Well look at that. It’s National Pasta Day. Like we need an excuse to enjoy more pasta.
With a rich Italian heritage, pasta has always been one of NEPA’s most celebrated foods
In many Northeastern Pennsylvania households, pasta is a weekly tradition.
From the simplicity of spaghetti night for the busy family to the big, Sunday supper with Grandma’s tomato “gravy” and meatballs, pasta always brings people together. With the exception of your aunts who constantly fought over Grandma’s recipe.
Do it yourself.
Some pasta purists prefer to build their own sauce and use fresh, authentic ingredients. Sure, you might be pulling out every pot in the cupboard, but, in the end, it’s all worth it. And there’s no need for the home cook to search far and wide for those extra special ingredients.
Pick up imported Italian products at NEPA's local specialty Italian markets.
You can find it all from fresh or dry pasta, decadent cured meats, oils and fine cheeses. NEPA’s specialty Italian markets have all you will need for your next big, pasta feast.
If you’re going to take the time, you might as well have great wine
No Italian dinner is complete without a good bottle of wine.
Bold, deep flavors and hearty tomato sauces beg for a strong red like a Chianti or Cabernet. If you’re going a little lighter with an oil or cream-based sauce, opt for a classic white like Pinot Grigio or Riesling. Whatever you choose, remember to stock up at one of NEPA’s local wineries.
Award-Winning Pennsylvania Wineries:
Of course, you can always dine out
That’s right. Let someone else be responsible for all that mess.
While we always applaud you daring, domestic chefs, many of us would much prefer to rely on the talent and expertise of professionals. That’s why, all over NEPA, in every county and every town, there is at least one great Italian restaurant. And on this National Pasta Day, where we celebrate the humble noodle, we’ve rounded up a list of local Italian favorites.
Home-Cooked Italian - NEPA Style: