Thursday 24 September, 2020

Cayman has a new option for authentic Italian food in Camana Bay

Camana Bay just got a little more Italian with the recent opening of Pane & Pasta, the town’s newest restaurant.

Located on the ground floor of One Nexus Way, Pane & Pasta combines its restaurant space with retail, offering many of its housemade pastas and sauces for sale for those wishing to pick up fresh ingredients to whip up a quick and delicious dinner at home. For those dining in, the restaurant offers spacious indoor seating with alfresco dining in Heliconia Court, Camana Bay’s largest courtyard that offers a serene landscaped area to enjoy a meal, whether a business lunch or date-night dinner.

Restaurateurs Paolo Castello and Amedeo Masala (Amedeo is also the restaurant’s head chef) have created a menu of authentically Italian dishes from across the country. Having owned and operated a restaurant together in Turin, Italy, the business partners have joined forces with baker Selene Oddenino to introduce some of the less common but very Italian dishes to Cayman Islands residents and visitors.

”Simply put, we love Italian food. Amedeo has about 20 years’ experience in restaurants in Italy,” Castello explained. On what caused them to choose Camana Bay as the spot for their first venture in Cayman, Castello added: “We loved the location of Camana Bay – to us it is the main “chic” spot on island. It has become the pulsing heart of Grand Cayman.”

Guests to the restaurant will get to see the chefs put their world-class skills to work in an open kitchen concept where they can witness the bread- and pasta-making processes.

As the name (which translates to Bread & Pasta) implies, bread also features prominently in Pane & Pasta’s offerings. In the restaurant’s retail area, freshly baked breads can be purchased along with the fresh pastas and sauces and a “cafetteria” menu created for those wanting a quick grab-and-go snack or lunch offers sandwiches made on a variety of house-baked breads, pizzas by the slice, baked goods including croissants, tartes and cookies and fresh juices, teas and coffees.

In addition to this menu, Castello and Masala have created diverse lunchtime and dinnertime menus, and a menu featuring happy hour offerings that can be scaled according to the number of people in your group. With plenty of vegetarian options, there is something for the meat lover, cheese lover or vegetarian and daily specials ensure variety, including soup, filled pasta and salad, pizza and desserts of the day.

“Pasta, bread and pizza are the most popular items in Italian cuisine, known in every part of the world. We want to give this taste of Italy to all who live in Cayman,” Castello said.

There is a touch of local on the menu, too, with a fried breadfruit as one of the side options and local influences such as mango chutney served with the restaurant’s tuna tartare starter and mahi-mahi and callaloo offered as a main course.

"This was a deliberate choice”, Castello explained. “While we want to bring a taste of Italy, Cayman is our new home. We think it’s beautiful to integrate our tradition with Caribbean influences to have an explosive mixture of flavour and taste.”

For those wishing to enjoy Pane & Pasta’s offerings at home, delivery is available through the “Let’s Eat” service.

Pane & Pasta is open six days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Initially, opening times will be Monday to Wednesday 10 am to 8 pm and Thursday to Saturday 10 am to 10 pm. 

Pane & Pasta look forward to opening their doors earlier for breakfast at 7 am daily in the near future. For reservations, call +1.345.547.9208 or email order@paneandpasta.net.

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