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Regional Eats: Taverna Rossa delivers fresh Mediterranean cuisine to Saugatuck

SAUGATUCK, MI — At Taverna Rossa in Saugatuck, diners can find flavors from throughout the Mediterranean.

There is pasta from Italy, steak frites from France, lamb paidakia from Greece, scallops Barcelona from Spain, and extra. The plan, states operator and chef Chris Perkey, was to broaden the public’s check out of what Mediterranean foods can be.

So frequently, when people believe of food items from the area, they visualize humus and falafel. But there is so considerably much more than that, he states.

“I definitely needed to remind folks that all these excellent nations are on the Mediterranean also, like Greece, Spain, France, Italy,” reported Perkey, who also owns Osteria Rossa in Grand Rapids. “Those are Mediterranean places, and we really preferred to emphasize some of the things from Sardinia, and the islands that are in the Mediterranean.”

The most well-liked dishes at Taverna Rossa, 129 Griffith St., is Rigatoni Bolognese. It functions rigatoni noodles, and Bolognese sauce created from pulled pork shoulder, Italian sausage, bacon, san Marzano tomatoes, garlic, onions and peas. It’s then topped with parmesan cheese and a little cream. The dish costs $24.

“It’s like the very best pasta they’ve ever experienced,” Perkey said, describing the opinions he’s gotten from consumers. “It’s not like American Bolognese in which it is ground beef with tomatoes.”

Perkey said the dish has a large amount of diverse textures with the “smokiness of the bacon,” as very well as the pulled pork and the Italian sausage. “There’s just a whole lot of flavors heading on, and a large amount of textures heading on,” he claimed. “I feel that is what seriously draws persons to the dish.”

An additional well known dish, Shrimp Youvetsi, has Greek origins.

For that dish, shrimp are sauteed with onions and Calabrian chilis, and then white wine and san Marzano tomato sauce is added. Then, the shrimp is tossed with orzo pasta, and green beans are added. That is put on a plate and topped with crumbled feta cheese.

The cafe also has appetizers.

Calamari is a popular one particular, Perkey claimed.

The dish is composed of calamari tied into rings and tossed in gluten absolutely free flower. Then, they are fried up for just about 10 seconds. After which, they are sauteed briefly with garlic and pepperoncini peppers. Which is then combined with a minimal lemon juice and arugula.

“It’s the ideal calamari I have ever had,” he mentioned.

Taverna is open up from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. from Tuesday as a result of Saturday. Its menu can be witnessed right here, and the cafe can be achieved by cellular phone at (269) 455-5725.

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