Pavement Whispers: grab Nutella ravioli and spaghetti by the gram from soon-to-open boutique The Pasta Emporium
When the pandemic peaked, popular Robina cafe Dark Fluid turned to making take-home comfort meals to nourish its loyal customers while keeping its business afloat. At the time, Natalie Ivanovski, the daughter of Dark Fluid’s owner-operators Sonia and John Ivanovski, was stood down from her day job – so she jumped in to help her parents cook the hearty takeaway meals, making pasta by hand and lasagne sheets from scratch. They soon found themselves struggling to keep up with the demand – and it sparked a savvy idea from Natalie and Sonia to open a pasta-centric providore where locals could buy fresh, handmade pasta by the gram, along with take-home meals and specialty deli goods.
While Dark Fluid is back to ‘normal’ operations as a daytime cafe, Natalie and Sonia’s new pandemic-born concept is about to become a reality, with the mother-daughter duo starting fit-out works on The Pasta Emporium, located at the Easy T Centre in Robina (the same complex where Dark Fluid is located). The new food boutique will take the space left vacant by the Flannery’s Refuel Depot (opposite Zaraffas and Taboon) and will be heavily focused on selling specialty pasta, all made by hand on site.
The pastas will be sold fresh by weight (as well as snap-frozen options for a longer shelf life) with traditional types like spaghetti, fettuccini and lasagne sheets offered alongside unique creations like beetroot linguine, pumpkin gnocchi, vegan and gluten-free pastas, and even dessert spaghetti and Nutella-filled ravioli. The Pasta Emporium will also stock a range of dry deli goods – sourced from local producers and makers – as well as house-made pasta sauces and takeaway meals like home-style lasagne and cannelloni. There are also plans to introduce cooking classes down the track.
This is certainly not the Ivanovski’s first rodeo in the food-retail game – back in the day, Sonia and John owned and operated the popular European deli and cafe that sat at the entrance to the original Robina Town Centre (there’s a throwback for you) and have embarked on a number of hospitality projects across the coast since selling the deli in 2011. Things have come full circle, with the family firmly back in Robina with what will soon be two food venues. The Pasta Emporium is looking at a November opening – stay tuned, we’ll give you a look inside very soon!
Image credit: The Pasta Emporium
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