Making Pasta From ScratchTired of turkey, but still have lots of holiday entertaining to do? Pasta is a great alternative to the turkey, ham, and lamb dishes we typically enjoy this time of year.  Pasta can even be served with a wonderful lamb ragout, if you want to keep things festive and hearty!

For inspiring ideas, we’re talking to Italian restaurateurs all month. We’ll get their take on Pasta Perfect dishes you can serve at home.  This week, we made fresh, hand-cut pappardelle pasta with Aimee Pellegrini, owner of La Romanza Bistro Italiano in Seattle. We went behind the scenes, in her restaurant’s kitchen, to see how she makes pasta from scratch.  Aimee  shares her family secrets for making perfect pasta every time. She also shows us how to prepare her popular Lamb Ragout recipe over Pappardelle. You won’t believe how fresh and fun this classic pasta favorite can be to make and serve at home.

La Romanza Bistro Italiano

La Romanza Bistro Italiano is nestled in the heart of the West Seattle Junction and offers unique dining experiences and special events, with Italian inspired menus for brunch and dinner. I’m honored to be part of a holiday event coming up in her restaurant on December 9th. If you’re in the Seattle area, don’t miss what will be a sold out Winemaker’s dinner featuring 5 courses, paired with Siren Song wines, and Christmas Jazz. I’ll be sharing the stage with her Jazz band as a guest vocalist. I can’t wait to eat, drink, sing, and be merry! For dinner reservations call 206.906.9914 or visit for details.


Enjoy this and other Pasta Perfect menu ideas from throughout the month with your friends!

Lamb Ragout Over Pappardelle Pasta

Lamb Ragout Over Pappardelle Pasta


Happy Holidays!

Holly Brown, Publisher