This dish was created by Guiliano Gargani for his restaurant, Garga, in Florence Italy. In one of my recent blogs about our trip to Italy I mentioned Sharon Gargani's cookbook called Once Upon a Tuscan Table.
She writes the following about this recipe in her book:
The inspiration for this pasta came from a simple citrus cake eaten during Carneval - the season between Epiphany and Ash Wednesday. During the Renaissance, citrus fruits were a status symbol in Florence: the climate being too cold to grow oranges and lemons outdoors in winter, a greenhouse or limonaia (an orangerie in France) was required. Naturally, only the wealthy had such accommodations. We named the pasta 'Magnifico' after Lorenzo il Magnifico.
Lorenzo il Magnifico
Here's the delicious pasta recipe that FHFB and I made during our class.
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Below, you can see that I am beginning to make the pasta dough. This is a basic recipe for homemade pasta dough - it's included in the first part of the Taglierini del Magnifico recipe.
I've made pasta dough like this before, after watching FHFB's mother and sisters make in on their kitchen table in New Brunswick, NJ. Watching them begin to make the pasta with a well of luscious light yellow semolina flour with eggs cracked into the middle (one egg per person) was always one of those mysterious Italian skills that I never thought I'd be able to do.
Sharon showed us how to beat the eggs with a fork while gathering in the flour along the sides of the well, until all of it was incorporated.
You can see the stainless pasta machine clamped to the side of the work table above. This is a very basic and easy pasta machine to work with, and it has different settings for flattening the pasta dough and then cutting it into the desired size (such as spaghetti, linguine, fettucine or taglierini).
After we flattened the dough and rolled it through the pasta machine, this is what it looked like.
Isn't this a cool looking pasta dryer??
I think that I was just sitting there(and drinking that delicious white wine it appears!) admiring all of our hard work. Sharon looks busy in the background, doesn't she??
The sauce was made separately in a large pan on the stove by FHFB.
Sharon has a mirror placed directly behind the stovetop. She uses this to show specific techniques to larger groups of clients