For many people, Monday is the cruelest day of the week. To-do lists are seemingly miles long, and the work week looms long ahead. The joy of the weekend, with its nights out and Sunday brunch, seems eons away.
At Bottiglia Cucina Enoteca, we want to take away the sting of another manic Monday. We believe we’ve found the perfect solution, with a pasta special that will have you looking forward to the dawn of the new week. Every Monday, we’re offering 50% off of our incredibly popular pasta dishes! Here, we’ll introduce you to our latest special and some of the dishes available so you can start dreaming about next Monday right now!
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50% off Pasta Mondays: the details. This special is simple yet perfect. In a nutshell, it works like this: every Monday, every one of the dishes under the Pasta heading on our menu is offered at 50% off. It’s as simple as that! Not only does this mean you can try a variety of new dishes at a great price, but you can put your extra savings toward wine (not to tell you what to do…but that’s what we’d do).
Bottiglia’s pasta dishes. To help you work up an appetite for this incredible special, let’s take a moment to review the pasta dishes on our menu. Here, we’ll offer a description for each of the items available as part of our pasta special, and in addition, we’ll offer some suggestions for pairing wine with each dish.
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Wild Mushroom Risotto
What it is: This is an umami-rich vegetarian entree, with wild mushrooms dotting a creamy, dreamy serving of risotto, which is made with mascarpone, truffle butter, and chives. It’s almost too good!
What to drink with it: Mushrooms are a beautiful and natural pairing with a Pinot Noir, which picks up their earthy flavor and offers a perfect fruit complement.
What it is: Feeling hungry? This is the dish for you. Pappardelle (a type of fat, wide noodle) soak up a rich tomato sauce, which is flavored generously with pancetta and red wine.
What to drink with it: The big flavor of this comfort food dish calls for an assertive wine. Sangiovese (the primary grape used to make most Chianti) is a great pairing with this classic pasta dish; Cabernet Sauvignon is another perfect pick.
What it is: This is considered a classic in Italian seaside towns. Enjoy the flavor of the Amalfi Coast with this aromatic and juicy clam-infused pasta dish, featuring linguini scented with garlic and white wine.
What to drink with it: The white wine in this pasta dish calls for more white wine as an ideal pairing. A crisp white wine, such as Pinot Grigio, works well with the saltiness of the clams.
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What it is: You’ve never tried lasagna like this! Layers of lasagna noodles are stacked with ricotta, basil, and mozzarella in this creative version of the popular Italian casserole. It’s naturally vegetarian, but may entice even the staunchest of meat eaters as well!
What to drink with it: Lasagna loves a juicy red wine. Try it with a Merlot, which has enough fruit-forward flavor to work with the natural sweetness of the vegetables while also adding a pleasing contrast to the rich cheese.
Baked Gnocchi Arrabbiata
What it is: Arrabbiata dishes fall on the spicier side of the spectrum. This spicy and bold dish features gnocchi, spicy Calabrian chili, three types of cheeses, and San Marzano tomatoes. Ah, perfection!
What to drink with it: Like most spicy dishes, this pasta requires a big and bold wine flavor for the most delicious results. Cabernet Sauvignon can stand up to the powerful and spicy flavors of this dish; or, opt for a savory Sangiovese to balance out the dish. If you’re so inclined, a sparkling wine is also a pleasing pairing.
Rigatoni & Cherry Tomato
What it is: Have you ever heard of “sciué sciué” pasta? Sciué sciué translates as “hurry hurry” or “quick quick”, referring to the quick preparation of high quality ingredients required of this dish. Our rigatoni and cherry tomato pasta dish is a take on this Italian classic. In our version, rigatoni is tossed with mozzarella, basil, and cherry tomatoes to make a simple yet sophisticated (and naturally vegetarian) dish.
What to drink with it: This is a dish which is truly open ended in terms of wine pairings. Pinot noir or Merlot are both fine picks to pick up the herbal flavor of the basil and the sweetness of the tomatoes; however, a white like Sauvignon Blanc will also work well, providing a contrasting acidity to the cheese.
Short Rib Cavatelli
What it is: If it’s not a meal without meat (hey, it’s ok) then this is the past a dish for you. Delicious short rib meat is paired with cavatelli, along with piquillo peppers, ricotta, and roasted vegetables. Absolutely delicious.
What to drink with it: You don’t want to overpower the dish with a super bold red wine, but you don’t want something too subtle, either. A moderate to semi-bold red wine such as the Toscano Rosso red blend on our menu is an ideal pick; however, a sparkling wine such as prosecco also works well with the richness of the meat.
King Crab Bucatini
What it is: Bucatini resembles a thick pasta, but there’s actually a hollow hole in the center (like a straw). This allows the pasta to “drink up” the sauce and flavors around it, which in this case include buttery king crab, zucchini, roasted tomatoes, Meyer lemon cream.
What to drink with it: A buttery white wine like Chardonnay is an ideal pairing, adding an element of contrast to the buttery crab and cream flavors.
What it is: This is the perfect balance for a pasta dish: hearty yet not too heavy. Generously sized rigatoni pasta is paired with pleasingly astringent broccoli rabe, with Calabrian chili and ricotta. It’s satisfying without being over the top.
What to drink with it: A Pinot Noir is an ideal pick for this pasta dish, working with both the creaminess and the high note of the tomato.
If you’re looking for Henderson Italian Restaurants where you can get great pasta at killer prices, make Bottiglia your Monday night destination! Our crave-worthy pasta offerings will undoubtedly make your week a little brighter.
Which pasta dish will you try first?