SD Dish of the Month - November 2013 [Pasta]
Everyone likes pasta, sí? I mean, what’s not to like? So this month’s Dish-of-the-Month will almost certainly float boats, light candles, ring chimes, rock socks, and flip pancakes. Or not. But I hope so. No DIY allowed, though.
Yes, November’s dish may be a wee bit on the heavy-ish and calorific side, but hopefully it can be snuck in before the 28th. Or, damn the torpedos, after.
Anyway, my tenure as Dish-of-the-Month Dictator is drawing to a close. [Roaring cheers swell up from the crowd...Dictator presses on] After this, which is my last official proclamation, all of my exalted dictatorship power goes back to Dish-of-the Month Uber-Dictator, cstr. [More cheers]
Now, as I recall, cstr previously decreed that there will be no DotM in December, so all those of you who are potential but reticent dictator volunteers probably don’t have to hide out behind a tablecloth just yet. But I’ll leave all of that recruiting stuff up to her.
Except for one thing. For the benefit of the next Dictator, here’s a list of the past Dishes of the Month: Burger, donut, sausage, chile relleno, carne asada burrito, soup, pie, salad, curry, and now pasta. Which, when I look at it, kind-of sort-of reads like an “I’m craving” list.
Wish I knew a snappy Italian phrase to close with, but I don’t. In any case, I hope we’ll have a good thread this month sharing opinions about pasta dishes around town.
Okay, since it's Nov. 1st, I'll start off with one of my go-to favorite pasta dishes.
That would be Pasta Ortiz at Nonno's Ristorante in a small, non-descript strip mall (next to a hooka bar) in La Mesa.
It is basic spaghetti (from a broadline distributor, no doubt) tossed with a generous number of 16/20 ct. shrimp that have not been overcooked or turned to mush. The whole thing is finished with a creamy parmesan and cilantro sauce.
I rarely order pasta when dining out and I rarely order shrimp when dining out. I ordered this dish mostly because I was curious to see how ingredients I'd be more likely to find in a Mexican restaurant worked out in this Italian one. Surprisingly well.