As a countdown to the Best of Broward Palm Beach 2011, coming in June, Clean Plate Charlie is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in South Florida. Send your own nominations to Deirdra.Funcheon@BrowardPalmBeach.com.
No. 18: Whole Wheat Tagliatelle with Shrimp and Asparagus from Vic & Angelo's
Most pastas are like French-kissing your sister. They're better than nothing but they don't really satisfy. This pasta really satisfies.
At the Delray Beach branch of David Manero's contemporary
Italian-American trattoria, long strands of nutty-tasting tagliatelle
(meaning "to cut," from the region of Emilia-Romagna) are paired with
plump, thumb-sized shrimp, coins of al dente asparagus and sweet little
cherry tomatoes, then tossed with olive oil inflamed with hot chilies
and plenty of garlic. It's a riot of flavors in your mouth, yet no
single one overwhelms the others, a hallmark of properly prepared
Italian cuisine. It's also a lot more satisfying than French-kissing
your sister. And she'd probably like it too.
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