Saturday, September 22, 2012

Linguine and the Parmesan Wheel

If you find yourself near O'Hare airport in Chicago, consider dining at Carlucci's, a local Italian restaurant.  Their most impressive pasta dish is the linguine tossed table-side in a half wheel of Parmesan cheese.

Linguini Bobonato Con Parmigiano
The hot pasta melts some of the cheese as it's tossed and then the waiter scrapes the sides and bottom of the wheel to add even more cheese.  The dish is complemented by peas and prosciutto di parma and is quite delicious.  If you and your dinner guests prefer a meat main course, order that with the Linguini Bobonato Con Parmigiano as a side dish for everyone at the table.

The restaurant is frequented by the many business travelers in the area, so do make a reservation in advance even on weeknights.  The restaurant is always very busy and due to its hard surfaces, rather noisy.  But all of the food is good and the atmosphere is very nice and alive with people.  In all of my travels I've never seen this done anywhere else so presume it to be the specialty of the house and one you don't want to miss when near Chicago.

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