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Best Local Artisanal Food Product 
Rio Bertolini’s Pasta 

Not everyone has access to a pasta maker or time to knead and roll dough — that’s why Charleston chefs and home cooks turn to Rio Bertolini’s when in need of pastas of all shapes and sizes. There’s customizable fresh cut varieties like pappardelle or cavatelli, and those who are after a quick and flavorful meal can turn to Rio Bertolini’s ravioli, which comes in several seasonal flavors. 

“We have a really strong foundation to build upon and were able to reach a much broader audience through our over-the-counter business,” owners Brian and Danielle Bertolini told the City Paper, discussing what the past 14 months has been like for the 12-year-old local business. “This year should bring a great opportunity to finally interact with these people in person.” 

The Bertolinis prefer to stay under the radar, but they’re not shy about sharing how grateful they are to receive recognition from City Paper readers. 

“For our hard work to be acknowledged like this is humbling. We love what we do and the community that has supported us. While we struggle with how to articulate this appreciation, this award speaks towards how we have been able to impact others with our food. You invite those to eat with you whom you value most. To be a part of that facilitation has been the core of who we are.” 

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