Can I be honest with you? Seeing the Ronzoni pasta box makes me think of my late grandmother. It’s the only brand she would use when cooking our Sunday dinners. There was something so special about our time together – waiting for her sauce to cook and then fighting with my cousins with a piece of bread in hand to get the last drop of the good stuff from her pot. Yes, I’m Italian.
Ronzoni® Pasta wanted to celebrate National Pasta Month in a fun and YUMMY way. The company teamed up with four talented chefs and had them create signature pasta dishes using winning ingredients in honor of Ronzoni’s 100th Anniversary. I’m already hungry!!
Ready to see the winning (one of a kind) recipes? Did I mention the chefs are all from the NY area? WOOT! Hometown high five. I was born in Manhattan and raised in Queens. So, this post is pretty near and dear to my heart.
Who Are The Chefs?
- Chef Chris Jaeckle of All’onda
- Chef Samantha Diaz and the Pirolo family of The Saint Austere
- Chef Gianna Cerbone of Manducatis Rustica
- Chef Biagio Settepani of Pasticceria Bruno.
Each chef selected eight ingredients to potentially incorporate into their pasta dishes, which were then voted on by consumers on the Ronzoni Facebook page from August 11-September 7, 2015.
Chef Gianna Cerbone of Manducatis Rustica (46-35 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City)
Dish: Gemelli E Gamberi featuring garlic, heirloom tomato and Madagascar shrimp
Chef Samantha Diaz and the Pirolo family of The Saint Austere (613 Grand Street, Brooklyn)
Dish: Rigatoni with Pancetta and Porcinis featuring smoked pancetta, porcini mushrooms and butternut squash
Chef Chris Jaeckle of All’onda (22 East 13th Street, Manhattan)
Dish: Smoked Salmon Lasagna featuring squash, Jerusalem artichokes and smoked salmon
Chef Biagio Settepani of Pasticceria Bruno (1650 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island)
Dish: Staten Island Mac & Cheese featuring portobello mushrooms, fresh tomato and prosciutto cotto
You had me at prosciutto!!
It was all about local flavors for the chefs! They also wanted to give a nod to the neighborhoods they were representing. And if you live in NY – guess what?! These dishes will be offered at their respective restaurants for a limited time in October, giving local diners the chance to experience the flavorful dishes first-hand.
Each recipe features a different cut of Ronzoni® Pasta, including Rigatoni, Rotini, Gemelli and Lasagna. To view and try out the recipes, visit www.facebook.com/ronzoni.pasta.
How To Give Back:
For every Ronzoni® Pasta 100th Anniversary signature dish that is purchased at each participating restaurant in October, Ronzoni® Pasta will make a donation of $1 (up to $4,000 each) to the chef’s non-profit organization.
Recipes will also be featured on the Ronzoni® Pasta Facebook timeline throughout the month of October, with every “like” or share triggering an additional $1 donation by Ronzoni (up to $1,000 per organization for a maximum $5,000 donation per partner) to each of the non-profit organizations.
The non-profit partners include:
- Food and Finance High School – Chef Chris Jaeckle, All’onda,
- Part of the Solution (POTS)– Chef Samantha Diaz and the Pirolo family, The Saint Austere,
- Long Island City YMCA – Chef Gianna Cerbone, Manducatis Rustica, and
- March of Dimes – Chef Biagio Settepani, Pasticceria Bruno.
How easy to get involved!! All you have to do is click here and choose which dish you like on Ronzoni’s Facebook wall and… LIKE IT! Done! I hope you will participate because this is really easy.