Chester Co., PA
Vera Pasta owner, Chef Joe D’Andrea, grew up in an Italian household in West Chester, PA. At an early age, Joe’s passion for Italian cuisine was introduced to him by his grandmother, whose cooking style originates from the Abruzzi region in Italy.
In 2008, Joe graduated from West Chester University, receiving a BA in Business. Shortly after, in 2010, he enrolled into the Italian Culinary Academy in Manhattan where learned classical cooking techniques, along with Italian language and culture. During his time in Manhattan, Joe worked under Michelin Star chef, Cesare Casella, at Salumeria Rosi, where he was taught the intricacies and distinctive traditions of Tuscan cuisine.
In early 2011, Joe traveled to Parma, Italy, to attend ALMA, The International School of Italian Cuisine. Upon completing school, he interned in Sorrento under the guidance of star Chef Nunzio Spagnuolo, learning everything from classical Italian techniques, regional ingredients, culture, and language.
A few months after moving back home to West Chester, PA, Joe started his business, Vera Pasta, in a mission to bring the simple, true flavors of Italy back home, and with a promise of quality and authenticity. Vera Pasta is dedicated to showcasing pasta and sauces from all regions of Italy, from the rich sophisticated north to the rustic bold south.
Vera Pasta’s fresh pasta is the mouthwatering culmination of a creative amalgamation – a mixture of modern innovation and traditional pasta-making techniques. It’s unique and eclectic, but every aspect of their pasta making can be traced back to Italia.
Using authentic and time-tested methods he absorbed during his remarkable exploration of Italy, Chef Joe D’Andrea crafts homemade artisan pasta that consistently engenders delicious descriptions, feedback, and reviews – from “genuine, delicate, and superb” to “couldn’t make it better ourselves.”
Chef D’Andrea is emphatic about the diligence in the details – the simple ingredients, the slow process, and the wholesome experience.
From Vera Pasta Co.