Pasta Lovers, Rejoice!

pasta 2Pasta is a main staple of Italian cuisine and the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra offers a number of classic and delicious pasta dishes that showcase Massimo Capra’s artistic culinary vision and pair well with red and white wines produced throughout the Niagara Region. Here is a look at some of the pasta dishes you can find on the Rainbow Room’s dinner menu:

Linguine

Linguine originated in the Italian region of Liguria and is a form of pasta that means “little tongues” in Italian. The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra offers a Linguine Carbonara, which features smoked chicken, bacon and zucchini ribbons tossed in a Chardonnay cream sauce with egg.

Cannelloni

Cannelloni is cylindrical pasta that is baked and filled with stuffings like ricotta cheese, beef, or spinach. It means “large reeds” in Italian and is generally covered by a sauce. The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra offers a gluten-free and vegetarian Truffled Sweet Potato Cannelloni that features Ontario goat cheese, Yukon Gold “pasta”, red quinoa and black lentil soffritto.

Fettuccine

pasta 1Fettuccine is Italian for “little ribbons” and is a type of pasta that is popular in Tuscan and Roman cuisine. The menu at the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra offers a classic Fettuccine Bolognese dish that pairs well with a merlot and features a delicious sauce made with veal, beef, and sausage.

Gnocchi

Gnocchi is a type of pasta that consists of soft doughy dumplings that vary in ingredients and texture based on the region in which they are made. The word “gnocchi” is thought to be derived from the Italian word “nocchio” which means “knot in wood” or from the word “nocca” which means “knuckle”. The Rainbow Room offers a vegetarian interpretation of this classic dish with Black Truffle Potato Gnocchi featuring roasted cauliflower, pecorino, and Upper Canada ricotta cheese.