Like many of us I'm a great lover of pasta, be it fresh or dried, as my most comforting dinner is dried pasta with a simple tomato and chilli sauce. I also regularly make my own homemade pasta, including ravioli and gnocchi. If you are are like me, Nino Zoccali's book, Pasta Artigiana, is a god send with an amazing selection of pasta dishes that are far more than the typical selection found in similar pasta based books.
The Recipes range from a rustic Chicken and Meatball Soup with Risoni to an indulgent Black Scallop Ravioli with Crustacean Reduction Sauce. This book offers something for every type of palate. The huge array of recipes includes plenty for the carnivores among us with dishes including Pork Belly Ravioli, Pork Cheek & Pork Sauce, and Ligurian Coin Pasta with Braised Rabbit Sauce. Of course vegetarians have no worries from delicious Chilli Spaghetti with Garlic, Olive Oil & Italian Parsley to Sweet Pea Ravioli with Gorgonzola Cream & Burnt Butter. This cookbook ends on a sweet note with an enticing selection of traditional pasta desserts, a great recipe for the festive season is Umbrian Christmas Macaroni with Walnuts.
Nino Zocalli is a second generation Italian chef who in this book shares pasta recipes from life not only as a chef but from travel and family. This is a kitchen essential for all those who love pasta.