Out Eats: Pasta Volo in Asbury Park

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Pasta Volo in Asbury Park
Inside Pasta Volo in Asbury Park

Americans eat 5.95 billion pounds of pasta a year, with the average person consuming 20 pounds. The National Pasta Association said 86 percent of Americans surveyed had pasta at least once a week.

If you are among pasta lovers, look no further than Pasta Volo in Asbury Park, opened in 2016 by Nancy La Torre and Cathy Bergamo. They were inspired after taking a trip to Venice, Italy, visiting La Torre’s family, to open a new and different restaurant concept serving pasta. They began their search for a retail space and when they found a location on Bond Street in Asbury Park, the duo opened Pasta Volo.

After several years, the owners faced one of life’s unexpected bumps in the road, and the restaurant was closed for a brief period in 2023. Enter business owner Solai Rivers, who grew up in Asbury Park and was a frequent customer and friend of Pasta Volo. She offered her help and took over the business in 2023 with her daughter Sendira, re-opening the restaurant.

The mother-daughter team have both been cooking since childhood in keeping with their Haitian culture. Sendira also runs “Kiyah’s Kiye,” a Caribbean soul fusion food truck at the Jersey Shore.

Not just another Italian restaurant, Pasta Volo is a pasta to-go concept. Served in cute takeout containers, you can choose your pasta and your sauce along with toppings. All pastas are homemade with fresh durum wheat semolina, water, and salt with no additives. There is also gluten-free pasta made with rice flour and eggs.

Corkscrew fusilli, twisted gemelli, and mafalde ribbons are among the different pastas along with gluten-free fettuccine. You can also purchase a pound of dry pasta to take home. Rivers has added fresh garlic bread to the menu, with bread delivered fresh from Brooklyn.
The tomatoes are imported from Italy and slow-cooked, all in-house. With roasted fresh garlic they become marinara, customer-favorite vodka, and Bolognese sauces. The Bolognese sauce has shredded beef and pork for meat lovers. Also try the spicy arrabiata, alfredo, or the vegan pesto.

You can also pick your cheese toppings from fresh mozzarella or ricotta to vegan cashew cheese. Add-on proteins are chicken, pancetta, homemade beef meatballs, and even vegan bacon.

Don’t forget to add a veggie. Your choice ranges from artichoke hearts to roasted peppers and there is always broccoli.
You can take home dessert and savor it later. Try the banana pudding — you will not be disappointed!

Pasta Volo is a takeout restaurant, but they also have four high tops and seating for ten people. The interior is clean and sleek with mouthwatering cases to view your choices. When the weather is warmer, they set up some tables outside to enjoy the salty shore air.

Rivers is proud of her dedicated staff of six who have been steadfast and loyal to Pasta Volo. Rivers said their DoorDash workers are also dedicated to their success. Summer is their busy season and Asbury Park’s Pride Festival draws thousands of visitors in June. They will be serving rainbow pasta in honor of Pride.

Pasta Volo serves the community and has held two fundraisers for the children’s summer recreation program. As someone who attended the Asbury Park school system, Rivers is aware of the importance of a good education and providing a summer program. She said she loves to give back to the community and is there to help when other businesses are in need.

Her advice for those interested in opening a restaurant is to talk to the locals and see what people want in the community. Passion for cooking and running a business are the special ingredients. Solai’s favorite thing is her connection with the locals and making new connections with tourists every year. Judging from their success, Pasta Volo will continue making new connections.

Pasta Volo is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 8 pm.

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Cora Berke
I am a volunteer for New Hope Celebrates in New Hope, PA. and former Board member of FACT Bucks County. I write for Out in Jersey Magazine and the Bucks County Herald. I love travelling, knitting, reading and taking care of my cat Gemma.