Maryanne of Finding La Dolce Vita and Marie of Proud Italian Cook are hosting the Second Annual Festa Italiana! As a Trinitalian (Trinidadian and Italian) girl, I love to embrace both sides of my culture! I grew up in an extremely Italian neighborhood on Long Island, where you could enter any store (most of which are Mom and Pop places) and be transported right to Italy - meaning that more people were speaking Italian than English. And I loved every second of it! Every name in my high school yearbook ends in a vowel, and there were tons of Giuseppes, Antonellas, and Giovannis. I always look forward to heading back to Franklin Square to visit my parents and head into the La Bottega, Carmelas, Cafe Frosinone, Monreale Bakery, Maria's Deli, Romeo's Pizzeria... you get the point.
So thanks to Maryanne and Marie for bringing a little piece of Italy to the blog world!
I was inspired to make fresh pasta after dining at our friend's apartment. There, they rolled out deliciously light tagliatelli noodles with ease as I watched (and sometimes lent a hand, if by lending a hand you mean ruining each sheet of pasta I ran through the machine, which went in smoothly on one end and came out looking light shredded wheat), aching for a pasta machine so that I, too, may make pasta at home. The flavor just doesn't compare. Softer and richer, the noodles are a nice welcome to their starchy boxed counterparts. But alas, I do not have the sufficient equipment.