100 Favorite Dishes: Pasta puttanesca from Sketch
No. 45: Pasta puttanesca from Sketch
Just a few months ago, Brian Laird, the former longtime executive chef of Barolo Grill, was flipping burgers at Rockbar, and the introduction of those burgers, for whatever weird reason, caused a major uproar with Rockbar die-hards whose chagrin was more than palpable. "We can get burgers anywhere! We cannot shamelessly dance our faces off anywhere else. DON'T DO THIS!," screeched one Cafe Society commenter. Blah, blah, blah. In any case, Laird has since moved on to Sketch, the wine, charcuterie -- and now -- pasta bar in Baker that's owned by Jesse Morreale, who also oversees Rockbar. And here, Laird has returned to his roots, turning out bowls of majestic housemade pastas, including his pasta puttanesca, which, if you didn't already know, was allegedly invented -- and made -- by prostitutes, who relied on the sauce's come hither perfume to lure customers. But when you order Laird's puttanesca, you're getting a lot more than that: His textured, chunky sauce, flecked with red chile flakes, tangled with capers and olives and scented with garlic and a whisper of anchovies, is better than most sex.
Hungry for more? All the dishes in our countdown are linked below:
No. 94: Seafood soup from Farro
No. 73: Gumbo from Bistro One
No. 69: Mais pizza from Pizzeria Locale
No. 66: Sea scallop and rock shrimp noodle bowl from Bones
In late 2009, we embarked on a culinary journey that took us through our favorite dishes in the Mile High City -- one hundred, to be exact. Now we're back with round two, counting down (in no particular order) a hundred more of our favorite Denver dishes in a list that, by our imperfect calculations, should be wrapped up...before Best of Denver® 2012. If there's a dish you think we need to try, tell us about it in the comments section below, or shoot us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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