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It's National Lasagna Day!

Toronto's Best Lasagna

 

 

 

 

 

We're told we make the best homemade lasagna in the city! 

Lasagna: Layers of Pasta Goodness

Popular comic strip character Garfield referred to lasagna as nature’s perfect food and we couldn’t agree more.  It is perhaps one of the most recognized Italian pasta dishes and certainly one of the most popular among our customers. 

Lasagna, also often referred to as pasta al forno (oven baked pasta) is a casserole type dish where layers of pasta sheets are alternated with sauces and other ingredients and then oven-baked.  Neapolitans are said to have invented the dish in the 14th century, using fermented dough, flattened into a thin sheet, boiled, sprinkled with cheese and spices, and then eaten with the use of a small pointed stick.  Since then the recipe evolved into what is now known in Naples as lasagne di carnevale (Mardi Gras pasta).  It is layered with local sausage, small fried meatballs, hard-boiled eggs, ricotta and mozzarella cheeses, and sauce.

The lasagna recipe that most are familiar with (layers of pasta with sauce, béchamel and ricotta or mozzarella cheese) is associated with Emilia-Romagna but the recipe has even more variants depending on the Italian region and can include various meats, miscellaneous vegetables and flavorings such as wine, garlic, onion and oregano.  The one common element is the cooking process, lasagna is always oven-baked.

Fresh lasagna sheets made from 100% Durham semolina, spring water and Grade "A' Eggs are always available in store for layering at home or if you’re short on time or have to cater to a large crowd pick up or place an order for our prepared lasagnas that allow for you to just heat and eat.  Our lasagna has often been referred to as the best in Toronto so be sure to drop by and get a taste for yourself especially in time for National Lasagna Day on July 29th.

#nationallasagnaday #continentalnoodles #homemadepasta #bestlasagnaTO

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July 14th - National Macaroni Day


national macaroni day

It is a comfort food classic; consistently on the list of children’s favorite food choices and so beloved that it has mentioned in nursery rhymes, contemporary pop songs, and even had a crayon color named after it.  It’s macaroni and cheese, the pasta dish that is, believe it or not, consumed the most by Canadians.  So, what better way to honor National Macaroni Day on July 14th than by preparing this iconic dish.

The image that typically comes to mind is the small curved tube of pasta known as elbow macaroni, but the word itself which comes from the Italian maccheroni refers to pasta traditionally shaped into straight, tubular, square-ended short pasta.  Maccheroni can be prepared any number of ways, with a hearty meat ragu, as an omelet better known as a frittata (typical in Naples) or layered into a casserole with sauce and cheese known as pasta al forno (baked pasta).

While it has been a traditional artisan pasta in Italy, the British are credited with the creation of mac and cheese as we know it, a baked casserole dish of pasta combined with béchamel sauce into which cheddar cheese has been mixed, then baked until bubbly and golden. The recipe has evolved since its 17th century origins often turning into a five-start dish with the inclusion of gourmet ingredients such as lobster and truffles, or by using other shapes such as our cavatappi (corkscrew pasta) or creste di galli (rooster pasta).

Stop by the store to pick up some cresti di galli and a jar of our homemade béchamel, then just add your favorite cheese(s); bake and voila you’ve got comfort food at its finest.  Happy Macaroni Day!

#nationalmacaroniday

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Plating Up Canadiana with Maple Leaf Pasta

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Plating Up Canadiana with Maple Leaf Pasta

Plating Up Canadiana with Maple Leaf Pasta

The maple leaf has served as a Canadian symbol since the 1700s.  Not only has this foliage served as the centerpiece of the National flag for over fifty years but it was also the emblem of the first St. Jean Baptiste Society in North America in 1834 and it was incorporated into the badge of the 100th Regiment of Royal Canadians in 1860.  The leaf of the mighty maple is included in both the Ontario and Quebec coat of arms and has appeared on the penny since its first minting.

The maple leaf is the most prominent badge of our nation so what better way to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary than by incorporating it into your celebratory meal.  Cook up a Canada Day pasta dish with our special Canada150 Pasta.  Festive red and white maple leaf shaped pasta made with all natural ingredients and no preservatives is the perfect way to plate up some Canadiana.   Toss it with your favourite sauce or use it for a spirited pasta salad in honor of this very special occasion.

