After 25 years as a financial advisor Hoover, Alabama resident, Linda Croley, founder and owner of Bare Naked Noodles, started the business in 2011. In 2015 she open Bare Naked Noodles cafe. With a mission of bringing fresh pasta using local ingredients to the Birmingham market, Bare Naked Noodles incorporates Hamm Farms produce, Stone Hollow Farms’ goat cheese, and Amelia's spiced pecans, along with local duck eggs and chicken eggs.
Having taken cooking classes for years—including Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, Pasta 101 with Giuliano Bugialli, Italian cooking series at the Chicago Hospitality Institute as well as cooking alongside her grandmother’s apron her entire childhood. The success of this growing business is a dream come true to Croley, and the cafe is beyond her dreams. “I have a passion for pasta because it makes me remember my family growing up, my grandmother and grandfather in the kitchen, my mom, aunt, and cousin at Sunday suppers in an Italian family home in New York.” And like many successful entrepreneurs, Croley has learned by doing and has a sound support system of family, friends, and local chefs.