimise the risk,” he said.

While it certainly isn’t how they had planned to operate their business, it is the new normal for the time being and once restrictions are lifted they will forge on welcoming customers into the dining side of the restaurant.

“We love food, preparing it, cooking it, and eating it; what we serve is exactly what we eat, so we always hope that our food will excite customers as much as it excites us,” Mr Michielli said.

Pasta e Vino is now open Tuesday to Saturday 12:00pm to 8:30pm at shop 5 23/25 Macrossan Street in Port Douglas.

You can make an order over the phone on 40994184 or online at Pasta e Vino.

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