Westlake now has a fresh pasta shop selling the pappardelle of your dreams

Austin’s options for fresh pasta have been somewhat limited until recently.

La Dolda is a new shop in Westlake that specializes in freshly made pasta. Addie Broyles / American-Statesman

The good news is that more restaurants than ever make pasta by hand right now, but most grocery stores still only carry a limited selection of national brand fresh pasta in the refrigerated case. For more than 30 years, Pasta & Co. has been selling fresh pastas from its Kerbey Lane kitchen, but if you don’t live nearby, it can be hard to get to.

Austinites, particularly those who live south of the river or anywhere west of Mo-Pac, can now stop by La Dolda, a pasta shop at 4238 Bee Cave Road, to buy fresh and dried pastas made, for the most part, just like they are made in Italy.

Owners Matteo and Alessandra Gallizio are from Italy and recently relocated to Central Texas to open a fresh pasta store, like like Matteo’s mom envisioned having many years ago. She never got around to opening the shop, but earlier this week, the Gallizios brought her dream to life with La Dolda, named for his mom’s childhood home.

One of more than a dozen kinds of pasta you can find at La Dolda, a shop opened by two Italians who recently moved to Texas. Addie Broyles / American-Statesman

The store features more than a dozen kinds of fresh pastas, which rotate daily in a case in the front. In the back kitchen, you’ll also find a racks of pasta that are drying for a shelf-stable product that is also available to buy.

The pastas in the deli case and on the shelf come in all kinds of shapes, from the recognizable pappardelle, wagon wheels and shells to rarer shapes, such as trottole, which look like spinning tops. They sell short and long pastas, as well as ravioli.  You can also buy some high-end olive oils and truffle-based sauces by the counter.

Pappardelle with bolognese is one of the dishes you can order at La Dolda to eat there or to take home. Addie Broyles / American-Statesman

La Dolda is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and although the primary part of the business is selling pastas to go for you to cook at home, you can order pasta at the counter and have them cook it, with an option to add sauces. They have a tomato sauce, pesto (from Matteo Gallizio’s native Genoa), a hearty bolognese and noci, a buttery sauce made with pecans instead of the traditional walnut.

You can find out more about the store at ladolda.com.

Matteo and Alessandra Gallizio own La Dolda, a new pasta shop in Westlake. Addie Broyles / American-Statesman


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