Pasta, pasta... and more pasta! I want to explore the origin of pasta and speak to someone who actually quit her day job to give small business owner a try. Listen to my chit chat with founder of Semolina Artisanal Pasta Leah Ferrazzani. Prior to starting Semolina, Leah worked as a food and wine writer in Los Angeles, California. She is now suppling her pasta to some of LA's hottest restraurants. I love pasta! Coming from a large Italian family, I pretty much cut my teeth growing up on it.
I’ve always wondered what it would be like to be an artisanal pasta maker! Leah Ferrazzani the founder and owner of Semolina Pasta certainly did. Leah launched Semolina Artisanal Pasta in October 2014 out of her home kitchen, converting her laundry room into a makeshift pasta dryer using some consumer electronics and a lot of moxie. Now, Semolina pasta is sold all over the country and online for home cooks.
As part of her small business commitment, she also donates a portion of her pasta making profits to her local community organizations that focus on food justice, preservation and education.
“Our values as a company reflect my values as a mother, an environmental advocate, a feminist and a believer that a successful business can be conducted with transparency and integrity.”