La Dolda, a pasta shop in Austin, Texas, closed its doors on Saturday, December 16, as Eater Austin reported, and owner Matteo Gallizio plans to move the business up here to Boston.
Gallizio told Eater that the Austin location didn’t do La Dolda any favors.
“Texas is full of barbecue and tacos, and it’s been difficult trying to find a space between that,” said Gallizio. “We want to be in a city with more Italian tradition. Unfortunately, it’s just not part of the social tissue here.”
At the now-shuttered retail space in Austin, La Dolda offered customers handmade fresh and dried pasta and a laundry list of other Italian ingredients, like pasta sauces, olive oils, and various truffle products. Gallizio said that he’d like to eventually open a retail space in Boston — and perhaps even a small pasta bar down the line — but that the focus will initially be on wholesale.
“It’s the part of the business that was working best in Austin,” he said.
Gallizio is currently in the process of finding a space outside of the city large enough to house his machinery and the wholesale operation, and he hopes to be in Boston sometime this winter.
“Worst-case scenario, by summer 2018,” Gallizio said. “But I hope to make it happen sooner.”
In the meantime, La Dolda’s online shop will remain open while Gallizio works out the logistics of moving to Boston. The shop offers a variety of dried pastas, from gnochetti to baby spinach fusilli.