Garganelli, With Spring Garlic and Asparagus Cream!

A little Garganelli for today’s menu


Getting served with a spring garlic-asparagus cream.

also today:

Lasagne alla bolognese

Spaghettini, with fresh sorrel and radish top pesto

La Spaghetti Integralé!

Integralé (IT),  in·te·gral (ENG)

[in-ti-gruhl, in-teg-ruhl] ,adjective : of, pertaining to, or belonging as a part of the whole.

Spaghetti Integralé

Health experts advise everyone that grains are a healthy necessity in every diet, and that it’s important to eat at least half our grains as “whole grains.”  Moreover, whole grains have some valuable antioxidants not found in fruits and vegetables, as well as B vitamins, vitamin E, magnesium, iron and fiber.  The medical evidence is clear that whole grains reduce risks of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and obesity. Few foods can offer such diverse benefits.  People who eat whole grains regularly have a lower risk of obesity, as measured by their body mass index and waist-to-hip ratios. They also have lower cholesterol levels.  -the doctors of the internets


Those are some very good reasons to incorporate more whole grains into your daily lunch routine.

Here’s a couple of more important reasons:

 It tastes good,

it has a more interesting texture,

…..And when our Spaghetti Integralé, made with whole wheat, whole grain durum and spelt flour, gets tossed with a Sorrel Pesto, who could resist?

Sorrel pesto integrale

Also today:

Conchiglie, alla Bolognese

Tagliarini, with Puttanasca!

Walla Walla Sweets!

Walls Walla sweet onions, and fresh spring garlic need very little dressing-up to shine,

but we went ahead and threw in some black truffles shavings anyway,  just for good measure….

Safety first!

Hand cranked Malloreddus doesn’t hurt either…


Also today:

Pappardelle, alla Bolognese

Spaghettini, with a spicy clam-tomato sauce

Shhh, don’t tell anyone …….there’s Gnocchi

Gnocchi is possibly our most requested pasta at Il Corvo…


But we hardly ever make them.

It’s not because I derive joy from the act of depriving you of these pillowy little dumplings, (well, …I kinda do)

-but more so, it’s that no matter how much we make, how many hundreds we roll out,

…we NEVER have enough!


We just finished rolling out a 10 kilogram batch, thats 22 pounds in your inferior ” ‘Merican Standard Measurement” system, or about 70 orders in “IL Corvo Bowls”, and somewhere in the neighborhood of 3400 individual gnocchi,  which might lasts as long as 70 minutes here during lunch service.

then I’ll spend the next 170 minutes explaining that we ran out….

-especially when its tossed with a delicious parsnip sauce!

Gnocchi con Pastinaca

Gnocchi parsnip

So like I said…

Shhhhhh….DON”T .  TELL.   ANYONE!

Also delicious today:

Pappardelle, Alla Amatriciana

Spaghettini, with boquerones, anchovies, chili, garlic and breadcrumbs

Cavatelli in Radicchio Agrodolce

Sweet and sour Cavatelli today!

Radicchio, golden raisins, caramelized onions and balsamic vinegar give this dish just the right balance of sweet,

salty and bitter
Cavatelli Agrodolce

Also today,

Tagliatelle, Alla Bolognese

Squid ink Spaghettini, with salsa verde

Mowing the grass and weeds.

You’ve got some light gardening chores to get done….

First, pluck all this Basil Gramigne  or “Little Weeds” that have infested the Il Corvo pasta-garden.

Basil Gramigne

Then chop down all the grassy asparagus and prepare an nice, light asparagas-lemon cream sauce with them.


Oh, wait, Iv’e already done those chores,

-so go ahead and just nap at your desk until lunch,

-take an extended lunch hour,

-at lunch, call the boss and tell her or him that you’d really appreciate the opportunity to leave a little early today and beat the Friday traffic,

-make up something about an obligatory kids sporting activity tonight,

-and call it a day.

Enjoy your weekend!

Gramigne asparagus

Also today:

Pasta Misti, Alla Bolognese

Tagliatelle, in Salse Siciliana

Fusilli with House-Made Garlic Sausage!

Today’s menu includes some,

Lumache, with Wild Nettle-Mushroom Sauce

Squid-ink Spaghetti, Alla “Siciliana”

and a little of this…..

Fusilli with sausage

Fusilli, with house-made garlic sausage and tomato.


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