Simply Flour and Water
Text: Magnus Wittbjer Photography: Micha van Dinther
Again and again we draw references from our life in the countryside. Given our careers, people assume that live in a very urban setting where we enjoy the immediate proximity to busy bars and exquisite restaurants in which we spend all our nights. Contrary to popular belief, we LIVE in the country in order to get away from it all at the end of the day.
What we don’t want to miss out on though, is a good meal. Luckily, our remote region in the south of Sweden is sprinkled with some culinary gems. One of our favorites is Pastafabriken – the pasta factory in English.
Since the trio behind Pastafabriken – Tilde Möller, Per Söderberg and Pär Extor – were already seasoned and award winning restaurateurs and bakery owners (do check out Söderberg & Sara in Ystad or Malmö for this region's very best and possibly only 'kouign-amann'), we had no doubt that the newest venture would be a success once we heard about renovations commencing.
Housed in an old autoshop cum dodgy dance parlour, cum dive bar, its current form as Pastafabriken in Ingelstorp has proven a success in which we often indulge in fresh pasta dishes, topped with the best of organic locally sourced produce and meats.
The ambiance is relaxed and patrons seem to feel at ease with the friendly banter among regulars and staff and we are happy to see that the really weird interior, with its quirky plywood walls, embellished with contrasting plywood inlays got to stay after the renovations, along with the bare concrete floors.
We tell all people that we know, heading in the direction of Ingelstorp, so make sure and stop for lunch or dinner. On a sunny afternoon, the vibe can almost be described as mediterranean with the no nonsense surroundings, a sense of life lived at a slower pace and all attention put into serving up really delicious but simplistic food.