Orecchiette Panorama

In 1967, Master Chef Carlo Sena came to the United States from Napoli, Italy. He brought his wife and eldest son Luca and together they began a new life in Philadelphia. In 1976, Chef Carlo and Luca Sena started the acclaimed fine dining restaurant La Famiglia on South Front Street in Philly, which is now owned and operated by Luca’s brothers Gino and Guiseppe. Luca presently owns Panorama restaurant adjacent to the renowned Penn’s View Hotel, continuing the family’s hospitality heritage in the former American capital city.

Below is one of the family’s much-loved recipes, for Orecchiette Panorama, from their cookbook.

3 Tbsp olive oil
Pinch of red pepper flakes
½ Tbsp chopped garlic
1 ½ Tbsp chopped parsley
1 lb Orecchiette pasta
2 lbs diced calamari
1 lb shelled rock shrimp
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
¾ cup tomato sauce
2 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper

In a large pot, heat olive oil. Add garlic, red pepper flakes and parsley. Sauté for a minute until aromatic. Add the calamari and lower the heat down to medium low. Simmer calamari until opaque, about 5 minutes. Add rock shrimp and simmer for an additional 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil and cook one pound of the orecchiette pasta for 8 to 10 minutes. When the pasta is cooked, add the calamari and shrimp. Add the butter, cheese and tomato sauce. Toss well and serve.

Serves 8

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