The women are so nice here! The food is excellent and all home made! You can't get out of there without eating your weight because of all the food that they want you to try and it's all amazing. My kids are very finicky eaters and are on different diets but we all agree on the noodles, Every color and shape all made upstairs. Buy more then you think you need because there is never enough...man
For over thirty years I have had the pleasure of being a Pastificio customer. I have two homes, Lake Forest, IL and Naples, Fl. The best part of two homes, Pastificio is either close to my Lake Forest home - or they ship their wonderful food to me in Naples, Florida. Presently, the world is challenged by the horrible Coronavirus 19. I am fearful of carryout, no restaurants are open - but, smile. I have Pastificio in my freezer!!! Tonight I had the most beautiful dinner all thank you to Patricia's Pastifico's team. Please do not look to your left or right - Pastificio is THE BEST.
If I'm cooking Italian, then this is where I'm getting my pasta! There is such a great selection of dried pastas in every shape and color. Squid ink - yes, spinach - yep, lemon - uh huh! This family owned business has been making some of the best Italian foods for many years. My family has been buying the premade lasagnas and meatballs forever. Those meatballs are to die for! The lasagnas come in a few variations of sauces in both fresh and frozen. There is also a great selection of pasta sauces in assorted sizes should you choose to add your own pastas. Plus, there is a quaint selection of oils, vinegars, and desserts.
Hidden gem alert!So it seems, I've been exploring the Italian side of life in Highwood lately. I've always been so curious about Pastificio. I mean if Jay K and Valerie D love it, I knew they wouldn't let me down...and they didn't!Today I stopped in and had the most amazing experience. At first I received a complete tour of the store and learned about the freshness of their products. Knowing I wanted to leave with something for my kiddos for dinner, I figured I'd pick up an authentic cheese and sausage pizza from their freezer. I have a typical budget for dinner, and went to pay with my debit card, but I didn't meet the $15. However, since it was my first time, the owner, Pat, came out and let it slide. I also had the chance to chat with her for quite awhile and learned so much about her business and the Highwood community. She is celebrating 40 years in business. Wow! Not only did I leave with a delicious, authentic, frozen pizza, but they gave me two dried pasta nests in a bag with a ribbon as an extra special treat. Speaking of the dried pasta, the cases of homemade pasta are in plain view and so pretty to look at. You'll want to leave with all of it. I'm totally coming back for pasta on a future trip. Take note: Saturdays they have a nice hot bar with Italian delights. Pat mentioned the neighborhood regulars always come in for that. 5+ stars for the customer service. What a lovely establishment. I really hope you'll stop in when you find yourself in Highwood. The shop is a little off the beaten path, but it's so worth the visit.
I stopped in yesterday for the first time. I had a wonderful experience. The owner and the other woman that was working were very welcoming. They took me around the little store and explained what they had and even gave me samples. Everything I sampled and the food I brought home to cook was sooo yummy! I'll be back soon! Keep up the good work