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Ciao! Let me introduce myself. I am Daniela Useli and I want to share with you the traditional foods of my Italy, and my home, Sardinia, where meals are prepared with simple and locally-grown, fresh ingredients. As a child, I would spend much time in the kitchen with my mother, a culinary artist in her own right, as she prepared wonderful meals and beautiful, delicious pastries. I learned at my mother's apron strings and she at her mother's apron strings and so on. This way, the traditional Sardinian and family receipes continue to live.

Daniela, Executive Chef

My Passion

It has been many years since my 8th birthday when I was given my first recipe book. Even then, at such an early age, my passion for cooking was apparent. I have prepared all the recipes in that treasured book many times over, and the pages are well worn with love.


There is no greater joy then to have family and friends alike to my table and see their eyes close head nod upon the first bite. I revel in throwing parties and I have been known to have up to 150 guests. For these types of occasions, I will be in the kitchen from early dawn and through the night preparing, with love, the foods of my home country.

An Idea is Born

Any cook worth their salt, continues to work and refine their recipes, whether a pinch more of this or a little less of that, and I too was doing the same with my spinach lasagna. The results of this recipe have been unanimous among our best friends: it is a delicate, light, fabulous dish. At that point, I thought it could be time to submit my creativity to the attention of all those people who like to eat well, and that's the reason I decided to open my little store. 

Buon Appetito!

In the Press

City Paper

November 16, 2016

Daniela Pasta and Pastries moves into a bigger space, still delivers

Baltimore Sun

June 23, 2016

Daniela Pasta & Pastries serves Italian with a Sardinian twist

Baltimore Sun

December 22, 2015

Towson woman to open larger Italian restaurant in Hampden

City Paper

July 20, 2011

Daniela's Pasta and Pastries

Baltimore Brew

February 8, 2012

Daniela's: The taste of Sardinia in Hampden

Baltimore Sun

February 19, 2012

Lunch for $10 or Less: Daniela Pasta and Pastries

Baltimore Magazine

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