Phoenix Pastificio was founded in 1995 on Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley. In 2006 the Pastificio was relocated to its current site in a charming brick building by Strawberry Creek Park. Here, owners Eric and Carole Sartenaer work with a small staff to craft some of the finest artisanal fresh-cut pastas on the entire west coast. They also craft breads, cookies and a variety of prepared pasta sauces all made from local, seasonal, and organic ingredients.
Rustic Olive Baguettes here is a standout: a well-textured crust and studded throughout with kalamata olives as plump and sweet as cherry tomatoes. Seasonal pasta specialties includevsuperb Stinging Nettle Pasta (great with chevre and chives) and inimitably delicous almond macaroons during the holidays.
The fresh-cut pastas found here can also be purchased from various seasonal and year-round farmers markets throughout Berkeley.