TO CHOKE A PRIEST: On the specials menu at Jonathans
Ristorante (15 Wall St., Huntington 631-549-0055 jonathansristorante.com)
this week is Strozzepreti al Ragu DAnatra, a thick,
homemade pasta with a rich duck ragu. Run, do not walk, to
Jonathans for this authentic dish from central Italy
whose name translates literally to priest choker.
Any number of legends explain the name, none treating the
clergy kindly. One story is that the pasta is so delicious
it would cause anyone to eat gluttonously even a priest
and choke themselves. A different explanation says
that any woman who labors to mix the dough, roll it into sheets,
and cut it into the strips that make the strozzapreti would
experience such a rage (perhaps triggered by the misery and
difficulties of her life) to be able to strangle a priest!
Perhaps the most plausible explanation comes from cookbook
author Jason Gibb who says the name goes back to the time
when the church was a big landowner and farmers would pay
their rent to members of the clergy. In his book The
Dolce Vita Diaries: Tales From The Olive Grove (paperback
edition April 2010, The Friday Project Limited), he explains
the farmers wives would make this pasta to grease
the palms, or rather fill the bellies, of the local clergymen.
But the farmers would go wild with jealousy (eating your wifes
pasta is tantamount to bedding her
) and so wish for
the pasta to choke the gluttonous priests to death.
Whatever the story behind the name, Jonathans strozzepreti
is a soul-warming, tongue-pleasing treat. Try it, and try
not to choke any priests.
BACK ALREADY: They work fast at Osteria Da Nino (292
Main St., Huntington 631-425-0820 www.ninosrusticitalian.
com). We reported last week it would close for renovations;
theyve already re-opened sporting a fresh paint job,
and wood floors have replaced the carpet. Tell Nino we sent
RESTAURANT CLOSED: JDs Restaurant & Tap Room
(287 Main St., Huntington) is closed. No sign went up on the
now-locked door and the only notice was to the restaurants
41 Facebook fans that Thursdays Trivia nights will now
be held at Nags Head on New York Avenue.
ALL LOBSTER: Mirabelle Restaurant at Three Village
Inn (150 Main St., Stony Brook 631-751-0555 threevillageinn.com)
has introduced a Friday night lobster tasting dinner for $39.
A tasting of three wines with unlimited pours is also
available for an additional $16. The four-course menu includes
Lobster Beignet, Lobster Mayonnaise, Chunky Lobster Salad,
Truffled Lobster Pie or Fricassee of Butter-Poached Tail,
plus choice of dessert.
HALL OF FAMER: Tom Schaudel, Long Island celebrity
chef, restauranteur and book author, is the inaugural inductee
to the Long Island Dining Alliance (LIDA) Hall of Fame. Schaudel,
57, has owned and sold 17 restaurants and cooked at nearly
30. He founded Panama Hatties in 1983 and today owns
A Mano in Mattituck and CoolFish in Syosset. The CIA graduate
has been described as an innovative, irreverent, eclectic,
frenetic and fearless chef. He is known for a cooking style
that blends Asian and Italian influences. He is the author
of Playing With Fire: Whining and Dining on the Gold
Coast (Legwork Team, $19.99), a personal behind-the-scenes
look at the restaurant business.
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