Maui Pasta Serves Homemade Italian Food in Scottsdale, AZ by Dena Roché Think of Italy and what comes to mind? Pasta and amore, and that’s exactly what you find at Maui Pasta in The Shops at Gainey Village in Scottsdale.Maui? Pasta? Now that seems like an unusual combination, but the restaurant was born in Maui when owner Patricia Inman and her then husband Ron started selling homemade pasta from a driveway stand to send their daughter on a school trip. The pasta was so successful they were soon selling at farmer’s markets and finally opened a restaurant, where Patricia, who had studied cooking in Italy for two years, thrived.Then, out of the blue, tragedy struck. Ron got sick and passed away. Patricia attended a grief support group and there met Stephen. The two slowly fell in love and Patricia moved herself and Maui Pasta to Scottsdale where Stephen lived.And that my friend is how we got Maui Pasta in Arizona. For restaurant goers it’s also bound to be a long-term love affair when the first bites of pasta are tasted. Maui pasta makes all its pastas, sauces, baked goods, dips and desserts from scratch. Heck, they even make their own ricotta and mascarpone cheeses. “If it is not made with love, it is not Italian food,” said Patricia. “Every customer that enters our establishment will be treated with Aloha.”Diners can build their own pasta entrée selecting from eight different types of pastas, including a gluten free option, eight sauces, including a Vegan choice and eight proteins or vegetable add-ins. There are also house specialties like lobster ravioli, meatloaf, and baked short rib cannelloni. Maui Pasta also offers several family meals designed for four or six people.In addition to a full-service restaurant, the menu is available for take-out, and a marketplace sells the homemade pastas, sauces and more.