Monday, March 19, 2018

Celebrating Carbonara Day at Barilla Restaurants

By: Finance Foodie

The other night, I visited the Barilla Restaurant in Herald Square to celebrate pre-Carbonara Day. Carbonara Day was established in Italy last April 6 as a way to hail a particularly delicious pasta that most believe was first made in mid-20th Century Rome as a hearty meal for Italian charcoal workers. Barilla Restaurants will bring Carbonara Day Month to the States by adding Chef Alfonso Sanna’s signature Pasta alla Carbonara on April 6 to its menus and keeping it until May 6. However, yours truly got got a special sneak peak at this tantalizing menu item along with a special cooking demo by Chef Sanna himself!
Carbonara
When I arrived, I was greeted by the Chef who was putting together the ingredients for his cooking demo. Yum - those ingredients sure look good!
The Ingredients
While he cooked, Alfonso explained to us that every chef has a different recipe for Pasta alla Carbonara, but his signature dish is made with Barilla thick spaghetti, crispy bacon, egg yolks, Parmigiano and Pecorino cheese, cream, and black pepper. He also gave us useful Carbonara cooking tips - such as making sure the heat is on low (any hotter and the egg yolks just might turn into an omelet) and to plate the pasta first, then drizzle the bacon and sauce on top for extra flavor.

All the fragrant scents from Chef Sanna's kitchen made me hungry, so I was super excited to try out the final product. Oh wow was it tasty! The pasta was perfectly al dente and the sauce was creamy and rich. The bacon was nicely crispy and the dash of black pepper really brought all the flavors together seamlessly. I've had many a Carbonara dishes from many a different restaurants but this by far was one of the best.
Final Product!
Chef Sanna's Pasta alla Carbonara will only be around for a month so make sure to stop by any Barilla Restaurant in the New York City area for some excellent eats!

Barilla Restaurants Herald Square
108 W 32nd Street
New York, NY 10001
(646) 847-7171
barillarestaurants.com
Cuisine: Italian

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