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Sad news for local pasta lovers

Elisa Gambino (AJC Staff)

Elisa Gambino (AJC Staff)

Elisa Gambino just sent an email to let me know she will be discontinuing her Via Elisa  line of handmade pasta and will close her lovely little westside Italian food shop. She will continue selling her line of jarred pasta sauces through Whole Foods Markets and other outlets.

It’s been a great seven-year run for Gambino, a former CNN field producer who turned her passion for Italian cooking into one of the best (if not THE best) artisanal food business in Atlanta. My family and I are huge fans of her porcini ravioli, and we’re going to be sure to stock up before the market closes.

Sad, sad, sad. When will the fallout end?

Here’s Gambino’s announcement, which will go out in a newsletter later today:
Dear Fellow Pasta and Pasta Sauce Enthusiasts,

Via Elisa’s store – but not our sauces — will end what has been a glorious
seven-year run in Atlanta at the close of business on Saturday, October 17,
the latest victim of an unforgiving economy.

Though that will mark the last day we will make our award-winning pasta and the last day our store will be open, I want you to know that we will
continue to make our sauces, whose sales have grown despite the economic climate.

Since the line of Via Elisa sauces sold at Whole Foods Markets throughout
six states in the South does very well, I will focus on developing Via Elisa
as a sauce company. All three of our sauces -Passionately Perfect Tomato,
Diavoletta and Sofia’s Sicilian Caper – are available in 16-oz. and 32-oz.

Between the flooding and the economy, there has been much sad news here in Atlanta, and when I think of the loss that so many people have suffered,
this bit of news seems trivial in comparison.  I am thankful to all of you
who have supported Via Elisa since we opened our doors in 2002.  I have been overwhelmed by your kindness and dedication to the success of Via Elisa and I hope you will continue to support the sauces as I streamline our business. I have always enjoyed delivering pasta to the people in the neighborhoods, markets and our store. I am confident I will enjoy promoting and selling our sauces as well.

A supply of Via Elisa pasta and ravioli is available at Whole Foods Markets
here in Atlanta (as we have just shipped out a fresh batch). You know where to find it! We will also continue to accept your orders until October 16 and I hope you will stock up.  Everything we make freezes well.

On a closing note I want to thank the incredible and dedicated staff of
professionals who work here at Via Elisa.  Without Dave, Tina, Bess, Noe,
Maryland, Darnell and Dahlia, Via Elisa would not have been possible.  Their dedication to Via Elisa has inspired me daily and has kept me going over the years.  Their contribution to the business has been immeasurable.  Please thank them when you come to the shop.

And please do come by, say hello and pick up your pasta, ravioli, sauces,
meats, cheeses, vinegars and oils at least one last time.  The store will be
open and we will be here making pasta through Saturday, October 17 and we would love to see you.

As I have always said, a two-pasta day is a good day!  And if you are
looking for sauce, all of our 16 ounce sizes are still on sale at Whole
Foods Markets in the South for only $3.49 until October 13th.

A Presto,


12 comments Add your comment


October 7th, 2009
12:33 pm

a very sad day, indeed. the pasta freezes well, so go get some and stock up now.


October 7th, 2009
1:39 pm

No more pasta truck?!!! What will I do on Thursdays…cook?


October 7th, 2009
1:48 pm

Noooo!!! This is terrible! Man, what great pasta. I only wish I’d made it down there more frequently from out here in West Cobb.

Buckhead Working Mom

October 7th, 2009
2:59 pm

I was afraid of this! I just asked Elisa last Thursday how business was going and she gave me a half-hearted “OK”. I have been thrilled with her pastas, sauces and the fact that she’s a small operation has made me a loyal customer. Elisa, thanks for providing yummy things for our family to eat and we wish you luck with your sauce company!


October 7th, 2009
3:00 pm

Oh, NO!!!!! Dang it, now I’m gonna have to go back to making my own. This is really, really sad news– their thin-as-thin-can-be sheets were what made my lasagne so great. :-( I’ll truly miss this product.


October 7th, 2009
3:27 pm

On the surface, if someone that seemingly successful in the artisanal, local food business can’t make it, there isn’t much hope for other ideas…


October 7th, 2009
3:33 pm

Enter your comments here My Thursday’s will not be the same without your wonderful pasta!

Joe D.

October 7th, 2009
4:30 pm

I can not believe this!! We have shopped at her stand at the Peachtree Farmers Market for 2 years now. How sad. Take care Elisa and good luck to you and what your future holds.


October 7th, 2009
4:55 pm

Buy a case of sauce at Whole Foods and get even more of a discount! Buy a case and share with your friends – a great way to introduce your friends to (and get them hooked on) the deliciousness that is Via Elisa sauces :)


October 12th, 2009
5:39 pm

truly a shame, especially since Elisa does it better than anyone else – - best of everything, Elisa – - you ROCK!!

glenn campagna

October 12th, 2009
10:23 pm

that location did not help. they should have gotten closer to star provisions.

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