MAD MEAT GENIUS
Monday, January 3, 2011
We are following a hot meat market tip from a ‘MMG’ reader named Colleen. She mentioned Ibleto’s in Cotati California. We did a little research on the World Wide Web and found that Arturo Ibleto is the ‘Pasta King” of Cotati. He also shares the same last name as my good friend Angelo from Petaluma. It is a small world because Angelo has mentioned his brother several times and I just have never connected the dots. This will be a double treat for a ‘Meat Adventure’. If Art is anything like Angelo we will have found a new meat destination with pasta.
Ibleto Meats is located a couple of miles off of the main Highway 101. The houses are divided by green and luscious pastures. You will see a couple of signs proclaiming fresh pasta and the “Pasta King”. After pulling into a small driveway you will see a small barn like building. It looks similar to Angelo’s Meats in Petaluma.
We walked into Ibleto’s and saw several people cutting and wrapping various cuts of meat. We asked one of the butchers, Bill, if Art was there. Unfortunately Art was not, but Bill graciously showed us the establishment. Bill is pictured with a wild boar that is prevalent in this area.
There are a couple of freezers full of pasta’s, ravioli’s, soups, lasagna and different sauces. An honor system is Ibleto’s unique way of paying for your purchases. You pick your products and total your purchase and just leave the money on the table. “Wow”. Pasta is King here at Ibleto’s but they do sell a bunch of Angelo’s meat products. They will also custom wraps your meat projects. We loaded up Ms. Goofy’s ‘Formula One Racing Honda” with ravioli’s and pasta and headed home to get some water boiling.
I wish we could have met Arturo. Bill told me his Italian accent was just like Angelo’s, or is it the other away around. We had some tagliarini the first night and it was melt in your mouth good. Fresh pasta is a treat. Some ravioli with prime rib was served several nights later. It was so good I broke out into song, which I will spare you.. From what I have tasted, we will have to agree. Art Ibleto is the ‘Pasta King”.
1492 Lowell Av.
Cotati, Ca. 94931