Pappardelle with slow braised beef – Barzotto

Pappardelle with slow braised beef - Barzotto
Mushrooms, rosemary. $17
Barzotto, San Francisco CA

Omg, I loved this pappardelle. The flavor was so rich and the pasta was cooked perfectly. The braised beef was so good, and the dish was just very comforting. Yum!

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Duck bolognese – Volt

Duck bolognese - Volt
Braised duck legs, San Marzano tomatoes, garlic, whole wheat radiatore pasta, smoked parmesan, pepperoni bread crumbs. Tasting menu $95
Volt, Frederick MD

I thought that this was a very successful dish. I loved the combination of the duck, whole wheat pasta, smoked cheese, and breadcrumbs. It was a hearty pasta dish, but the flavors were great and you can’t get it anywhere else!

Spaghetti in puttanesca sauce – Tordomatto

Spaghetti in puttanesca sauce - Tordomatto
Dried herbs. “Tradition” tasting menu €65
Tordomatto, Rome ITALY

There was just a single swirl of this spaghetti on the plate, but it was a satisfying one! The noodles were more al dente that I’m used to but it worked to hold up to the intense flavor of the sauce and the fine dried herbs on top. It was spaghetti like I’ve never tasted before!

Silverware place setting - Tordomatto
Silverware place setting.

Lasagna – Napoletano’s Pantheon

Lasagna - Napoletano's Pantheon
Baked lasagne with minced beef, mozzarella, tomato sauce, parmesan cheese. €11
Napoletano’s Pantheon, Rome ITALY

Just like mama used to make! Ok, my mom never made me lasagna growing up, but if she did I would hope that it tasted like this one! This tasted great – it was hot, gooey from the cheese and the meat sauce was delicious. A total winner!