Stekelorum recently began experimenting with gluten-free dough, made with cornflour. In the past few years, he has added a variety of sauces to his repertoire: vodka, carbonara, marinara, Bolognese, pesto, and four-cheese. "In Buenos Aires, there's one family-owned pasta shop like this every ten blocks," he says. "In Miami, there aren't other places like this. Everything here has to do with pasta — just pasta.

"Vení," Stekelorum says. He shows me around his pasta shop like Willy Wonka guides children through his factory. Mr. Pasta is, in many ways, an anachronistic Wonka shop — a place where dough replaces candy, vintage pasta machines eschew chocolate makers, and a cavatelli crew substitutes the Oompa Loompas.

He leads me toward the exit. We pass the refrigerator full of lasagna sheets, the pasta machines, the shelves scattered with olive oil, canned tomatoes, and sea salt. All pasta. Only pasta.

Jorge Stekelorum, AKA Mr. Pasta.
Jorge Stekelorum, AKA Mr. Pasta.

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Mr. Pasta

7311 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33141

Category: Restaurant > Italian

Region: Mid/North Beach

Details

Mr. Pasta

305-866-8020; mrpastausa.com
Monday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ravioli $5.50
Spinach lasagna sheets $5
Gnocchi $5
Pesto sauce $4.50

When it's time for goodbyes, Stekelorum uses his favorite word in a new way.

"Vení pronto," he says. Come back soon.

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