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Designing The Perfect Menu

Those brand new area rugs and that spiffy dining room paint job might look great, but all customers will remember about your restaurant is the food. Unfortunately, if you design a lackluster menu, your guests might not be tempted to try some of your best dishes. In my twenty years in the restaurant business, I have made some mistakes and had more than a few successes. I want to share the things with you that really work, so that you can enjoy your early days as a restaurant owner. Operating a restaurant is hard, but by heeding the right advice, you can enjoy the journey.


How To Make Authentic Italian Pasta Like A Pro

Authentic Italian food is seasonal and regional. Therefore, it can be difficult to explain exactly what is considered to be authentic Italian food because it is so regional. While pasta is not emphasized as much when cooking Italian in Italy vs. Americanized Italian, pasta is still important and you will need to get it right.

Salt the Water

Don't forget to salt the water. Don't add too much salt, but a little salt will improve the flavor. Also, salt helps keep the pasta from sticking to the side of the pot. You might also be worried about the pasta clumping together. But you should not add oil to the water to keep the pasta separated. This method does not work. Instead, add oil to the pasta after you are done cooking it.

Salt is one of many aspects of seasoning your pasta. Many Italians have very specific rules regarding how you are allowed to season your pasta, but these rules are usually put in place for good reason. 

Keep the Spaghetti Intact

Before putting the pasta in the pot, you might be tempted to snap it in half. However, breaking the spaghetti makes it too small. Instead, you will want to place it in the pot, allow it to get soft naturally, and fall right in. 

Be Patient

Pasta takes time to cook. You might want to take it out early or you might want to lift the lid to see the progress. But the pasta will taste better if you allow it to cook thoroughly. 

Make an Amazing Sauce

After you have finished cooking your pasta, the sauce is an essential component that determines how good your pasta will ultimately be. There's so much more to the sauce than tomatoes. Adding garlic, oregano, and basil will liven up your meals. The sauce also needs to be home-cooked so that it is bursting with flavor.

Turn Your Trip to an Italian Restaurant Into a Learning Experience

Heading to an authentic Italian restaurant is one of the best ways to learn how to cook authentic dishes. Visit a restaurant that uses dishes that have been with a family for generations and were even cooked back in the old country. It's a good idea to ask about the history of the restaurant and where the recipes came from.

Every Family Needs a Favorite Italian Restaurant

If you find a great restaurant, you might even consider satisfying your urge for Italian food by becoming a regular. You might even receive discounts and other perks for coming in all the time. 

For more info, visit a restaurant like Villa Romana Italian Restaurant.