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Saturday, April 14, 2007

The Devil's Angel Hair

Several years ago I went to Marietta, Ohio with a geologist friend to evaluate some oil wells. It was the first (and so far only) time I had been to Marietta, a lovely, well-kept small city nestled on the banks of the Ohio river at its confluence with the Muskingum. Founded in 1788, it is the oldest settlement in the state, and historically prosperous. Its location on two navigable rivers made it an excellent location for shipping and commerce, and oil further fueled the local economy after it was discovered in the area in 1860.

My favorite discovery during my trip to Marietta was Rossi Pasta, which set up shop there in the early 1980s. The high quality and creativity that they put into their products has earned them the business of hotels, resorts, and high-end retailers of gourmet foods like Williams-Sonoma and Neiman Marcus.

Just recently, Rossi Pasta added "Fire!" to its line, a flavor originally created for Neiman Marcus. Also billed as "The Devil's Angel Hair," this cayenne-infused Capelli d'Angelo adds flavor and heat -- lots of it -- to anything it is paired with. We just threw together some sautéed onions, red peppers and minced clams in a white sauce as a pasta-topper for a quick, late dinner, and the fiery pasta added complexity and kick. I'm already thinking about pairing it with grilled shrimp and veggies, or scallops in a cream sauce. If I need any other ideas, I'm sure I can find some at Rossi Pasta's excellent recipe collection.

I could rave about some of their other flavors too (Wild Mushroom Linguini!), but will leave that for another time. Rossi Pasta is available at eight Indiana locations, as well as at their online store.
M. Zane Grey, 10:55 AM