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  • Writer's pictureBurke Burns


Although there has been a push the last couple of decades to be carb-conscious, pasta remains one of the most popular foods in the world. Different types of pasta are found in cuisine all over the world, from Italy to Thailand. The greatest part about pasta is that there are an infinite amount of sauces, toppings, types of protein and vegetables that can be poured over or placed on top. There are also hundreds of types of wine that pair better with one type of pasta and sauce or another. Tutto Fresco Italian Restaurant in Bel Air, Harford County, Maryland is an epicenter of delectable pasta dishes. They boast some of the best Italian pasta and homemade sauces in the area, and their wine list continues to expand.

One popular kind of pasta is farfalle. Farfalle is also known by it’s shape, “bow tie” pasta. A tasty puttanesca sauce goes great with farfalle. Puttanesca is from the Campania region of southern Italy. It is a savory, fragrant sauce made with anchovies, garlic, capers, olives, tomatoes, and either chili peppers or crushed red pepper. A southern Italian primitivo or a zinfandel would be the perfect match for this dish. It's certainly best not to have a high alcohol wine with this tangy sauce.

Fettuccine is a crowd favorite at most dinner parties and family dinners. It is a flat, wide noodle. The perfect sauce for fettuccine is a nice, creamy alfredo sauce made from butter and parmesan. Of course chicken fettuccine alfredo is even better, and some throw broccoli in for good measure. Tutto Fresco creates an irresistible fettuccine alfredo dish. When you think of wines for this meal, the answer is staring you right in the eye. Fettuccine alfredo is synonymous with being buttery, and so is chardonnay.

Lasagna noodles are very distinct, in that they are very wide and rectangular with curly edges, seemingly larger than any other type of popular pasta. Tutto Fresco is renowned for having the best lasagna in Bel Air. It is a staple in Harford County cuisine. Lasagna noodles are layered with ricotta, mozzarella, and ground beef with a delicious tomato sauce. It is a hearty meal that originated in Naples and pairs nicely with a pinot noir. Although not very close to Italy, an Oregon pinot will be exceptional.

Similar to spaghetti, linguine is a slightly thicker, long noodle that is a remarkable dish when topped with a clam sauce. This is an old-fashioned northern Italian meal, with a Genoan origin. A pinot grigio would go great with the linguine dinner, as it is dry and crisp, and won’t overwhelm the seafood. Linguine with clam sauce is incredibly simple, and lemon pepper can be a nice addition.

Penne bolognese is a dream come true if you enjoy a classic Italian meat sauce. Penne is one of the most popular pasta choices in the world. It is a hollow, cylindrical pasta that originates in Liguria, northern Italy. Quite frequently, penne is served with a meat or tomato sauce, and not usually with seafood or cream sauces. This is where bolognese comes in. Tutto Fresco in Bel Air has a remarkable bolognese, and it is actually made with a touch of cream. Fettuccine is served with bolognese sometimes as well. Onions, carrots, celery, tomatoes, and milk are integral components of a good bolognese. A barolo wine or a chianti with high acidity would be a beautiful pairing.

Thousands of articles could be written about pasta. There are an infinite amount of variations and ways to prepare it. The best pasta dishes in Harford County continue to be served at Tutto Fresco.

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