Sunday, July 26, 2009

"Food Review"Johnny Carino's-Twin Falls, Idaho

Bowties!

Bowtie pasta is a delicious pasta loved by children and adults because of their scalloped edges and the pinch in the middle which resembles a bow tie. Farfalle is the Italian name for this pasta and was actually derived from the word Farfalla which means butterfly. The origination of this pasta dates back to the 1500’s and comes in several sizes and mouthwatering flavors such as plain, Tomato, and Spinach. Just as with most pasta’s, it can be extremely versatile and is commonly paired with cream or Tomato sauces. One of my favorite ways to enjoy Bowtie Pasta is chilled as a simple summer salad, tossed with a bit of Italian salad dressing, garden vegetables such as thin slices of yellow Zucchini, Tomatoes and Snap Peas and topped with freshly shaved Parmesan cheese. The best part is that one need not wear a bow tie, to eat Bowtie- pasta that is!
Places to Visit:

Johnny Carino’s Italian Restaurant
1921 Blue Lakes Blvd. North
Twin Falls, ID 83301
Take Out: (208) 734-4833

The interior décor of Johnny Carino’s is reminiscent of a country Italian villa. Warm colors and an open floor plan with views of the kitchen grill immediately causes anticipation of the meal. The wait staff is very courteous and is willing to help with any questions that you may have regarding the menu or wine-list. Your server will provide your table with a basket of warm bread and drizzles of Olive Oil, which will also go perfect with any appetizer. We started with the Baked Stuffed Mushrooms for $7.99, and they were truly outstanding. Plump Mushrooms baked with Spinach, Parmesan Cheese, Red Onions and Garlic topped with Lemon Basil Cream Sauce, Roma Tomatoes and Basil. It’s great to have the bread to mop up that yummy sauce. If planned correctly, Carino’s can be easy on the wallet. Their menu includes family platters, which they say serves 2-3; although three people at our table shared a family platter and they ended up with leftovers. Delicious leftovers it must have been, as they ordered the Grilled Chicken Bowtie pasta, which comes with Bacon, Garlic, Red Onions, Roma Tomatoes and an Asiago Cream Sauce for $24.59. On Monday nights, for dine-in only, their family platters are ½ price. Now that’s a deal! A house or Caesar Salad, or soup can be added for 99¢. I ordered the Lobster Ravioli, which was very tender and filled with Maine Lobster, Sherry and Spinach, then topped with a very light Lemon Basil Cream Sauce for $14.99. I was also able to try the Baked Cheese Tortellini which is tossed with a Creamy Meat Sauce and Ricotta Cheese and baked with Mozzarella and Parmesan. The only way I can describe them are as “little pillows of Heaven”, priced at $9.99.

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