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Carmella, Owner & Pasta Maker at Melina’s Fresh Pasta, grew up in a traditional Italian-American family in Syracuse, NY. The first to be born in the United States, she longed for connection to the country every other member of her family was from. After years of watching her mother, Giuseppa, make homemade Italian food from what her father, Giuseppe*, grew in his garden, she wanted to share the Italian tradition of food made from scratch with care and served with love to family and freiends. Upon arrival in North Carolina, Carmella noted a lack of authentic Italian food in the area (and a lack of Italians!). So, in 2010, she traveled to Bologna, Italy to supplement the Southern Italian cooking lessons of her mother and learn the Northern Italian tradition of fresh past making.
*Yes, her parents have matching names. They go by Joe and Pina now but their names translate to Joesph and Joesphine.
After coming back from Pasta Making School, Carmella kept her day job and started making pasta as a hobby. Their first farmer’s market was in Wake Forest in November 2010 with a few dozen handrolled pastas in rickety packaging. In the Spring of 2011, with some help from her college roommates from Colgate, they got ready for their first spring markets. After selling out of the pasta that took an entire week to make in 2 seconds, Carmella decided to go all in.