Owner of Kirkgate Market's Eating Pasta says his 'dream is coming true' as sales fly for Italian street food

The owner of an artisan pasta shop in Leeds says his 'dream is coming true' as sales fly for his Italian street food.

Monday, 12th July 2021, 2:31 pm

Cosimo Usai opened Eating Pasta in Kirkgate Market last October with the vision to bring his freshly made pasta to people across the city.

Despite a difficult first few months, word has quickly spread about the Eating Pasta boxes which can be customised to order.

Customers can choose from a base of spaghetti, tagliatelle or macaroni which are all handmade by Cosimo and manager Francesco Caocci each morning.

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Cosimo Usai opened Eating Pasta in Kirkgate Market last October
Cosimo Usai opened Eating Pasta in Kirkgate Market last October

The pasta is topped with a range of sauces, including pesto, pomodoro, bolognese and carbonara.

Boxes can be ordered to takeaway from the market's Old Hall, or through Deliveroo.

Cosimo Usai said: "We decided to open the business before Covid and went ahead, even when it slowed everything down.

"We then had to close for several months and sometimes we were really disheartened by the low takings and the low influx. But never did we think of giving up, we kept fighting.

Customers can choose from a base of spaghetti, tagliatelle or macaroni which are all handmade each morning

"Fortunately, people in Leeds are getting to know us now, our dream of serving real Italian pasta with fresh produce is coming true."

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