The dining options in NYC are endless, but when a restaurant has a delicious menu, rotating specials and is reasonably priced...I'm there (and I usually keep coming back)! A hidden gem in the midst of the Financial District, Da Claudio offers traditional northern Italian cuisine with a modern contemporary flair. The menu offerings include seasonal specialties, homemade pasta, and handcrafted cocktails, so it is no wonder this restaurant became an instant favorite of mine. I wanted to keep this place all to myself, but with food this good, it was only right for me to share Da Claudio with all of you.
Finding healthy ways to make Italian food can be challenging. With all the carbs, cheese and heavy meat sauces you may find yourself feeling guilty after a meal. I recently swapped out my regular pasta and tried Modern Table Meals. This brand of healthy pastas are a delicious alternative to the traditional Italian variety. Made with bean and lentils, these pastas have 14g of protein and 5g of fiber without compromising any flavor. The pastas are also gluten, dairy, and soy free. They’re non-GMO Project verified and made without artificial colors or preservatives. Using 2 of their varieties, I made a yummy Turkey Sausage Marinara Penne and a Walnut Basil & Parsley Rotini. See Recipe for these tasty sauces below!
New York is know for its delicious brick oven pizza and I have to say that it is some of the best in the country. Every once and a while though, I like to mix things up a bit and make pizza at home. Considering that I am not Italian, and I do not have the time nor interest in making everything from scratch, I take some well crafted short cuts for my freshly homemade pizza. Here are my tips for turning your kitchen into a pizzeria without all the effort!
I truly love Kale! I can eat it all day long, so why not feature it as the star of my morning meal. For this breakfast I decided to step out of the traditional box with Lacinato kale salad tossed in a delicious lemon and caper vinaigrette with some poached eggs and crispy pancetta. It was so yummy and I am sure you will love it too.