Artisan Pasta Splurge -- Our Shopping Bag of Goodies
Getting away from home ---even if it is only a couple hours away ---is always so refreshing and stimulating. That's why I love to travel. Gives you perspective as well as a lasting thrill from the adventure.
It is an even better thrill when a food adventure is involved!
Unloading the contents
We ran out of light and started looking for a place for coffee. It was starting to rain.
Up ahead --- in the plaza where the old piano works was located --- was a beautifully lit up tile showroom and what looked like a specialty coffee place next door.
So, we had to check them both out. (We are still on the hunt for tile for our backsplash in the kitchen.)
It was a two-fer. Lucky for us, the shops were connected and owned by the same person, the enthusiastic, very knowledgeable Gary Pino. The shop is called Rosario Pino's, a specialty foods store, which has a first class cooking demo area in the back.
Rosario Pino's Artisan Foods, LLC
349 West Commercial Street
in the Piano Works Mall
East Rochester, NY 14445
So what was in our shopping bag?
bolognese (click to see recipe).
Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe (click to see recipe). Look at the ridges on that pasta!
For the novelty, we are going to try chocolate pasta, which Gary said to serve with just a little mascarpone.
And the sweet potato linguine, which their chef said to cook simply so as to not overwhelm the flavor of the pasta.
Sweet Potato Pasta with Browned Butter and Walnuts
Brown butter until it is foaming
Add a sage leaf if desired
Add the cooked pasta
And a little brown sugar so that it adheres to the the pasta
And toasted, slice walnuts or almonds.
Mix together and serve.
This is just a sampling of what they carry. They also have gluten free products, and Nespresso machines and coffee. Cheeses, candy, Italian cookies and cakes.
Gary pointed out their large assortment of Italian olive oils, but we proudly said we have our own family connection in Napa. :)
So, we agreed to have an olive oil challenge. Longmeadow Ranch against any of his Italian imports.
I am looking forward to that duel.