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Monday, January 28, 2013

Hartford Business: Di Fiore Pasta Company




While many lament the downfall of the South End over the last generation, some gems, throwbacks to the bygone era when the neighborhood was known as "Little Italy" remain today. The Di Fiore Pasta Company may just be the best of them all. Located at 556 Franklin, Di Fiore Pasta is a family owned shop specializing in homemade pastas and raviolis that are nothing short of sublime. 





The ravioli case is really the crown jewel of this tiny pasta shop located almost directly across the street from other favorites MC's Barbershop and DiBacco's Grocer. The cooler is full of raviolis stuffed with mouth watering ingredients that we would never have dreamed of folding into a ravioli. If there's any downside it is that the options are so many, and so appetizing, that they can cause paralysis by overanalysis in trying to make a choice. Ever have breaded buffalo chicken ravioli? Good, damn good.

The rest of the shop features prepared items, most just needing to be heated up. Fresh pastas, sauces, and bread are all readily available. From red sauce to clam sauce, lasagna to stuff manicotti to hand dipped ricotta, if you are craving Italian, Di Fiore is the place.

Another unbelievable feature at Di Fiore's is the olive oil and balsamic bar. Featuring infused olive oils and balsamic dressings, Di Fiore does expected combinations superbly (galic or basil infused olive oil) and the unexpected absurdly well, the green apple balsamic being a Sad City favorite.

While everyone is trying to identify the new up and coming thing, or bemoaning what Hartford doesn't have it is easy overlook what Hartford does have and easy to forget that the  classics are old classics for a reason; they are just flat good. You aren't going to get better, fresher pasta anywhere, period.

When they say Hartford Has It: Art or Hartford Has It: Food, Di Fiore Pasta Company, because this is truly food as art, classically done and beautifully executed.





8 comments:

  1. That truck is awesome. Now all we need is a shuttle from Downtown to Franklin Ave during lunch time

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  2. The South End is stil awesome, epescecaly the Goodwin Park area duing the Fall. Granted things aren't the same as they were 30 years ago but there e still enough gems around that make me glad I decided to stay.

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  3. Hello, I'm the 3rd generation of owners here at DiFiore's and I just want to thank you for this wonderful article on us. We very much appreciate it. Next time you come through ask for Dan. I'd love to meet you!

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  4. My mother has been buying DiFiore's pasta for as long as I can remember. A few weeks ago she picked up the plain ravioli and it was mind blowing. There is a fantastic artisan pasta shop near where I live now (close to Davis Square, in Somerville, MA) but their ravioli pale in comparison to DiFiore's. These guys are the real deal.

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  5. Nobody does it better!
    Simply the best.
    We have been buying there for decades.

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  6. he Di Fiore Pasta Company may just be the best of them all. Located at 556 Franklin, Di Fiore Pasta is a family owned shop specializing in homemade pastas and raviolis that are nothing short of sublime.
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  7. Businesses come and go - so support local one! Try looking at another CT web site like www.hartfordshopper.com - Spending local = keeping jobs!

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