Behind the Scenes at Pasta Spada

I had been wanting to ask Davide something for quite a while. Coincidentally, his fresh pasta shop in my neighbourhood also sells baguettes. So a couple of weeks ago as I was buying a baguette, I timidly explained that I have a culinary blog and that would it be ok if I could go in one evening, make photos and have a chat. Davide said: yes.

Thus, arranged it was.

Davide Spada is the owner and chef of Pasta Spada. Davide was working in a brilliant corporate career, until one day four years ago he decided to pursue his passion of making fresh pasta. He went to Italy to study the making of artisanal fresh pasta. That, along with a cunning business knowledge and attractive charisma, has converted Pasta Spada into one of the best – or the utmost best – fresh pastas in Barcelona. {Davide, you are now my idol!}

Davide Spada making raviolis

Making raviolis at Pasta Spada

The pasta is made in a completely artisanal manner, the very same way pasta was made a few centuries ago. The ingredients are all of the finest quality, all imported from Italy. The recipes were developed carefully until achieving perfection. The results are spectacular. Some connoisseurs even visit Barcelona just for another taste of his pasta.

Davide, who eats pasta with tomatoes every day, says that the best thing about his business is when he visits a restaurant and finds smiling people eating his pasta, commenting to each other just how amazing it is. Of course they don’t realize who is actually watching over them.

Making black pasta - Pasta Spada

Fettuccine cutter kit

Black calamari ink fettuccine Pasta Spada

You can try his pasta in the best Italian restaurants, classiest hotels and some Italian food shops. Exactly which places are a trade secret. You can also find his fresh pasta in his shop Pasta Spada in Carrer Bruniquer, 32, Barcelona. Telephone: 932 84 07 50.

Note: I am honoured to have been able to make photos behind the scenes on 1st October, the 4th Anniversary of the opening of Pasta Spada.

Macaroni Pasta Spada

Grazie mille!

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  1. Guillermina Bósquez Stover 2013-10-09 at 21:48

    What a treat for you, to observe the inner workings of such a fabulous pasta place! Ah, to live in Barcelona is in itself a treat…you lucky duck!

    1. Sofia 2013-10-10 at 23:49

      Quack quack 😉 With these two points in mind, yes! xx

  2. Saskia (1=2) 2013-10-10 at 01:45

    Great post Sofia, and gorgeous photos. Davide is a true craftsman. That squid ink pasta looks magnificent! Oh, I know that feeling so well; blushed cheeks followed by ‘I have a food blog, would you mind if I…”

    1. Sofia 2013-10-10 at 23:51

      Ahhh I’m so glad you know what I mean and feel related to the situation. Did you do that at the bakery?

      1. Saskia (1=2) 2013-10-10 at 23:54

        Yes! I’ve also done it at restaurants. I went to a cafe a while ago with a ‘no bloggers photos please’ sign on the door. That certainly stopped me in my tracks!

        1. Sofia 2013-10-10 at 23:58

          Oh, so we’ve both blushed because of the same thing recently haha. Regarding the no bloggers photos please, really?! When I started the blog in January, there were all these article in the press about how (mainly in the States) some of the higher class restaurants didn’t want people taking photos incase they turned out awful and published them in blogs… Though a restuarant can deem themselves honoured to be in your blog. And though mine began very cringe-worthy, I should like to think I’ve greatly improved since then and that they shouldnt mind me either 😉

  3. Jess 2013-10-10 at 02:36

    Awesome! Aren’t you the lucky one getting to go behind the scenes? Beautiful pics! I would love to try making squid ink pasta!

    1. Sofia 2013-10-10 at 23:52

      Yep, it was a wonderful experience. We’ll both have to try making the squid ink pasta. xx

  4. apartmentwife 2013-10-10 at 16:18

    davide is truly inspiring and it was such fun to see pictures inside his kitchen. now.. i only wish i could eat some of that homemade pasta 🙂 brava to you for being brave enough to ask to photograph his shop 🙂

    1. Sofia 2013-10-10 at 23:53

      He is very inspiring. Also I had such a great time because he is full of wisdom and fun life adventure stories 🙂

  5. dedy oktavianus pardede 2013-10-11 at 04:15

    Nothing better then a fresh homemade style pasta…….
    i hope i can get that fancy tools he had…

    1. Sofia 2013-10-11 at 19:57

      They are fancy indeed!

    1. Sofia 2013-10-11 at 19:57

      I’m so glad Rakhi, because I had such a great time just being there! xx

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  7. Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward 2013-10-13 at 21:10

    I will drop by Pasta Spada to visit Davida Spada when I make it to Barcelona. The squid ink pasta looked so beautiful. Your writing is spectacular and I enjoyed reading about a local artisan in your neighborhood. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Sofia 2013-10-13 at 21:12

      Oh gosh I hope you do get to try it Shanna! Thanks, I had a wonderful time with the whole thing 🙂 xxx

      1. Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward 2013-10-17 at 02:40

        It looked like SO MUCH FUN. You live in a fantastic area for local artisans, food, produce and shops! I am so impressed that you are taking advantage of the opportunities to blog about the amazing culinary world you live in! I am so envious of your access to such fine, artisan food (in a good way!).


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