True Italian
True Italian


"What if we could have pasta like this in the States? Better yet, what if everyone could?" Those are the questions the Pirraglia family pondered as they sat in their home in Italy, appreciating their meal of the freshest pastas and most flavorful sauces. How could they bring something so authentically Italian-from a culture that takes the time to savor it-to a country that's always on the run?

The answer was in the Pasta Moto concept. With a long history as restaurateurs and importers in the U.S. and Italy, the Pirraglias understood that while pasta is one of the most widely consumed foods in the country, restaurants (whether full service or fast food) simply hadn't given it the attention it deserved. Pasta Moto would be different. It would be the first of its kind, filling a need to bring premium pasta to a quick-service environment. And it would import and serve the highest quality Italian pasta, made to order.

Not surprisingly, as with their other restaurants in their Tuscan Oven Restaurant Group, the Pirraglias saw their vision come to fruition. The first Pasta Moto location opened in the esteemed Westfield San Francisco Centre's magnificent Food Emporium in the fall of 2006. Complete with a variety of the freshest imported pastas from Italy, Pasta Moto developed a quick-serve system to cook pasta dishes in a minute. And all Pasta Moto sauces are based on signature recipes from the Pirraglias' acclaimed full-service restaurants.

While Pasta Moto was founded on delivering premium pastas, it has also gained a reputation for offering exceptional pizzas (all made to order from scratch in less than five minutes), paninis, and salads. And the Pirraglias have brought authentic Italian desserts, beers and wines into the mix as well, sticking true to their promise of a "quick taste of Italy" in their menu.

With the strong acceptance and reviews of Pasta Moto in San Francisco, the concept and brand will be expanding aggressively nationwide, bringing culinary innovation to cities across the county.