Pasta Challenge Winners 2020

The Vancouver Foodster Pasta Challenge  was a success featuring creations from restaurants around greater Vancouver. Each restaurant featured their Pasta creation from October 8-31, 2020. Our media judging panel determined the ultimate winners of the challenge, and this was quite the task as each judge who tasted each creation with a rigorous process based on taste, originality/uniqueness and presentation/appearance.

The Winners are:

1st Place:

{101 points}

Casereccio Foods

West Coast Nonna’s Ravioli

Price: $22

Created by: Chef Alex

Description: Handmade spinach ravioli stuffed with BC wild sockeye salmon and creamy mascarpone cheese, served on a bed of velvety caviar cream.

Ingredients: Spinach (For the Pasta Sheets); BC Wild Sockeye Salmon; Mascarpone Cheese; Whipping cream, Caviar, Parmigiano.

Available: Lunch and Dinner daily

Casereccio Foods

2480 Vine Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-734-4440

Web: www.caserecciofood.com

Instagram @casereccio_foods

2nd Place (tie):

{99 points}

Orto Artisan Pasta

Fall in Newfoundland

Price: $32

Created by: The team

Description: crab and lobster penne gratin, lobster bisque

Available: Lunch and Dinner, Tuesday – Saturday

Orto Artisan Pasta

1600 Mackay Rd, North Vancouver

Phone: (604) 929-0203

Web: http://ortoartisanpasta.com/

Instagram @ortoartisanpasta

2nd Place (tie):

{99 points}

Robba Da Matti

Pasta Ritorna alla Norma

Price: Lunch $18 and dinner $22

Created by: The team

Description: Autumn harvest roasted veg with a blush of tomato and shaved ricotta salata

Available: Lunch and Dinner (Yaletown) and Dinner only (Westend), also available for takeout.

Robba Da Matti

1127 Mainland Street, Vancouver

Phone:

Web: http://www.robbadamatti.com/

Twitter: @Robba_daMatti

Instagram: @robba_damatti

And

Robba Da Matti

1906 Haro Street, Vancouver

Phone: 604-423-3553

Twitter: @Robba_daMatti

Instagram: @robba_damatti

3rd Place:

{95 points}

Artusi Restaurant

Tagliatelle Dolce Forte

Price: $21

Created by: Chef Delbert Cirfera

Description: Tagliatelle Dolce Forte is handmade cacao pasta with wild boar & dark chocolate sauce, Parmigiano cream, pine nuts, chestnuts and fresh rosemary.

Origins of the traditional recipe date back to the Court of Medici, during the Renaissance (16th Century) – the dish being an original personal inspiration to Chef Delbert Cirfera of Artusi. This pasta changed minds wirth artistic flavour creativity, during a time when the world was hungry for beauty and illumination. Wild boar is fried to caramelize, then slow-braised for tender richness. Dolceforte Sauce is traditionally flavoured with juice of the cooked boar, vegetables, spices and red wine – then finished with nuts and dark bitter chocolate. We have given this centuries-old idea a new contemporary design, during a time when restoration of inspiration is needed once again.

Chef Cirfera has not only prepared sauce with delectable dark chocolate, but has also hand-made luxurious cacao noodles! Satisfyingly sweet and strong flavours are perfect cool weather comfort, with robust textures and an uncommonly delicious combination of ingredients.

Available: Tuesday – Sunday for dinner for dine-in, takeout and delivery

Artusi Restaurant

412 6th Street, New Westminster

Tel: (604) 553-9922

Website: http://www.artusirestaurant.com/

Twitter: @ArtusiNewWest

Instagram @artusirestaurant

In the People’s Choice Awards category, the public who tried the Pastacreations were the ones who had the opportunity to cast their vote throughout the challenge.

The Winners are:

1st Place People’s Choice:

Robba Da Matti

Pasta Ritorna alla Norma

Price: Lunch $18 and dinner $22

Created by: The team

Description: Autumn harvest roasted veg with a blush of tomato and shaved ricotta salata

Available: Lunch and Dinner (Yaletown) and Dinner only (Westend), also available for takeout.

Robba Da Matti

1127 Mainland Street, Vancouver

Phone:

Web: http://www.robbadamatti.com/

Twitter: @Robba_daMatti

Instagram: @robba_damatti

And

Robba Da Matti

1906 Haro Street, Vancouver

Phone: 604-423-3553

Twitter: @Robba_daMatti

Instagram: @robba_damatti

2nd Place People’s Choice:

Casereccio Foods

West Coast Nonna’s Ravioli

Price: $22

Created by: Chef Alex

Description: Handmade spinach ravioli stuffed with BC wild sockeye salmon and creamy mascarpone cheese, served on a bed of velvety caviar cream.

Ingredients: Spinach (For the Pasta Sheets); BC Wild Sockeye Salmon; Mascarpone Cheese; Whipping cream, Caviar, Parmigiano.

Available: Lunch and Dinner daily

Casereccio Foods

2480 Vine Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-734-4440

Web: www.caserecciofood.com

Instagram @casereccio_foods

3rd Place People’s Choice:

Artusi Restaurant

Tagliatelle Dolce Forte

Price: $21

Created by: Chef Delbert Cirfera

Description: Tagliatelle Dolce Forte is handmade cacao pasta with wild boar & dark chocolate sauce, Parmigiano cream, pine nuts, chestnuts and fresh rosemary.

Origins of the traditional recipe date back to the Court of Medici, during the Renaissance (16th Century) – the dish being an original personal inspiration to Chef Delbert Cirfera of Artusi. This pasta changed minds wirth artistic flavour creativity, during a time when the world was hungry for beauty and illumination. Wild boar is fried to caramelize, then slow-braised for tender richness. Dolceforte Sauce is traditionally flavoured with juice of the cooked boar, vegetables, spices and red wine – then finished with nuts and dark bitter chocolate. We have given this centuries-old idea a new contemporary design, during a time when restoration of inspiration is needed once again.

Chef Cirfera has not only prepared sauce with delectable dark chocolate, but has also hand-made luxurious cacao noodles! Satisfyingly sweet and strong flavours are perfect cool weather comfort, with robust textures and an uncommonly delicious combination of ingredients.

Available: Tuesday – Sunday for dinner for dine-in, takeout and delivery

Artusi Restaurant

412 6th Street, New Westminster

Tel: (604) 553-9922

Website: http://www.artusirestaurant.com/

Twitter: @ArtusiNewWest

Instagram @artusirestaurant

Our Media judges for this challenge were:  Jacqueline Chui, Rose Lin and Yuki No

Each media judge will have scored the creation with a maximum of 40 points as follows: Overall Taste 20 points, Originality and Uniqueness 10 points, Presentation and Appearance 10 points). The total number of points a pasta creation could earn is 120 points.

Thank you to the chefs and restaurants that accepted my invitation and featured their pasta  on the menu for the past few weeks during this challenge.

I encourage you to visit the winning restaurants to try their pasta creations! See the entries here.

By: Richard Wolak