Pasta all’amatriciana. Bleeding Espresso has to remind me of it. Make no mistake, it is possible to get a good meal in Illinois and Wisconsin. But when you’re on the road as I am and don’t know where to go, you’re likely to be yearning for something so quintessentially simple and knock-your-socks-off good as a simple dish of pasta with pancetta and tomatoes—stuff you might get at any roadside joint in Italy. What you’re likely to get in America’s heartland if you don’t know where to go is something breaded and deep fried (with a white roll alongside and a blob of something chemical to slather on it. You gotta watch that cholesterol, you know). This is typically washed down with very week coffee, although the habit is changing.
But still, I need at least a picture to satisfy my craving. Bleeding espresso has one of the spicy pancetta and one of the complete dish: Pasta all’amatriciana
Get that pasta water going. You know you want some.