from an early age, roland carfagno adored pasta -- making it with his grandma Rosina and mostly eating it! Justa Pasta was founded in Hood river, Oregon in 1991 by a couple of windsurfers (Roland and Dave) who loved pasta and wanted to make a living so that they could windsurf whenever beautiful whitecaps appeared on the mighty Columbia river. Business grew and they made a ton of pasta (literally every week) and they never ever sailed.
Justa Pasta moved to Portland in the Spring of 1995. the next 20 plus years have been all about the journey and to quote roland: "I always let justa pasta become who she wanted to be ... there was no great plan ... there still isn't." 20 years of many different people placing their stamp on jp and adding to the menu, the feel, the vibe. it's always been about the food and the people for roland. the people who work at justa pasta are the heart and soul of jp. the food is the result of their passion and commitment to excellence. the service comes from the heart and we want everyone to feel welcome and relaxed and to leave with bellies full of good food and good wine.
While homemade pastas continue to be the main focus, the menu includes many seasonal options (mostly on the special board) such as fresh wild fish, “mary's free range” chicken, and seasonal mushrooms. Roland says, “we are always looking to use what this amazing area has to offer in terms of produce, seafood, cheese and wine. Once we have it in our hands, the most important thing is to make it with love.”