My fave: bucatini all’amatriciana

Since Tim and I are in Las Vegas for the LeadsCon trade show (working the tradeshow floor has become a new skill since starting, there won’t be much cooking this week.  But don’t fret…I will eat well.  Las Vegas has so many amazing restaurants.  Tim and I like to check out new ones each time we come.

Last night after flying in, we had a late dinner at B&B Ristorante, a Mario Batali restaurant in the Venetian.  I ordered one of my favorite pasta dishes, bucatini all’amatriciana.  The first time I began to truly appreciate bucatini all’amatriciana was in Rome a few years ago.  I will never forget our amazing meal at Antica Pesa in the Trastevere area of Roma!  Now I am always on the hunt for good renditions of this classic.  Crispo in the West Village always does a nice job as did B&B Ristorante last night.

Apparently the key to the recipe is using guanicale – not bacon or pancetta.  If you’re interested in learning more, Florence Fabricant wrote an article and provided a recipe in the New York Times last year that fully educated me on my favorite pasta dish.  Enjoy!

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