Here at DCMTL Blog we are always on the lookout for great places to eat. With that in mind, we decided it’s time to shine the spotlight on one of the staples of Central District’s Chabanel street: the Pasta Bar.
Established in 1989, the Restaurant Pasta Bar is fast approaching 30 years in the neighbourhood. We had the opportunity to speak to the restaurant’s founder and co-owner, Dominic Taddei, to ask him about his restaurant and how he came to set up shop here in Central District.
The Pasta Bar is a cafeteria style restaurant, located at 230 Rue Chabanel. It is open every weekday lunchtime from 11:30 am till 2 pm in the afternoon, and it specializes in traditional, homemade Italian meals. Dominic, who runs the restaurant with his business partner Salvatore Marando, has been involved with cooking and serving food his whole life.
Originally from the Abruzzo region of central Italy, Dominic’s family emigrated to Montreal in the 1960’s when he was just 14 years old. He follows in a rich tradition of foodies, and enjoyment of food has always had a community aspect for the Taddei family. Dominic learned many of his recipes the old fashioned way, by helping out at home. In their native Abruzzo, “the Taddei’s would often cook together, uncles, aunties, grandparents etc, preparing all the catering for weddings and parties within their community”.
It is in this communal atmosphere that Dominic first started to pick up some of the culinary skills that now benefit all the hungry people of the community. At the Pasta Bar, sharing and enjoying good food is the order of the day, as Dominic points out: “I love food, and I make the kind of food that I like to enjoy at home with my family”.
Stop by the Pasta Bar any weekday and you can expect to be welcomed as part of the family and enjoy all your favourite Italian pastas, veal and chicken parmesan and deserts. Everything is prepared in house and comes with that authentic and satisfying homemade flavour.
DCMTL Blog, would like to thank Dominic Taddei and his staff for taking the time to share a slice of the neighbourhood with us.