APPLETON, Wisconsin (WXOW) - There are many great things that come from the Earth, food being one of them! In this segment of Wisconsin Dairy News meet a pasta maker who's putting the flavor of the state into her hand-made creations.
In a small production facility in the City of Appleton, Cyndi Connolly, along with her son, Patrick, and co-worker, Dana, are creating pasta that's infused with the flavors of Wisconsin.
"Dalla Terra in Italian means "from the land" and we chose that name because it was important to produce food that would honor the farmers in our state," explains Cyndi.
One of the food philosophies at Dalla Terra is the emphasis on local ingredients to create bold flavors that set the products apart.
Cyndi continues, "We do everything backwards. We put the flavor in the pastas, the dried pasta. And we put the flavors in the ravioli, as much flavor as we can get in that ravioli, there's no need for sauces."
For Cyndi, using quality ingredients, like Wisconsin cheese, makes all the difference in the pastas she creates.
"It's been a real great thing for me to try to use different cheeses in the ravioli, they're flavorful and they're strong and they come through," says Cyndi.
Working side by side with her son has added benefits as well. Patrick is gaining a greater appreciation for eating and crafting wholesome hand-made food.
"I kind of missed that, that whole food. So as I started in the business I realized how much hard work goes into it. How much people don't realize what good food is, and it's just something that I'm really fortunate to be a part of," says Patrick.
And that's Wisconsin Dairy News.
With an emphasis on small-batch, hand-made pasta, Cyndi says the company has no plans to increase or automate their production. To get your hands on some of her pasta, you'll need to log onto their website to find a store that carries it. Just click here.
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