Pasta & Fumo: the best of both worlds under one roof

THE GOOD NEWS. Two culinary companies from two different worlds have chosen to join forces to open Pasta & Fumo, a restaurant and grocery store that welcomed its first customers at the beginning of July.

Le Fumoir Smokehouse Urbain and Naturellement Pasta have chosen to set up shop along route 141 in the former premises occupied by Ohlavie, a neighbor of Chocolaterie Vanden Eynden.

There is a small restaurant on site with dishes that combine the know-how of the two companies, namely smoked products and handmade pasta. “We offer food that is different from what you cook elsewhere. It is a mix between Italian and American cuisine. It may seem like a strange combination, but the result is really surprising. With our business experience, we know what we are doing and we know what people like, so it gives a result that is worth the effort!” assures co-owner Charles Bélanger Bertrand.

At the moment, the kitchen is only open for lunch, but the aim of the owners is to eventually offer a formula for dinners. One thing is certain, we are far from an atmosphere worthy of a gourmet table, with the exception of the flavors that abound in the dishes served there. “People arrive, choose a beer, order their food, and we serve them as soon as it’s ready. It’s a pretty quick take-out, so great for dinner parties. It is possible to eat inside or on our terrace, which offers an incredible view of Mont-Orford.

COMING FROM AN EXPLOSION

Having made its debut in North Hatley by running a restaurant for a few years, Le Fumoir Smokehouse Urbain had been installed in the former Food Valorization Center (CVA) for around two years. It was there that they met Massimo Conti from Naturellement Pasta and that the project of a collaboration was born. “The game plan changed when there was the explosion at CVA last March. On our part, we were very lucky as we had already moved our equipment to Magog. Also, if we had arrived ten minutes earlier than planned, we would have been inside, when it happened like Massimo, who lost everything in the fire. So we made room for him to continue his production.”

A CRUEL IN THE VILLAGE

Although the address is officially in Magogoi land, Pasta & Fumo in Orford is in the minds of many because of its location, on the border between the two municipalities. Seeing this vacant location, the partners jumped at the business opportunity. “We’re really happy with our location. We’ll be able to promote both Magog and Orford in our own way. And close to us, in the village of Cherry River, things are moving quite a bit and it’s just motivating to take part in all this flare-up,” concludes Charles Bélanger Bertrand.

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