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ScaleUp Radio

Oct 13, 2023

Hello, I'm Granger Forson, your host of ScaleUp Radio, and you can discover more about me at or connect with me on LinkedIn. Today, we're embarking on a savory journey into the heart of Italian cooking with Clara Cardillo, the passionate force behind Non Solo Pasta, a thriving ready-made meals business in Stroud.


Clara's journey began as a fun project with her husband, but quickly blossomed into a vibrant culinary adventure that turned their passion into a full-time endeavour. Their business, which started in 2018 and expanded into a full-time pursuit by 2020, now boasts 10 full-time and 5 part-time employees, all sharing a love for Italian cooking, authenticity, and family values.


What makes Non Solo Pasta truly stand out is their commitment to traditional recipes and premium local ingredients. Clara and her team handcraft 2,500 Arancino weekly, each uniquely capturing the essence of Italy and connecting with their customers' hearts. Their unexpected growth during the COVID-19 pandemic, is a testament to their quality, passion, and innovative approach.


In our enlightening conversation, Clara reflects on the importance of dreaming big, embracing hard work, and learning from mistakes. Why her mentorship experience was highly valuable to her. How her close-knit team that shares values, ethics, and even lunches together, and her strategic focus on consolidating the customer base are just some of the ingredients we explore. Join us as we delve into the flavourful world of Non Solo Pasta, their future plans, challenges in retail, and Clara's aspirations for expansion and mentorship.


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