SO far the Made In Malton family of producers includes ice cream, beer, bread, a butcher and a coffee roastery. Now ladies and gentleman - mamma mia, drum roll please - I am delighted to introduce Aldo Valerio whose new fresh pasta business Passione Della Pasta (meaning “passion for pasta”) is just about to open in Talbot Yard.

I am certain Aldo is going to bring delight to all of Yorkshire with his new venture; I mean who doesn’t love Italian food? Here’s a little story about the man who I am sure is about to become your new best friend.

Aldo’s parents moved to the UK in the 1950s from their home region of Molise in southern Italy. His mum and dad were some of the first to import Italian food to Britain, staples like Mozzarella and Parma ham that are well known these days but were really quite exotic back then.

Aldo grew up in Bedford and continued in the family tradition of food production, originally training as a cheese maker before transferring his considerable talents to pasta making. Aldo is at pains to point out that this is not like the mass-produced, industrial-scale pasta or even the long shelf-life fresh products that some supermarkets sell.

Aldo’s fresh pasta is the real deal, authentic and amazing tasting. Whether your preference is spaghetti, tagliatelle, rigatoni or ravioli, Aldo only uses locally sourced free-range eggs and the finest Italian durum wheat flour.

“Just like my grandparents used to make,” Aldo says with a grin.

At his new unit in Talbot Yard Food Court I find him preparing for his launch with his charming assistant Tiziana who hails from Naples. With such Italian passion in the air, you get the instant feeling that what you are about to taste just has to be good - the bees knees, the cat’s pyjamas, you get the picture.

Aldo tells me he is particularly known for his ravioli; especially delicate spinach with ricotta and wonderful artichoke with ricotta. Aldo adds that he plans to make the most of superb local produce too - pork, beef and game are all to be used for rich meaty ravioli and we chat longingly about using venison and my personal favourite, "ossobucco" aka slow cooked veal shin.

Aldo also produces his own homemade pasta sauces, which naturally go perfectly with his fresh pasta and he plans to supply other Italian delights in time, watch this space.

So do visit Passione Della Pasta. As well as selling direct to the public and wholesale you can even have a bowl of Aldo’s authentic fresh pasta directly at his unit while he works around you and explains all.

Thank you Aldo, we are so glad your pasta is Made In Malton.

Oh and I almost forgot…the Malton Monthly Food Market returns on Saturday, March 12, with live chef demos from Dan Graham, head chef at the Talbot Hotel’s Wentworth restaurant, along with chefs from the Old Sun Inn. The market will be open for business from 9am to 3pm with the very best local produce, music and street food - it’s going to be fab.