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Shut Up and Mangia!, Issue #019=My Favorite Pasta Recipes
April 30, 2009

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My Favorite Pasta Recipes

Welcome to the 19th issue of "Shut Up and Mangia!". This issue will focus on my favorite pasta recipes. Pasta, pasta and more pasta. When you think of Italy, you think of pasta . During these bad economic times pasta costs less and can feed the whole family. Combine pasta with fresh spring vegetables, sauces and meats and you can make hundreds of different delicious dishes.

In this issue, My Favorite Pasta Recipes are recipes that I make on a regular basis. Some are rich and heavy with cream sauce and others are light and nutritious. The best part of pasta dishes this time of year is the abundance of fresh vegetables that are available. Either grow them in your back yard or visit you favorite Farmers Market.

Throughout this newsletter I’ll refer you to few great pasta books, a couple of Chicago restaurants famous for their great pasta dishes and five of my pasta dishes that I’m famous for. At least at home.

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Chicago‘s Best Pasta Restaurants

Here are a few of my favorite restaurants featuring great pasta dishes

  • Bruna‘s Ristorante
  • is located at 2424 South Oakley Ave. in the heart of Little Italy. Bruna‘s has been open since 1933 and has some of the best pasta dishes in the city. My favorite is definitely the Spaghetti Carbonara. For reservations phone 1-733-254-5550.

  • Anna Marie Pasteria
  • located at 4400 North Clark St. is definitely one of my favorite restaurants featuring great past dishes. There are about two dozen pasta dishes to choose from. For reservations phone 1-773-506-2662.

  • Rosebud on Taylor
  • is located at 1500 West Taylor St.. Since 1977, Rosebud has been serving up an abundance of great pasta dishes. Famous for their portions, you‘ll never leave there hungry.. For reservations phone 1-312-755-1777.

  • Pasta Palazzo
  • located at 1966 North Halsted. This Italian restaurant has been serving a variety of pasta dishes in the Lincoln Park area for sometime now. For reservations phone 1-733-248-1400.

    Great Pasta Books

    Here are two great books featuring some fantastic pasta recipes. The first book, The Complete Book of Pasta and Noodles, features a comprehensive introduction to the world’s pasta. It shows you step-by-step how to make pasta plus lists hundreds of pasta recipes.

    The second book, Food Made Fast: Pasta (Williams-Sonoma), is a favorite from the Williams-Sonoma collection. This book consists of many pasta recipes and tips on pasta making.

    My Favorite Pasta Recipes

    Here are five of my favorite pasta recipes for you to try at home. The first recipe is a simple creamy dish, Penne with a Sage Cream Sauce. The second dish is Linguini Caprese followed by Tagliatella with Meat Sauce, Angel Hair Pasta with Lemon Pepper Shrimp and a delicious Pasta Primavera.

    Let me know how these pasta recipes turn out. Enjoy!

    Final Thoughts

    If you enjoy my site please feel free to email this newsletter to a friend so they can Subscribe to "Shut Up and Mangia!" and begin to enjoy the many Italian recipes we have to offer.

    Mangia Italiano!

    Take Care,

    Phillip J. Speciale

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