Whole grain pasta tossed with a creamy, roasted red pepper sauce and delicious meaty bits of turkey sausage. Enjoy some healthy Italian for dinner tonight.
We have pasta whenever I want to re-live our trip to Italy. It was almost 10 years ago now but is still my all-time favorite vacation. The food in Italy is simple but tastes extraordinary. It is all about a few fresh ingredients. Penne with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce and Turkey Sausage stills my craving for a taste of Italy.
We started our trip to Italy in Rome. We checked into a hotel and took their shuttle service. We got off and realized we hadn’t the faintest idea where we were. We obviously had not understood the hotel staff telling us where it was going. We walked around a little and realized “Oh Moly! There is the Forum right down the hill”. We are seeing the Forum. Even though you know going to Italy you are going to see all the famous cites, it is so overwhelming when you do. We were almost giddy at the thought. These structures are thousands of years old. We were walking in the steps of people that had walked, lived and loved in this very spot for thousands of years. It gives you a sense of connection to the past so strongly and vividly.
We walked around the rest of the day looking at the Trevi Fountain, having gelato, walking down the Spanish Steps and getting the feel for the city. We didn’t have any particular plans for dinner and happened to turn down a small alley. We saw a restaurant called Old Bear. It had a few tables outside so we decided to see if we could eat there. It was getting dark. There was dim lighting giving a beautiful glow to the alley way and tables. We sat and struck up a conversation with the server and owner. We decided not to look at a menu and just have them bring whatever they wanted plus a bottle of wine, of course.
Dinner in Italy always starts with an antipasti. It was so romantic. Sitting at a table in Rome with my husband, dining by the low glimmer of light, the setting could not be more perfect. Next was the primi which is pasta. The pasta was cooked with langoustines in a light sauce with garlic and wine. It was out of this world. It was simply prepared but tasted like the best pasta I have ever had. Next was fish, melt in your mouth tender fish. I was so full after that but my husband wanted more. They brought out steak, a beautifully cooked steak with rosemary and garlic. I took a few bites but was too full to enjoy much of it. It was one of our favorite meals in Rome. Part of the romance of that evening was the serendipity of stumbling upon this restaurant in a small alley. We didn’t know where we were and didn’t care. At that moment, life was perfect.
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