Puttana (n. whore). Pasta Whore.

Puttana was my first Italian word. As I recall, my Sicilian-American grandfather and father would cook on Sundays and, in their own game of catch, toss Italian words- puttana being a favorite – back and forth. I’d watch in awe as language, love, tomatoes, and garlic flew, and later emerged, transformed, as the best meals of my memory.

Now, I delight in making tender, rustic fresh pasta using the finest local and organic ingredients as homage to the crazy family dinners of my childhood.  My pasta takes hours to handcraft but seconds to cook, and like all things pure at heart, needs little more than olive oil and sea salt. Serve with a side of family…and slang.

—Jessica Volpe, Head Puttana

The Shop

When I launched Pasta Puttana in June 2008 I began with a spot at Kitchen Chicago, a couple of wholesale clients, and tent space at Edgewater Farmer’s Market and Green City Market. Due largely to the support of the aforementioned and the incredible loyalty (and urging) of so many customers; I’m now opening the Pasta Puttana shop at 1407 W. Grand Avenue in Noble Square.

In addition to the line of signature flavored/ flat pastas I’ll also offer seasonally-inspired hand formed filled pastas made daily. Lastly, a close-to-my-heart selection of ingredients – both locally-produced and imported – will be available as quick flavor pairings to round out your dinner and your pantry.

As always, friends, I look forward to sharing with you more pasta, more flavor pairings, and more laughter.