Miami & NYC to Host March Madness Pasta Tournament
Miami Beach’s Macchialina and its Brooklyn-based sister restaurant, The Saint Austere, will go head-to-head in a pasta-packed, March Madness-inspired tournament, MacMadness, kicking off Monday, March 12th.
The carb-fueled event will challenge both restaurants to serve two unique pastas per week, both created by Macchialina’s chef-owner, Michael Pirolo. The pasta with the most orders will advance to the next week, and the last plate standing will become a mainstay on both Macchialina’s and the Saint Austere’s menus.
“MacMadness is an ode to the two constants in my life: pasta and basketball,” Pirolo says.
Right now, the final four contending pastas for MacMadness include a tagliatelle with lamb shank ragu; butternut squash raviolini with Taleggio cheese, peppers, and sun-dried tomatoes; agnolotti dal plin, filled with roast duck leg, vin cotto, and baby spinach; and a spaghetti carbonara topped with guanciale, black pepper, and pecorino. Pastas, which average $20 to $25, are subject to change.
The two family-owned restaurants specialize in Italian cuisine with a bounty of homemade pasta varieties. The Pirolo siblings—Fabrizo, John, Jaqueline, and Michael—debuted The Saint Austere in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood in 2011. The family went on to open a more casual Italian spot, which Miami knows as Macchialina.
MacMadness will tip off Monday, March 12th, at 6pm, and the champion pasta will be announced at both restaurants on Monday, April 2nd.
Now this is a tournament we can get behind.
Original post on MiamiNewTimes.com.