Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Picture it, Sicily... A taste of Italy in the comfort of your own kitchen.

A long time ago, I had the opportunity to eat a wonderful pasta dish; when I visited New York, to attend the Fancy Food Show. I had the opportunity to eat at The Windows on the World restaurant located inside of one of the twin towers. I remember the magnificent view of the skyline of Manhattan and having a wonderful pasta dish. I had the great opportunity to chat with one of the chefs that kindly told the secret. Simply get a hot pan and drizzle with olive oil. Add chopped garlic, chopped anchovies (I skip them) and brown lightly for a couple of minutes. Add your well-drained cooked pasta (I like to use three cheese tortellini) and season them with a little bit of salt and pepper. The trick to this dish “he explained” is the wine sauce. You need to condense a bottle of red wine by cooking it until it has reduced considerably. I add the reduced wine over the pasta and stir it to coat the pasta evenly for about one-to-two minutes, tops and you are done! 

Top with grilled chicken, shrimp and a good shaving of Parmesan cheese. Garnish as you wish!
 Si prega di  godere la vostra cena!  Enjoy your dinner....

I used  Coastal syrah to prepare this dish. This wine is made by Castoro Cellars for Trader Joe’s . The  Castoro branded Syrah generally gets pretty good reviews on the web and it's very inexpensive. This wine is a keeper.  If you like a flavorful earthy wine, this is one to put in your basket on one of  your next trips to Trader Joe’s. 

Cannoli - known as a general Italian pastry, while they are specifically Sicilian in origin (in Italy, they're commonly known as "cannoli siciliani", Sicilian cannoli)

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