The great thing about Italian food is its simplicity. When it’s done well, Italian food highlights the delicate nature of the pasta, the sweetness of the tomatoes and the subtle aromas of the herbs.
For Lidia Molinara, owner of Lidia’s Pharmacy, no one does it as well as Allegro. There are two Allegro locations in the city, but the Crestwood spot is the original.
“I really enjoy the home-made lasagna at Allegro at Crestwood. The Caesar salad is also very, very good! He [co-owner, Rico Ferri] has his own secret dressing.”
The thing about the lasagna is that it’s not a menu staple. You may need to check when it’s going to be one of the specials. But Molinara says it’s worth staking out the restaurant in order to get the layers of pasta, sauce and cheese.
“The lasagna is not on the menu all the time, but when Rico offers it, let’s just say its authentic Italian and delicious. The lasagna sheets are homemade and the pasta melts in your mouth. But the key to great Italian food lies in the tomato sauce, and Rico makes great sauce. Let’s just say my Italian mother even enjoys eating there and that says a lot!”
And while it may be a little bit ironic that a healthcare practitioner recommends a dish that has layers of cheese, remember that good food is good for the soul. And we all could use a delicious mental health break, right?
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