Saturday, November 22, 2014

Pasta is a Girl's Best Friend - Fantastic Firsts by Chef Peppe Guida

During a recent dinner at Pastificio Dei Campi's intimate insane kitchen I had the opportunity to try several pasta dishes prepared by Michelin star chef Peppe Guida of Antica Osteria Nonna Rosa. There were three in particular that caught my eye and captured my palate.  Three dishes with a few simple ingredients prepared with passion and experience.

Pasta e Ceci/ Mixed Pasta with Chick Peas

Chef Guida added super al dente pasta to to a saucepan containing  chick peas, and burnt garlic extra virgin olive oil.  After a few minutes of stirring, he plated the dish and added fried chick peas on the top.

Finta Genovese/ Penne Pasta, Onions, and Pecorino Cheese

Slow cooked onions are the secret ingredient to this dish.  The chef used onions from Montoro, Avellino famous for their delicate flavor.  After nearly two hours of cooking under very very low heat, he added al dente pasta tossed for a couple of minutes with grated pecorino cheese, a little extra virgin olive oil, and a pinch of black pepper.

Paccheri Pasta Gricia con Lime/Pasta with Guanciale (cured pork jowl or cheeks) and Lime 

Probably the jaw dropping dish of the evening.  Un assaggino, taste of guanciale that was not crispy, but comfortable was tossed with paccheri pasta and pecorino cheese.

Grazie, chef...

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