Mar 26, 2024 - News

🍝 From "Chopped" to Optimist Hall

 ESO Artisanal Pasta.

Photo: Courtesy of ESO Artisanal Pasta

A new Italian food stall called ESO Artisanal Pasta will open at Optimist Hall later this year, Axios' Laura Barrero writes.

Context: Husband-and-wife duo Kristina Gambarian and AJ Sankofa started ESO as a delivery business during the pandemic. Their handmade pasta and sauces got so popular that they were able to open a storefront in New Jersey in 2021.

  • Sankofa, who grew up in Charlotte, has also appeared onΒ Food Network's "Chopped" and "The Great Food Truck Race."

Dig in: ESO will serve pasta dishes and sides like fried risotto balls, Italian meatballs and Sicilian fried chicken.

πŸ“ Optimist Hall is at 1115 N. Brevard St. ESO Artisanal Pasta will be in the old Collier Candy Co. spot, between Schreiber's on Rye and Zukku Sushi.

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