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Make your own pasta

The pasta festival at Café Roulette offers the option of creating your very own custom-made dish.

PASTA POWER: A choice of pastas and sauces.Photo: K. Ramesh Babu

THOSE WHO feel that pasta begins and ends with lasagne and spaghetti bolognaise, should head straight for the pasta festival at Café Roulette for a creative experience. "We originally thought of pre-plated dishes," says Madhav Koneru, proprietor of Café Roulette.

"But then we thought it would be better to offer our customer the choice of pasta and sauce. They can choose the pasta, the sauce and the meat, fish or vegetable to go with. As of now people know of lasagne and spaghetti, we thought this festival would be an ideal way to create awareness of different kinds of pastas available."

So you could choose from pastas like fettuccine, the butterfly-shaped farfalle, the pipe-shaped penne or the more familiar spaghetti, macaroni and lasagne. And team it with sauces like Alla Napoletana (tomato and oregano sauce topped with olives) or Alla Al Cotro Formaggi (Béchamel sauce seasoned with basil, topped with cheese cubes).

"It is like ordering rice with a side dish," Madhav explains. "A bowl of pasta, a sauce and a meat/ fish/ vegetables dish could be shared by two people and work out to anything between Rs 240 and Rs 350. We do suggest which sauce would go well with which pasta like fettuccine does not go well with tomato-based sauces."

Madhav recommends, "Penne with Alla Newburg (creamy base of tomato and paprika sauce with sautéed mushrooms) and lamb." Another innovation at the festival is the "Pastazza, which is a regular 8" or 10" with a choice of pasta and sauce."

The introduction of the cappuccino machine means you could feel truly and completely Italian by choosing a wine to go with your meal and rounding off with a coffee.

Those who do not count calories, can go for a tiramisu, that sinfully rich dessert of soft creamy cheese, layered with biscuits soaked in coffee liqueur and topped with grated chocolate.

The chef "does only Italian and Mexican cuisine," and ingredients are procured "locally as well as are imported." So the next time you develop a Garfield-like craving for lasagne and more, just call 3400201. The festival is on till April 30.


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