I was recently invited to a special sit-in dinner hosted by the cook of one of Philly’s most anticipated food carts: Strada Pasta.
Let me start by saying, hats off t0 Strada Pasta’s chef and owner Andrew Gerson for hooking it up for a New-Years Eve pop-up dinner at his Mt. Airy commissary.
On the menu:
Along-side various new faces and foodies alike, we enjoyed the following:
The grilled smoked mozzarella with sweet pickled onions was fantastic and a great way to start the meal. It’s amazing how a simple addition like pickled onions can enhance a dish and this was especially the case here. I wish I had more.
The home-made minted gnocci was outstanding and extremely fresh. The mint was tasty yet subtle enough to let the gnocci, which was cooked in brown butter, stand alone. Very delish.
Another home-made banger was the pappardelle noodles with an oxtail ragu. The pasta was nicely cooked and the tomato sauce was super rich and flavorful.
To complete the meal, we were served one of my favorite custard desserts – canele, which sat over a nice orange-champagne sauce and topped with pomegranate seeds. Yum.
After this fine meal, I am even more anxious for Strada Pasta to open their food cart. I’m always ready to eat some perfectly cooked pasta with fresh ingredients and bold flavors. We are definitely looking forward to see what else Andrew has up his sleeve.
While we wait for their cart to open, we highly recommend that you check the pop-up dinners by Strada Pasta by contacting them at firstname.lastname@example.org.