Autostrada Osteria Gives a Supplier Shout Out to La Grotta del Formaggio

Scout works with a lot of local restaurants to get the word out about the cool and delicious things they’re doing, but they couldn’t do what they do without access to awesome ingredients. To get what they need, culinary creatives depend on personal networks of passionate artisans, farmers and producers who often work hard without ever seeing the glory they deserve. Since it’s always good to recognize those who have your back, we bring you the Supplier Shout Out!

This week we head to Autostrada Osteria to find out from Chef/Owner Lucais Syme about the local supplier providing them with generations of passion along with some excellent dried pastas…

Which one of your suppliers do you want to give a shout out to? La Grotta del Formaggio, a locally owned and operated company for over 40 years.

What does this supplier supply you with? We use Rustichella d’Abruzzo dried pasta for all of our pastas that are not our housemade stuffed pastas.

How is this ingredient featured on your menu? Some menu items include Tagliatelle Bolognese, Strozzapreti with duck and anchovy ragu, and Garganelli with fennel sausage ragu. Prices range from $19-23.

What do you suggest pairing with this particular item? The above three pastas go very well with medium-bodied, bright wines!

What makes this product so special? Tagliatelle and garganelli are pastas with egg in the dough, while the strozzapreti is all semolina. The difference gives us the ability to match the ragu to the best shape and texture of pasta. Rustichella is a family-owned company that has been in business for over a 100 years. The quality is superior and we are fortunate to have them visit us at Autostrada quite regularly.

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