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Wednesday night is pasta night at Bristol Farms

Truly an 'extraordinary' food store with a cafe and more

Posted: April 18, 2009 10:55 a.m.
Updated: April 18, 2009 11:00 a.m.

A red velvet cupcake ($2.99) is perfect for dessert.

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Bristol Farms might be known as "an extraordinary food store" but it should also be known as a great place to take the family for a Wednesday night pasta feed.

Launched on April 8, the Valencia location of Bristol Farms offers a "Pasta Night" 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Wednesday.

Louis Fajardo, Bristol Farms district manager, said employees thought of the "Pasta Night" as a way of introducing the store to the residents of the Santa Clarita Valley.

"We thought it was a good idea to introduce the store to the community. To show off our extraordinary service and extraordinary food," he said.

Mike Modugno, manager of the Valencia store, said he hoped the "Pasta Night" would bring in families.

At a cost of $5.95 per person guests can choose any combination of pasta, sauce and toppings including:
Pasta: Spaghetti or penne. Sauce: Marinara, alfredo or vodka. Toppings: Italian turkey meatballs, bell peppers, mushrooms, chicken, onions and black olives.

"All of our sauces are made fresh by our executive chef," said Fajardo.

The dinner includes a salad from the salad bar and a roll.

Wine can be purchased at $3 a glass.

Children's meals include: Spaghetti with marinara, or spaghetti with marinara and meatballs, mac ‘n cheese or spaghetti with alfredo sauce.

Add a Red Velvet cupcake (or any of the bakery's spectacular selection of cupcakes) for an additional $2.99 for a fantastic finish to your meal.

Bristol Farms offers a comfortable seating area, too. So no need to take your meal home, you can enjoy your food in the cozy café area.

In addition to Wednesday "Pasta Night" Bristol Farms is also barbecuing 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Choose from barbecue tri-tip, chicken or sausage.

In addition to "Pasta Night" and other food and wine tastings Bristol Farms offers a coffee bar, a juice bar and a selection of hot and cold offerings for lunch or dinner, to dine in store or take out.

The café offers regular specials, among my favorites is the two slices of pizza and 20-ounce drink for $3.99.

Bristol Farms Café offers a variety of sandwiches including a hand carved turkey ($7.99), tuna melt ($7.99), California cheese steak ($8.99), BBQ tri-tip ($8.99), Italian sub sandwich ($7.99) and a host of Panini sandwiches (turkey and cheddar, Santa Fe turkey, French, chicken pesto, classic Italian and Italian grilled cheese) priced at $5.99.

I recently enjoyed the Italian sub sandwich, which is fresh and tasty and comes with a pickle and a side salad of coleslaw, potatoes salad or Italian salad.

There is also the salad bar ($4.99 per pound) and the "My Chef" bar that offers an ever changing selection of wonderful hot food (recently meatloaf, rice pilaf, chicken tenders, chicken teriyaki, mac and cheese, among other selections) at $6.99 a pound.

Bristol Farms rotisserie chicken, (Rocky Jr.) is a natural, organic cage-free chicken. This was one of the best rotisserie chickens I've tasted. I'd say Bristol Farms IS an "extraordinary food store."

Bristol Farms, 23975 Newhall Ranch Road, Valencia. (661)284-5970, www.bristolfarms.com.

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