Italy's best traditional pasta dishes.
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26 Cricklade Road
SN2 8AA - Swindon
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is an Italian Pasta?
Typically, pasta is made from unleavened dough of a durum wheat flour mixed with water or eggs and formed into sheets or various shapes, then cooked in boiling water. Pastas may be divided into two broad categories, dried (Pasta Secca) and fresh (Pasta Fresca). Fresh Pasta is often mixed, cooked, and eaten right away, whereas the pasta secca is dried in order to be stored and to be prepared later, at any time. Pasta exists in more than 200 shapes, that can be eaten in a large variety of sauces and accompaniments. Pasta secca production is now industrial, with a procedure where the wheat is sieved and ground, then mixed with pure water. Then the dough is passed through the “trafiles” that give the desired shape. The “drying” part is the most delicate, where pasta has to be ventilated in order to reduce water: final moisture must not be superior to 12,5%. At last, Pasta is brought back to room temperature through the “raffreddatore” and ready to be packed.
Besides being good, Pasta is healthy too. Versatile and digestible, energetic but lightweight, pasta is a pillar of the Mediterranean diet, along with fruits, vegetables, bread, cereals, potatoes, beans, lentils, nuts and seeds. Thanks to a high fiber content, in particular the wholemeal pasta, and to the presence of a low glycemic index, pasta is a valuable ally in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and tumors. The presence of Group B vitamins contributes to the proper functioning of the nervous system, while pasta starch promotes the psycho-physical well-being of the organism as it supports the synthesis of serotonin, the neurotransmitter of the well-being feeling. And it’s not true that Pasta “makes you fat”! Several clinical trials have found that carbohydrates are not conducive to weight gain and obesity but the excess of calories. Pasta is actually an excellent source of complex carbohydrates, capable of delivering a slow release of energy. Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend a daily consumption of 45-64% of total calories from these nutrients and cereal consumption per meal for a 2000 calorie diet. Pasta is enriched with folic acid, a water-soluble vitamin B group that plays an essential role for women’s fertility because it helps to prevent the onset of severe fetal malformations. In average, a portion of dried pasta provides the equivalent of 100 mg of folic acid, equivalent to approximately 25% of the daily recommended dose.
I have special dietary needs; Can I eat at Chico’s Pasta?
We will always do our best to cater to your requirements, so if you have any concerns, please speak to one of the team members.
Are you on delivery platforms? (Uber eats, Deliveroo, Just eat)
Yes, we work with all 3 platforms, but these companies take a large percentage (30%) of the order value. We encourage our customers to order directly with us by rewarding them with an extra discount.
Do you cater for vegetarians?
Yes, we do. We are also looking to introduce a wider variety of vegetarian and vegan menu. Which we are currently working on.
A number of allergens including nuts are used in our kitchen and although we take care to keep all our ingredients separate, we can not completely eliminate the risk of cross-contamination. If you have any allergies, please make a member of staff aware as soon as possible.
How to find us
We are located in the popular strip on Cricklade road just of Great Western Way roundabout.