During my short trip back to my friend's home town (Marietta, Ohio) a couple weeks ago, we made sure to stop in the little downtown area. This is a small town on the river and Saturday nights they all but roll up the sidewalks about five. However, the special pasta shop was open until 6 and let me tell you, the purchases our group made probably helped their whole day's receipts!
The store is Rossi Pasta. They have all kinds hanging on the drying rack in the window. They make fresh pasta in all kinds of flavors, sometimes changing with the season. They also stock specialty jams, sauces, oils, and do gift packs really well.
This was always a must-have stop whenever we visited Marietta. I'm sure it will continue to be when we come to town and hang out with her family in the future too. These were the two kinds I picked up. So far I cooked some of the pumpkin with cauliflower and had a light cream cheese sauce. It's not overly pumpkin-y or spicy and makes the kitchen smell yummy. I think next time I'll try a light red sauce or maybe just olive oil.
I'm looking for a white chocolate sauce to try with the chocolato Cabernet noodles. Kind of like a little dessert or something. And maybe some berries to go with that too. Still pondering this one. The down side is I cannot eat a lot of things with gluten (gives me migraines) and I don't drink wine (also the migraine thing), but I'm hoping small amounts with other food will be ok...because the taste is so good I hate to miss it!
The late afternoon sun coming directly into the shop and through all the lovely colored pasta made a fantastic design in the store. Ah, the elegance of small town America.