Ahh, pasta. Ever since this glutenous delicacy rolled out of Rome, it has conquered palates across the globe. The US, in particular, is fond of its pasta, with the average American consuming 20 pounds of it annually.
There’s a good reason for this. Not only is pasta delicious, but it pairs well with almost everything: from meats and seafood to tofu and vegetables. At Rikasa, we love pasta just as much as you do, which is why we offer delicious pasta dishes that are sure to get your heart singing!
Get Ready for a Hearty Meal with These 7 Pasta Dishes at Rikasa!
Ready to treat your senses to a flavor extravaganza? Here are seven items on Rikasa’s pasta menu that should be on your list of must-haves.
1. Pappardelle Veal Ragu
This is one of those pasta dishes that hits all the right notes. Pappardelle is a long, flat, broad, ribbon-like pasta traditionally made from egg dough. It has been a part of Italian cuisine since the 14th century, originating in Central Italy.
We cook our pappardelle with veal- widely known as a nutritional powerhouse. Braised veal is packed with protein, potassium, phosphorus niacin, and vitamins B12 and B6. As a bonus, it tastes heavenly when paired together. Add the classic meat-based cream ragu sauce to the mix, and voila! You have a delicious meal that’s straight from a traditional Italian ristorante.
2. Hot Sausage Cavatelli
Did you know that cavatelli means ‘little hollows’? Made from semolina and other flour dough, these pasta shells are incredibly chewy and shaped like miniature hot dog buns. Hence, it’s only appropriate that we serve them with hot sausage!
Our Hot Sausage Cavatelli is a delicious pasta dish with enhancers like cherry peppers mixed in for good measure. The tomato cream sauce creates a perfect balance of flavors that ties the whole dish together. Don’t believe us? Order it off Rikasa’s menu to find out for yourself!
3. Rigatoni al Norma
Rigatoni, which originates from the word ‘Rigato’ meaning ‘ridged’, is a short, wide, tubular pasta that has ridges on the outside but is smooth inside. It belongs to the family of short pasta, with its first cousin penne making a regular appearance in many Italian dishes.
Rigatoni al Norma is a well-loved Sicilian dish featuring eggplant as the main vegetable. And, since fresh produce never hurt anyone, we also add a generous helping of zucchini and cherry tomatoes to this delicious pasta dish. A dash of parmesan, ricotta, ricotta salata, and grana Padano later, the rigatoni is ready to be served.This, along with the other pasta dishes on Rikasa’s menu, is perfect for a family dinner. After all, nothing brings people together like good food!
4. Shrimp and Pesto Tortelloni
Our menu wouldn’t be the same without its seafood options. If you’re looking for something wholesome and flavorful, then this item on our pasta menu is the ideal choice. We take two Italian classics, tortelloni and pesto, and combine them to create this divine meal.
For protein, we use shrimp. Shrimp is well-known to promote improved bone and brain health, weight management, and lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Besides, it has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties that can help reduce the risk of various age-related ailments such as macular degeneration and eye fatigue.
5. Linguini Puttanesca
This dish is a huge hit on our menu, and it’s no surprise. It’s a Neapolitan classic with a colorful history. Linguini puttanesca is a traditional pasta dish made using tomato sauce, olives, capers, and garlic.
Puttanesca is a fiery, fragrant sauce that will have you addicted right away. Plus, the capers and olives add a briny saltiness that cuts through the spice like a knife. You can always add a bit of extra protein to this dish – chicken or shrimp, whatever you’re feeling – to take things up a notch.
6. Eggplant Parmesan
Eggplant parmesan is widely touted as the quintessential Italian comfort food. It’s the most layered of all (literally), with multiple flavor profiles coming together to create a homogeneous, decadent whole.
We alternate our eggplant slices with tomatoes, spinach, mozzarella, and a homemade marinara sauce to make this delicious dish. If you want to try Italian but skip past the pasta, this is the dish you should go for.
7. Penne, Shrimp, Crab
As we said, few things are as delectable as seafood pasta dishes. We make our penne pasta dish with shrimp, jumbo lump crab, tomatoes, and a garlic cream sauce, so you can feel the flavors explode with every mouthful.
Try These Delicious Pasta Dishes at Rikasa Restaurant
There’s nothing like a good pasta dish to lift your spirits after a long day. Whether you like your pasta cooked in seafood or served with meat, we have something for you. All you need to do is take a trip to Rikasa and pick something off our pasta menu. Our talented chefs will ensure you have the culinary experience of a lifetime!
Not in the mood for pasta? Rikasa’s menu has plenty of other dishes for you to choose from. From soups and salads to small plates and entrees, we offer an array of flavorful delicacies to satiate your appetite. Don’t forget to pair your meal with one of our signature cocktails. To make a reservation, contact us today!