This weekend, the Spinella Pasta Bar celebrated their one year anniversary and threw a party to celebrate the occasion. The grand event included several freebies like pasta plates every hour and live music. I managed to catch the tail end of the festivities before they shut down for the night.
If it hadn’t been for Twitter, I would have never known this place even existed. Nestled in the majestic foothills in the Inland Empire off of the 210 freeway and on the old familiar Route 66, Genevieve and Mirko Spinella have turned their dream into reality. I started following along with their journey in the early stages and given their love for customer service and the passion they put into their food; it’s really no surprise that they’re happily celebrating a year later.
The Pasta Bar concept is simple. There are two order sheets: pasta and panini. Pick your Italian obsession and go nuts choosing the types of noodles you want (if you don’t know the difference between penne and fettucine, there’s a helpful guide near the register), sauce, topping, and side dishes and then hand it over to be prepared pipping hot and fresh while you wait.
In the year that they’ve been in business, I’ve noticed significant improvements in their menu. Almost every week or month, there’s something new that has magically materialized. If they dream it, it quickly become reality which I’m sure has paved the way to their success. Sometime last year, Pasta Master Mirko began experimenting with Jumbo Portobello Mushroom Ravioli. I watched in anticipation as details unfolded on Facebook and Twitter and was added to their menu. Mushrooms in any shape and form are one of my favorite foods and the Pasta Bar just so happens to make a wonderful sauce that features them – the Siciliana. I’m not a big fan of red sauce but who can turn down bacon and mushrooms simmered with tomato cream sauce on a bed of plump luscious ravioli stuffed with Portobello mushrooms and ricotta cheese. The serving of 5 ravioli is a generous helping but you can’t skip the fresh garlic toast. Like anything Pasta Master style, it’s an original restaurant creation and you can smell the garlic and butter. I love that it’s grilled; that tends to infuse the garlic flavor nicely and is a great compliment to any dish.
Unfortunately, the Pasta Bar is nowhere close to where I live and it’s quite the trek considering traffic however one smile and a big hug from Gen plus a warm meal from Pasta Master Mirko is enough to make it all worthwhile. I follow their adventures online eagerly just waiting to see what they’ll come up with next. With these two, everything is possible and anything they dream is reality so I know this first year is a just a road map for what’s to come and at this point, I urge you to leave the confines of your home and visit the Pasta Bar. Tempt your taste buds and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, their blog, and website.