Santa Monica Pizza & Pasta Co.

Diner · Italian Restaurant · Sandwich Shop · Pizza Place

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Piacere - Food & Travel without rules!

When looking for a quick but elaborate and unexpected first dish or even a main course, you don’t have to spend hours at the stove.  Most Italianpasta dishes are prepared within twenty minutes with available ingredients in season.  Pasta is almost always served as a first dish in Italy (primo piatto).

I like to serve pasta as a primo piatto because it is easy to make and most of the time you can pre-prepare the ingredients even if you are making the pasta fresh.  Although you don’t often find foie gras on the menu in Italy, this dish is elegant and compliments meats that might follow.  The rosemary gives it a smoky flavor and the richness of the foie gras makes this dish that special event star of the meal.

It can be served with red of white wine as the flavors are strong enough for either or if…

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Author: Santa Monica Pizza & Pasta Co.

We specializes in rustic-style pizzas, calzones and "pastazones," which are calzones stuffed with pasta. We also serve "pizzinis" -- house-made flatbread sandwiches that are "stacked and packed" with fillings like meatballs and barbecued chicken. Our pasta specialties include chicken Alfredo, pasta pomodora, mac & cheese, ravioli and lasagna. Finish it all off with cheesecake, brownies or tiramisu for dessert

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