Monday, June 10, 2013

Serendipity - Calamarata Pasta with Fellone Crab and Squid ...on the Roof

Wikipedia: Serendipity means  a "happy accident" or "pleasant surprise"; specifically, the accident of finding something good or useful without looking for it. 

Some of the best moments are those that are momento...improvisato.  At least that's what I believe.  Like a recent visit to Roof & Sky to take a few pictures for my  last blog.  I sent owner Michele Grande a text message the morning of our appointment asking to change the time from 5 pm to 1230 pm.  Ok was his reply.
I didn't expect to see photographer and pirate Giannantonio.  Or even gastronaut Nando.  And I surely didn't expect one of the most unforgettable plates of pasta ...ever.
So during the interview, between a spritz a few appetizers and a glass of wine, the guys took turns stirring the calamarata pasta by cooking it directly in the pasta sauce, not boiling water.  Like cooking a risotto, Grand explained...This way the pasta soaks in all the flavors of the sauce.
Sauce?  Sauce.  He took a little extra virgin olive oil and sauteed a clove or two of garlic and a little peperoncino.  Then he added granchio fellone - a small crab with very little meat.  Little meat but claws full of flavor that seeped out into the sauce during cooking.  He also added a few squid. Why not?  In the end, a tasty plate.  

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