Dottore! Carbonieri! Avvocato! Le Dentiste!
July 29, 2006
Carmen DiTizio was one handsome man. He had a shock of dark hair combed back like a movie star. When Jennifer and I first met we travelled to Pescara in the Abruzzo region to meet the patriarch and player. It was the end of summer and we happened to arrive during tomato harvest. There were trucks piled high on every block of the seaside town.
Carmen would open up the little kitchen that sat under a palm thatched roof right on the beach and whip up this fresh pasta dish to lure the ladies walking past who were on holiday from Rome. They would giggle with delight and one would cry, “dottore”, another, “avvocato”. This man was a pro, David and did it with little effort. You, as I, can follow in his footsteps.
Spinach Fettucini with Fresh Tomato and Basil
You’re going to need a substantial amount of time to work on your hair to look like Carmen’s so I’d forego making the pasta youself. Run to Raffetto’s and pick up a couple of pounds of spinach fettucini. Don’t make fun of the lady with the moustache, she’s there to help.
In mortar and pestle make a paste with 1 clove of garlic and 2 anchovy filets. Transfer the paste to a large bowl and mix with 2 chopped, large, ripe tomatoes. With your nimble man fingers, shred 8 basil leaves and stir in to the mix with 3 Tbs fruity olive oil from Tuscany.
Boil a pot of water and add 1 lb. of spinach fettucini. Once it returns to a boil, cook 60 – 90 seconds. This is crucial, no one likes soggy pasta, especially a woman on holiday from Rome. Toss the pasta with the tomato basil mixture, 1/2 cup grated parmigiano reggiano, salt to taste and a couple turns of the peppermill.
Plate the pasta while calling out, “Signorinas! La chirurgia è completa!” Garnish with basil leaves and serve with Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. Dentiste!