Like most Chef’s, I rarely eat my own food, so I have to have places that not only inspire me but make me happy to enjoy a meal I didn’t make! For those of you that haven’t visited my Food Adventures page, check it out!

But this Newsletter is about a treasure I found right here in Landrum and it is hands down one of the best Italian restaurants I have ever eaten in, including every Little Italy across the country! The Pasta Station, located in Landrum, is the gold standard for all things Italian. Jose is a master of flavors, textures, presentation and you won’t leave hungry as the portions are extremely generous.

I don’t know where to begin. The Caesar Salad is so delicious and dressed perfectly, this coming from someone whose clients love my version. The Ravioli with Marinara Sauce melts in your mouth and you know they are handmade daily as the shape is not traditional. We’ve tried an array of dishes with our fave being Chicken Milanese served with Roasted Potatoes and Shaved Arugula Salad… and your vegetarian chef actually ate a few bites. Crispy on the outside tender in the middle. We haven’t missed a weekend since they opened and I wait all week for Saturday night dinner.

About Jose, after completing culinary school, he honed his skills for several years in New York City and decided to move South and landed in Asheville. He continued cooking in both small and corporate kitchens and ended up at Renzo’s in Hendersonville. After spending five years helping to shape and grow that business, the pandemic hit. So, he made the brave decision to open his own place along with his wife Cecilia and it’s a great success, so check it out…