41: Santa Lucia Pasta at Marcellino Ristorante

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Number 41: Santa Lucia pasta at Marcellino Ristorante

This happens every time.

I sit down at Marcellino, order up some wine, drool over the menu, and think I might've whittled down my choices of what to order. It's never easy.

And then, just when I think I'm on the verge of deciding, the waiter shows up with a platter of handmade pastas to show me, describing how each one will be the centerpiece of a different daily special. The pasta that always sounds irresistible is the over-the-top Santa Lucia. Yes, it's a special, but a regular one that chef Marcellino Verzino has been serving since the original days of the restaurant when it was still on Northern.

It's a heap of squid ink fettuccine tossed in lightly spicy tomato sauce, embellished with a boatload of fresh seafood -- clams, squid, mussels, and half a lobster. 

Better than sex? Almost . . .

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Location Info

Marcellino Ristorante

7114 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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