Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Dave's Fresh Pasta Class, Somerville

Last weekend, I took a $75 sauce and pasta class at Dave's Fresh Pasta with Alisa. For those of you who have never heard of Dave's, it's a gem in Davis Square. Not only do they sell fresh pasta and delicious sauces, but they also have the best sandwiches in the area. I learned how to knead pasta dough from the intricate combination of durum and semolina flour, and I am now potentially scoping the market for a pasta machine. The super amiable Chef Jason also taught us how to make ravioli, tortellini, and a few amazing sauces. His southern Italian take was right up my alley and now I can't wait to experiment with lots of olive oil to make a simple marinara sauce, a fresh herb and lemon zest, and a wild mushroom with wine sauce. He sent me all the recipes, but I'm pretty sure I'm not supposed to just post them in public, so feel free to email me if you want specifics. I will also be posting my own takes on what I learned soon! My biggest regret: Eating a massive meal at Boston Burger Co. before partaking in the class where I then stuffed myself with pasta. How pleasant. 

Egg fettuccine and a pasta machine


Ravioli 

Alisa preparing her ravioli sheet

Ravioli and tortellini

Fresh herb and lemon zest in olive oil

Angel hair with fresh herb and lemon zest

Chef Jason and his mushroom wine sauce

Creamy porcini and wine sauce with truffle oil

And you know what? Making fresh pasta is totally doable at home. I highly recommend taking a class at Dave's to anyone. It's a lot of fun and perfect for friend dates, man dates, date dates, anything! However, they do sell out fast, so sign up at least a month in advance! 

Dave's Fresh Pasta
81 Holland Street
Somerville, MA 02144

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