John Hale and Vicki Hale opened Lotsa Pasta on March 4, 1982 in a tiny storefront on Bardstown Road. Their original intent was to provide fresh homemade pasta to a city that had none. The crew of two started building a loyal following from the first day they opened the door and many of those customers are still coming in.
Within a decade, success made it necessary to move into a larger, more comfortable space and St. Matthews became our present location. Lotsa Pasta’s mission became broader in scope to satisfy the growing food sophistication of its patrons.
While the original Italian and Mexican delicacies and products are still the centerpiece; the scope of countries represented has grown considerably. The sociable Saturday morning line of locals talking UL or UK basketball was joined by the accents of their Spanish, Asian, and European clients early on. The world had come to Louisville and naturally found its way to Lotsa Pasta.
A bakery was added, and we started producing the classic Italian breads and gave us both bread to sell and a great base for our unbeatable sandwiches. As with everything we do, we pride ourselves on baking the very best bread and have developed quite the variety.
As always, we hold true to our mission of bringing you, our loyal customers, the finest foods the world has to offer. And it remains that if you can’t find something, let us know, and we will do our absolute best to get it for you. Countless items in our shop have been requested by our customers over the years.
The majority of our staff has been with us for years. We have watched your kids grow up; know your neighbors, relatives, and most of your food preferences. All of us are foodies and we love to discuss the newest trends and help with ingredients and recipes. We are also happy to give you a sample of some new item when possible. Ask at the deli counter or cheese case if there is anything you would like to taste before buying.
Even though we have expanded our horizons to meet your culinary needs, we are still the Mom and Pop shop where the owners are accessible. Their three kids, ages 21-25 can even occasionally be seen grabbing lunch or helping out as needed in their “childhood” second home.
So, for those of you, who are not yet familiar with our shop, please enjoy using our website to learn about Lotsa Pasta. For those of you who have been with us for years, we offer our continuing appreciation and we wish all of you “Buon Appetito!"