Tag Archives: Italian

  1. Strati Wild Italian unites the Pasta Partners


    January 8, 2015 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    When I was a student at Western Kentucky University, my friend Beth and I dubbed ourselves Pasta Partners. The name came from our affinity for the pasta station in the dining hall in Garrett Conference Center. The student newspaper office was located in this building, which meant I spent more time here than any location during my undergraduate education.

    The dining room was in the basement of Garrett. The pasta station was located right between the door and the cash register at the end of a half-circle of meal stations. The Pasta Ladies were suited up in stained white chef’s jackets and hats to match, but their demeanor was more lunchroom lady than Top Chef.

    Beth and I loved the pasta ladies who made each dish to order. They squirted oil into a skillet and plopped in a small spoonful of garlic to begin each order. The scooped the meat and veggies we wanted for our pasta from black plastic containers nestled in ice. Penne noodles went in next, followed by a ladle of marinara or alfredo sauce or one of each for the adventurous among us. Once the Ladies tossed everything together over their individual burners, they slid the pasta onto black plastic plates and sprinkled a handful of cheese on top of it all. A hearty helping of carbs got Beth and I through many long afternoons and evenings in the newspaper office.

  2. Hear that music? The GelatoMobile might be in your neighborhood


    October 24, 2012 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    *UPDATE: The GelatoMobile will be at the Gray Street Farmers’ Market from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Burger’s Market from 3 – 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25.

    The family behind Gelato Gilberto have taken their product to the streets.

    Justin and Kristin Gilbert, the owners of the Gelato Gilberto shop in Norton Commons, rolled out the GelatoMobile last week. They have snaked their way around Louisville neighborhoods to sell gelato pops, a frozen version of the rich, Italian dessert.

    I first experienced Gelato Gilberto at the Jeffersonille Italian Festival a few weeks ago. A big bowl of the chocolate gelato made me swoon. Imagine my delight when I learned that the Gilberts had created their gelato truck.

    The Gilberts have always wanted some kind of vehicle to sell their wares, Kristin said. At one point, the couple explored buying a double-decker bus from London in which they would make and sell gelato (and live on the top floor).

    The couple currently serve three different kinds of gelato pops out of the GelatoMobile — chocolate with sprinkles, strawberry sorbet and a Bomb Pop-like combination of strawberry and Blue Sky flavors, Kristin said. Each pop is $3 or two for $5.

    “It helps to have a friend,” Kristin said.

    Don’t worry if you visit the brick-and-mortar Gelato Gilberto — the shop is still open at 9434 Norton Commons Boulevard. You can also get pints of Gelato Gilberto at a few area grocery stores, including Whole Foods Louisville, Paul’s Fruit Market and Earth Fare.

    With this recent blast of warm weather, Kristin said the GelatoMobile will probably be on the streets through the end of this week. Then, they will let the truck hibernate until spring.

    “We’re having a hugely good time,” Kristin said.

    Do you want the GelatoMobile to visit your neighborhood? Leave a comment, or contact the Gilberts directly at justin@gelatogilberto.com or visit their Facebook page.



  3. It’s not too late to take part in Fleur De Licious, a showcase of downtown restaurants


    May 17, 2011 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    To eat at some nicer restaurants, I sometimes have to wait for a good deal or promotion. Enter Fleur De …
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  4. The $10 Challenge: Spinelli’s Pizzeria


    February 1, 2011 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    (Blogger’s note: This is a restaurant that multiple people have recommended. Think you know of a better place? Let me …
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  5. The $10 Challenge: Ramsi’s Café on the World


    January 7, 2011 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Choice is good – that is, until I’m hungry. Then, things get agonizing. When the hunger pangs start kicking in, …
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  6. A year of being cheap: Readers’ picks for top five $10 Challenges of 2010

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    December 29, 2010 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    (Blogger’s note: This is the first in a few posts that will reflect on 2010 or look ahead at the …
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  7. The $10 Challenge: Bearno’s Pizza*


    September 27, 2010 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    *The Better-Late-Than-Never Edition Ordering your own pizza is a display of equal parts independence and self-reliance with a pinch of …
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  8. The $10 Challenge: Sicilian Pizza and Pasta

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    August 13, 2010 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    (Note to readers: I’m the master of losing things, and that has happened with great form as I write this …
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  9. Mark your calendars: Spaghetti Sauce Cook-Off, 8.21.10

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    August 10, 2010 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    I foresee spilled pasta sauce in my future. The Italian American Association is presenting a Spaghetti Sauce Cook-Off Aug. 21 …
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  10. The $10 Challenge: Annie’s Pizza


    May 15, 2010 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    I didn’t mean to eat the entire sub sandwich. Really, I didn’t. I had just returned home from an evening …
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