From humble hand-made macaroni and vermicelli crafted in Canada’s first pasta plant, to a wide selection of healthy and nutrient-rich pasta made and sold today, Catelli has been tableside with Canadian families since the creation of Canada in 1867.
Emigrating from Lake Como, Italy, Carlo Catelli was part of the original group of fifty Italian families that settled in Montreal in 1845. Carlo was a skilled sculptor and made a living creating beautiful works of art, many of which can still be found in churches across Montreal. A few years after settling in Montreal, Carlo’s adopted nephew, Carlo Onorato Catelli, emigrated from Vedano, Italy to be with his uncle.
In 1867, when Carlo Onorato Catelli was just 18 years old, he started making and selling pasta on Saint-Paul Street in Old Montreal. Over the years, Carlo Onorato Catelli’s business took off and he became a prosperous and well-respected businessman who played a founding role in the development of Montreal’s Little Italy. He married Maria Armand, the daughter of a senator and together, they had two kids, adding to the Catelli family.
For over 150 years, Catelli has grown from a small operation to include a full range of pasta shapes and varieties to suit the evolving needs and tastes of Canadian families.
Today, the tradition continues with Catelli producing some of the world’s best and most innovative pastas suited to both traditional and contemporary recipes and enjoyed by Canadian families everywhere.
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