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October 4, 2012
By Canadian Pizza

Oct. 4, 2012, Toronto – A. Bertozzi Importing hosted an event showcasing
Surgital, an Italian fresh frozen pasta company they distribute. The
tasting afternoon was held at Toronto’s Alimento Fine Food Emporium on
Sept. 24.

Oct. 4, 2012, Toronto – A. Bertozzi Importing hosted an event showcasing Surgital, an Italian fresh frozen pasta company they distribute. The tasting afternoon was held at Toronto’s Alimento Fine Food Emporium on Sept. 24.

Surgital began in 1980 as a family business in 45 square feet. The company is now a 60,000-square-foot operation with nine different pasta brands, all crafted with customized machinery dedicated to replicating the handmade process. Surgital pasta is made using a blend of Italian and Canadian wheat in a factory that goes through 240,000 eggs a day. The pasta is made fresh and then frozen in 35 to 40 minutes, explained Chiara Castorini, a spokesperson from Surgital who provided much of the details for the day.

One of their lines, Divine Creazioni, is made using a process that creates individually unique pieces for a very authentic hand-made look. Guests were treated to a sample of the Bauletti with sheep ricotta cheese and green Sicilian pistachios.

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The majority of the products sampled were from the Laboratorio Tortellini brand, which has about 140 different pastas in it. The event’s menu included tortelli with pumpkin, lunette with truffle and ricciole with ricotta and spinach.

Surgital pasta has short cooking times, typically two to five minutes, with an 18 month shelf life in a deep freezer. In the factory, the pasta pieces are frozen individually from their fresh state. The company also makes a range of sauces, which contain no preservatives or additives, and come in one-kilogram resealable bags in a pellet form to help control food costs.

Surgital’s pre-cooked lasagna sheets are their best selling product ever, said Castorini. The lasagna comes as a full sheet rather than strips and is pre-cooked. The sheets are suitable for making cannelloni as well. The sheets can be used 15 minutes after removing from the freezer. Pizzerias interested in ordering Surgital products can visit www.bertozziepicure.com or call 416-213-0075.


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