Probably the most iconic dish to date: Pasta. If food was art, pasta would be one of the most creative forms of it. There’s hardly a soul that does not want to indulge in a carefully prepared pasta dish. Spaghetti, Farfalle, Campanelle, Bucatini, Orecchiette – sounds like a foreign language? Call those – and more – the many dialects pasta speaks. Each so utterly charming and truly delicious.
Life is a combination of magic and pasta – Federico Fellini
In fact, pasta might come in various shapes, but is certainly equal in its rawest form, until cooked and served with the special sauce that turns it into an actual dish. Pasta is a lifestyle, a mood, a feeling, and, of course, art. People all over the world love it, and when in doubt, order pasta. It comes with a large side of tradition.
Tradition of a Famous Dish
The roots of pasta run deep. While most of us are convinced that its origins are in Italy (Don’t we all have a certain image in front of us when we hear “Italy” and “pasta”?), there’s however, a little bit of a debate whether the Italians were really the inventors of pasta. Maybe it was the Arabs importing it? Then again, others say that it was Marco Polo, after his return from China, who brought pasta to Italy in the early 1270s. We might never know exactly. Truth of the matter is, however, that this technically easy food product made from durum wheat and water gained popularity in Italy. One could say this country truly became its home turf.
Most say they can cook pasta, but […] find a little bit of an unusual angle on your pasta and make that your signature dish – Yotam Ottolenghi
From the Romans making “lagana” – our modern world Lasagna – through the 1600s during the Kingdom of Naples, pasta made the main course. It gained fame. And when a devastating famine hit the city, its residents were in need of simple, non-perishable, yet nourishing food. Dried pasta as we know it was born.
A Dish to Remember
Anyone can whip up some pasta. Quick and easy. But it requires actual skill to prepare a pasta dish that is really delicious – from a gourmet standpoint. And there is truly a significant difference between what’s available on the store shelves and the actual handmade, homemade, or in-house pasta. Simply delicious and the taste is oh so different than the grocery store product.
Although we might be under the general impression that pasta is cooked up in a very short amount of time, preparing the whole dish including the pasta itself is a rather time-consuming process. No long cooking times needed, that’s true, but actually making this dish from scratch not only requires chef knowledge but a good amount of time.
Once you’ve cooked pasta properly for the first time, it becomes second nature – Gordon Ramsay
Spaghetti with meatballs might be the most famous of pasta dishes – besides Bolognese. Who has never tried it? It might also make us think of Disney’s Lady and the Tramp (Anyone remember that one scene at the Italian restaurant?). Spaghetti per se is a legacy. And then there is, of course, Lasagna. For meat lovers or those who eat vegetarian, Lasagna is a very popular dish. Also common is Pesto Alla Genovese. Simple basil pesto, but done right and paired with tasty pasta, it’s a win. Of course, a deliciously whipped up Carbonara with fresh eggs is a real hit, too. Another classic? Aglio e Olio – anything but plain.
Pasta Perfect Around the World
A nice glass of wine, dimmed lights, music playing in the background – there’s certainly a romantic atmosphere, maybe even a little bit of nostalgia, that people associate with eating pasta. It’s undoubtedly more than just “some dish”. But where can we expect to get one of the best? People around the globe eat pasta and quite frankly, it has become a classic that is newly crafted and re-defined by chefs around the world.
London offers an array of places that serve fresh pasta. Here’s three: Padella Pasta at Borough Market is mastering the art of this dish. Prepare your tastebuds for flavorful and perfectly harmonious ingredients. In London’s borough Shoreditch, Burro e Salvia is a hot spot. They prepare simple yet delicious family recipes. Lina Stores in Soho is a charming family deli that makes some killer ravioli.
Looking for Italian in New York? Del Posto on Tenth Ave. is high on the list. The seemingly never-ending menu is making it hard to choose that one pasta dish. Also worth the culinary journey is Babbo. Fresh pasta at its finest on Waverly Pl. Noteworthy is, in addition, Sandro. Curious about that traditional, all-Roman pasta? Well, you’re in the right place.
Lastly, how could we forget the home of the pasta: Rome. Here, you would expect almost every place to serve pasta dishes out of this world. But to mention a few: Trattoria da Enzo. In the midst of historical buildings, this is pasta taste that becomes a real experience. As authentic as it can possibly get. Furthermore, add Pipero Roma to your list; mouth-watering dishes built on two classics – parmesan and butter. And let’s not forget Roscioli. Pasta that makes the world stop – or go round, for that matter.
What is your favorite pasta dish? Where have you eaten the best pasta to date?