The name of this dish - arrabbiata - refers to the “angry” heat of the chilli-laced tomato sauce. The inclusion of beautiful, fiery Italian chilli flakes in the arrabbiata sauce distinguishes it from the other classic tomato sauces in the Italian repertoire. Indeed, verandas of homes in Lazio are adorned with beautiful hanging chillies so that, when the need for heat presents itself, an arrabbiata sauce can be conjured up at short notice.
And while the sauce’s true origins are blurred, the fiery arrabbiata is now so synonymous with Lazio that it has even been honoured in film, by the way of Federico Fellini's ‘Roma’ - thereby evidencing the kinship between Romans of past and present, and their formidable arrabbiata.
The vibrant tomatoes in this sauce are rich in antioxidants, beta-carotene, mineral manganese and vitamin C, and are a great source of potassium. The fiery chillies are known to stimulate the metabolism, due to the presence of capsaicin (the ingredient responsible for the chilli's signature spice). Furthermore, chillies are also rich in Vitamins C and A, both of which are linked to a strengthened immune system.
Traditionally, in Rome, arrabbiata is served atop penne pasta. That being said, this week, we pair our rendition of the fiery sauce with ornate strands of mafalde pasta, which likewise capture the sauce with ease. Mafalde, also known as “reginette” (Italian for “little queens”) are an alluring, ribbon-shaped pasta with beautiful wavy edges and a striking appearance. In 1995, the Italian government commemorated the Princess Mafalda of Savoy with a limited edition stamp. Princess Mafalda died during the Second World War, whilst detained in a German concentration camp. The mafalde pasta is said to evoke the princess’ curls.
In line with tradition, we steer clear of cheese when garnishing this dish - Romans regard this is an aberration, as the cheese mellows the signature heat of arrabbiata. Instead, we adorn our dish with a sprinkling of pangrattato, meaning ‘breadcrumbs’, for a delightful crunch, without tempering the feisty sauce.
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