Real, homemade spaghetti sauce from Casa Rugantino, a classic Italian restaurant. A Kitchener tradition!When I first started going it was a small 10 table restaurant with posters of ‘home’ adorning the walls. Mamma was in the kitchen and her two daughters worked the front of the house.
I usually had a dilemma because after I tried several dishes I could never decide. Their Eggplant Parmigiana was the first that I had tried and that became my lunch staple.
The Chicken Rusticana was to die for as well. My husband hands down ordered the Spaghetti and Meatballs every time.
Anyone who worked at Mutual Life/Clarica/Sun Life will remember those dishes as well as the $5 panzerotti very well!
Imagine my delight when a girlfriend said one day she had the recipe from the restaurant! Many years ago she had asked for it and they gave her a typed out copy!
Now the restaurant has expanded and gone upscale but the food is still just as good. For anyone in the Kitchener Waterloo area you can check it out here http://casarugantino.ca/.
If you are not in the vicinity you can get it on the action anyway with their Spaghetti Sauce recipe below!
It only takes about 15 minutes to put this together but it needs to simmer for an hour. Believe me… it is worth it!
It also freezes well so you can make a big batch to have on hand.
If you want meatballs check out these from ‘The Best Ever Spaghetti & Meatballs’! No kidding….
You have to go Italian to honor this dish!
A Ripasso would be nice and rich and fruity with this.
Or how about a Chianti?
Or a Nobile di Montepulciano, another Sangiovese based blend.