Be sure to drop by and pick up some maple leaf pasta to serve up for your Canada Day festivities.

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Plating Up Canadiana with Maple Leaf Pasta

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Plating Up Canadiana with Maple Leaf Pasta

The maple leaf has served as a Canadian symbol since the 1700s.  Not only has this foliage served as the centerpiece of the National flag for over fifty years but it was also the emblem of the first St. Jean Baptiste Society in North America in 1834 and it was incorporated into the badge of the 100th Regiment of Royal Canadians in 1860.  The leaf of the mighty maple is included in both the Ontario and Quebec coat of arms and has appeared on the penny since its first minting.

The maple leaf is the most prominent badge of our nation so what better way to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary than by incorporating it into your celebratory meal.  Cook up a Canada Day pasta dish with our special Canada 150 Pasta.  Festive red and white maple leaf shaped pasta made with all natural ingredients and no preservatives is the perfect way to plate up some Canadiana.   Toss it with your favourite sauce or use it for a spirited pasta salad in honor of this very special occasion.

Be sure to drop by any of our locations and pick up some maple leaf pasta to serve up for your Canada Day festivities.

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Back To School

We have prepared meals that are perfect for the college or university student also elementary & high school!

Single serving lasagna’s, veal & chicken parmigiana, eggplant & zucchini parmigiana, mac & cheese ravioli, spaghetti & meatballs & a variety of other pasta dishes. We can also prepare any dish on order! Back to school just got a little easier!!

Back to School Special: All single serve prepared meals $7.00! 

Call ahead to order as they sell out fast!

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VOTE FOR US

Thank you to all of our customers, friends and supporters. We've been nominated for a Top Choice Award and would love for you to vote for us. We work our butt's off to create gourmet pasta and sauce for you and your family. It takes 1 minute! 

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Rolling pasta by hand.

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Rolling pasta by hand.

Check out Vince and Juan rolling pasta by hand! You'll also see Cassandra hand rolling our nests for our wholesale clients. Click here to watch this quick video #toronto #bestpasta #gta #youtube #pastabilities #torontosoriginal #bestpastagta 

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Thanksgiving Wishes

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Thanksgiving Wishes

THANK YOU TO ALL OF CUSTOMERS AND NEW CLIENTS WHO TOOK THE TIME TO VISIT OUR RETAIL STORES THIS THANKSGIVING. 

AS WE COUNT OUR BLESSINGS ON THIS THANKSGIVING DAY, WE COUNT OURSELVES EXTREMELY LUCKY TO HAVE CUSTOMERS LIKE YOU. THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS YEAR TRULY WONDERFUL. 

WE HAVE RECEIVED SO MANY PICTURES OF FAMILIES EATING OUR PASTA AND IT TRULY WARMS OUR HEART. THANK YOU FOR TRUSTING US AND ALLOWING US TO PREPARE PASTA FOR YOUR FAMILY AND TABLE.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! 

ALLA PROSSIMA,

LIBERATORE FAMILY / CONTINENTAL NOODLES

 

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Thanksgiving with Continental Noodles

Ciao a tutti!

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we're ready to serve you and your family! 

In this time of gratitude, we give thanks for you. We value your patronage, loyalty and confidence in us. We are extremely grateful for all of our customers and your continued support. Our goal is to serve you and your families the best, nutritious pasta.

Many of you have asked what we are preparing this week for Thanksgiving. Please consider the following and give us 24-48 hours to prepare your order. 

PRODUCTS FOR THANKSGIVING

  • Ravioloni (Lg Square) stuffed with butternut squash
  • Harvest Ravioli stuffed with ricotta & maple syrup
  • Nero di Seppia Ravioloni (Lg Square) stuffed with ricotta and butternut squash 
  • Agnolotti (Half Moon) stuffed with sausage, rapini, kale & ricotta ** these are amazing..just sayin'**
  • Rustic Butternut Squash Soup
  • Sweet Potato Soup
  • Sweet Potato Gnocchi
  • Medaglioni (Lg Round Ravioli) stuffed with pumpkin 

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