Nonni's Corner Trattoria

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Wednesday-Thursday 11am-8pm

Friday & Saturday 11am-9pm

Closed Sunday-Tuesday

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Serving outstanding southern Italian cuisine in an elegant atmosphere.  Enjoy family's cuisine, our house-made pastas, delectable desserts, and a fine selection of wines, beers, and spirits.

Take home own pastas by the pound and our wonderful sauces by the quart.

We feature a delicious Charcuterie straight from the Pittsburgh Strip!

Located in the heart of Downtown Grove City, Pa.  Come Dine with Nonni Today!

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Pumpkin Cream Soup from a Gorgeous Gourd

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If it's autumn, it's time for pumpkin!  And our pumpkin cream soup says it loud and clear.  Although not a “traditional” Italian dish, our guests enjoy our homemade soups quite a bit. Topping this hot soup with a dollop of freshly whipped cream is a terrific accent.

 

 

Ingredients

 

24 oz canned pumpkin (substitute 8 cups of fresh cooked pumpkin when possible)

 

½ quart butter milk

 

2 cups whipping cream

 

1 cup 2% milk

 

1 cup chopped onions

 

1/8 cup chopped garlic

 

2 1/2 oz sweet Sherry

 

Salt to taste

 

Pinch of finely ground black pepper

 

2 tsp of cinnamon

 

1 tsp of cyan pepper

 

½ stick of salted butter

 

2 Tbs of cooking oil

 

1 cup heavy whipping cream

 

Tools

Food processor or blender

 

 

 

In a medium sauce pan place the butter and oil on medium heat.  Wait until the butter melts and add onions, garlic and black pepper.  Sauté until the onions are translucent.  Add liquor to onions and garlic on low heat.  Stir to combine.

 

 

In a large sauce pan add the pumpkin, cinnamon, cyan pepper and buttermilk on medium heat.  Stir to combine.  Once the onion mixture reduces, add 1 cup of cream and ½ cup milk. Stir to combine and cook on lowest setting.  Add the rest of the milk and cream to the pumpkin mixture.  Stir to combine.  Add the onion mixture to the pumpkin mixture.  Stir to combine.  Add salt to taste.  Bring to a simmer.

 

 

Add soup to food processor or blender 2-3 cups at a time.  Blend until smooth and creamy.  Move blended soup to holding bowl until all the remaining mixture has been blended.  Return blended soup to large sauce pan.  Bring to simmer and cook for 5 more minutes. The soup should be creamy and rich, but not too thick. 

 

Whip cream to thick peaks. Serve the soup hot and add a tsp. of whipped cream to the center of each bowl just prior to serving.  Serve quickly to avoid having the whipped cream melt. Serves 4-6.

 

 

Note:  If fresh pumpkin is used, you may have to reduce the amount of cream and Buttermilk.  This will depend on how much water content the fresh pumpkin has.

 

 (Our recipe was also published in Views and Voices in 2012.)

 

Our Take on Tasty Tagliatelle

Is there anything like fresh pasta for providing a wonderful pallet for a delicious sauce?  And nothing gives you a workout like kneading pasta from scratch.  Although it requires a little extra, effort it’s worth the reward!  We hope you enjoy our method for making fresh pasta (tagliatelle) that we offer as a special at Nonni's Corner Trattoria.  Our recipe was also published in Views and Voices.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

 

2.2 lbs all purpose flour sifted

 

2-3 cups additional flour set aside for use while kneading

 

1 dzn large eggs

 

4-5 tbs extra virgin olive oil

 

1 tsp salt

 

4 tbs coarsely ground fresh black pepper or red pepper flakes (optional)

 

Tools

Long metal spatula or dough scraper

 

Pasta rolling machine with cutter attachment

 

Rolling pin

 

A fork

 

On a clean, large, smooth working surface, sift 2.2 lbs into large “mountain.”  Using a circular motion with your hand, create a crater in the middle of the mountain wide enough and with high walls to hold all of the eggs.  Crack a dozen eggs into a separate container and remove any egg shell pieces that might accidentally fall in.  Pour eggs into the “crater” you formed.

Using a simple fork, break all the yokes and start to whisk.  Begin incorporating small amounts of flour at a time.  While whisking add in extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper if you like.  Continue whisking and incorporating flour being careful to maintain your crater walls until the mixture becomes think enough to control.

As the mixture approaches the consistency of a thin dough, use the long metal spatula to fold in remaining flour from your “mountain.”  Use the spatula to scrape the mixture from your work surface and continue folding flour and loose dough mixture onto itself until all flour is worked in.

Begin kneading the pasta dough by stretching the dough in one direction and then kneading it back onto itself. Then turn the dough one quarter turn and stretch and knead again.  Use the extra 2-3 cups of flour set aside to keep your work surface well floured throughout the kneading process. Continue stretching and kneading for at least 10-15 minutes until the dough has an elastic and smooth texture.

Roll dough into a ball, cover with cellophane and let it set up in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.  While your dough is resting, set up you pasta machine by firmly clamping the it to your work surface.  Cut off a small piece of dough to begin rolling.  Roll dough into a rectangular shape no wider than the mouth of your pasta machine and about 1/4 inch thick.  Keep your dough well floured.

Starting with the thickest setting, roll your dough through your machine.  Flouring your dough as needed to avoid it sticking in your machine’s rollers.  Continue rolling the dough through the machine using smaller settings until you’ve reached the smallest one.

Now attach the pasta cutting attachment.  Flour the rolled dough and crank it through the cutting attachment using the cutting size of your preference.  If you don’t have a pasta cutting attachment, dust your pasta sheet and gently fold it onto itself several times and then cut into thin strips.  Dust cut pasta with flour and gently wind into small nests.

To cook your fresh pasta, salt a large pot of water and bring it to a rolling boil.  Salted water should take like the sea.  Drop pasta into boiling water for 2-3 minutes until cooked. Pasta can overcook quickly and should be firm to the tooth or “al dente.”

Drain well in a colander, plate and cover with your favorite sauce.  Serves 4-6.

Contact Us

724.264.4337

nonni@nonniscorner.com

 

Nonni's Corner Trattoria

251 S. Broad St. 

DOWNTOWN

Grove City, Pa.  16127

DINING HOURS

Wednesday & Thursday

11am-8pm

Friday & Saturday

11am-9pm

Sunday-Tuesday

Closed

Reservations Suggested

CALL US FOR CATERING AND PRIVATE PARTIES