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35. Pasta of the Night on Thursdays at Ristorante Sapori
The idea is that I should name a specific dish at Ristorante Sapori, an item for readers to hone in on with laser-precision focus. But that would be something of a disservice to both the reader and chef/owner Marco Pindo.
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Pindo -- like anyone for whom a passion for good food and cooking runs deep -- uses instinct and experience to dictate "what's good tonight" instead of being a slave to the menu. His Thursday night pasta sessions bring the craft of pasta-making out of the kitchen and into the dining room, where guests can watch the meals come to life. On these nights, Pindo will create a few specials that put the freshly rolled and cut pasta center stage.
The carbs are dressed with light sauces or olive oil, topped with fresh vegetables, and perfumed with herbs plucked from the restaurant's patio garden. Choose whatever sounds good out of the two or three dishes being offered, or ask Pindo for his recommendation. Be flexible and trust that what you get will be simple, clean, and prepared with considerable skill.