L’amatriciana (and some pizza for good measure)
Some friends called this evening to ask if I wanted to go to dinner and I realized that I have very little of an important aspect of my Italian life here on the blog…food! They humored me while I explained the blog and snapped photos at the dinner table. I ordered the Roman classic amatriciana. It’s a classic on every Roman menu that originates in the northern Lazio town of Amatrice. Every summer they have a sagra celebrating amatriciana, which I attended two summers ago with this same group of friends. It’s serious business up there, with hundreds of kilos of pasta prepared for the event. For the tried and true recipe, the city of Amatrice has a website in English and Italian. The restaurant served it to me with normal spaghetti, but it really should be eaten with bucatini (a thicker spaghetti with a hole in the center, buco means hole in Italian and it’s great for collecting sauce). The pizza I threw in because it looks delicious and I like the photo. The topping in chicory (cicoria) and sausage.