Carluccio’s

Yet another new restaurant has been added to one of the growing areas just north of Washington, DC on the red line.  In Pike & Rose, the latest restaurant to open its doors is Carluccio’s.  They are so new that they haven’t even added this location to their website.  Went during their soft opening and you could tell things were still getting worked on/staff trained.  Took awhile to get service at some points, when waiters were just standing there chatting with each other or doing nothing.  But overall a good experience.

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You have to pay for bread at this Italian place.  I was not impressed with that.  Tried a bellini and it was nice.

Also ordered some Caponata which was very tasty!

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For dinner, I opted for the Insalata al Abruzzese – an Italian-style Nicoise. Per the menu it was albacore tuna, green beans, sweet peppers, vine tomatoes, new potatoes, anchovy fillets, salad leaves and soft boiled eggs with olive oil vinaigrette. I was disappointed when it arrived and the tuna was albacore tuna from a can.  I expected it to be a grilled steak.  Nonetheless, it was good.  The anchovies added a nice taste.

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My friend ordered a basic Spaghetti con Polpette, with their house-made meatballs served with spaghetti and tomato basil sauce.  Exactly what it was labeled.

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Will totally check this place out again and see how it progresses as it gets a little ‘older’.

Tomato and Arugula Pasta Sauce

Got to enjoy a pasta sauce I hadn’t had for awhile the other night.  It has tons of veggies and is super simple to make — Spaghetti with Fresh Tomatoes and Rocket (Arugula) or Spaghetti con Pomodori e Rughetta from The Top One Hundred Pasta Sauces by Diane Seed.

Ingredients:

1 lb spaghetti

10 oz red ripe plum tomatoes — I use a lot more

4 cloves garlic

2 oz rocket (arugula) — about 1/3 cup chopped — I used about 2-3 times this much

1 1/2 tbsp olive oil

Salt & Black pepper

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Directions:

Skin the tomatoes by first plunging them into boiling water for a few minutes (I have always skipped this step).

Chop finely (I keep them in chunks) and place in a large bowl together with the finely chopped garlic and coarsely chopped rocket (arugula).  Add the olive oil and S&P to taste and leave for at least 2 hours.

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Post 2-hours:

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I was in charge of the sauce…got to enjoy some nice homemade pasta.

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Cook the pasta as usual, drain and stir in the sauce.

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