YARRA VALLEY PASTA
Run by Lisa Colaneri, Yarra Valley Pasta is one of the region’s most renowned brands and has been providing the community and the best local venues with fresh pasta for almost 20 years. A kitchen staple across our three restaurants, Yarra Valley Pasta is lauded far and wide for its reliability, quality and outstanding taste. With their loyal team, they have steadfully pursued a simple philosophy: to make a unique high quality pasta product while ensuring they follow an artisan approach to their craft, based on the unique culinary traditions learned from their Italian ancestors.
Leaving family in Molise, Southern Italy, to move to Chum Creek in the Yarra Valley was no small feat in 1960’s Australia. The first thing the Colaneri family did, in true Italian style, was to plant fruit trees and vegetables, and graze a mix of farm animals, some of which were for the kitchen. Lisa’s father Felix was a concreter and lay the foundations for some prominent venues in the region such as Yering Station and Domaine Chandon. He even laid the slab for the original farm sheds where The Warehouse bar at Meletos now stands.
In May 1997 Lisa’s mum Maria started Yarra Valley Pasta. From it’s humble beginnings working with a small semi-industrial pasta machine and a list of traditional family recipes, the brand has not forgotten its roots. They have always worked with local produce and it’s great to hear some familiar names in the ingredients - Little Creek Cattle Company, Yarra Valley Dairy, Buxton Trout.
Lisa took over production of the business 18 months ago and now manages an 11 person team from her Healesville address just opposite Innocent Bystander. Chef Ben Arnold, previously Head Chef at Healesville Hotel, steers the ship in the kitchen. “It’s a great job for me, working for such a respected brand with a nice little team and awesome local produce.” Starting early morning and finishing early afternoon, the role still gives Ben time for his side project, One Pablo Paella, his Spanish food truck that sets up shop all
over the Yarra Valley.
Stocked across Victoria and creating speciality pasta for venues as far as the Mornington Peninsula, it seems only a matter of time before the modest kitchen will have to expand. A pasta bar and cooking classes perhaps? One can dream…