North Shore of Long Island. In 1988, we expanded our operation to the West Coast under the name Pasta
Primavera. Although we are no longer affiliated with Pasta Primavera, we are responsible for the concept
and the creation of the menu. The following year, Pasta Villa of Pleasanton, CA, was opened with our new
ideas and recipes designed to delight Americans’ palate for Italian cuisine. Shortly after, Pastas Café was
opened on Main Street, Pleasanton, with again successful results. In 1994, Pastas Café of San Ramon was
established as a neighborhood family restaurant. We then ventured into new territory with authentic northern
Italian recipes and opened our first restaurant in Danville, CA, under the name of Basil Leaf Café. The idea
then expanded to Basil Leaf Panaterria in Livermore, CA, and since 1998, Basil Leaf Café in Chicago.