Hey there foodies! I’m back!!!! Wooooh! Promising this winter break will be filled with LOTS of yumminess! First stop: PASTA.

Nizza is a wonderful little Italian restaurant which I found on–you guessed it– Instagram. When we sat down, I was telling Jenna, my foodie companion for the evening, about how I’d seen Nizza on some popular food Insta’s lately, and the manager happened to overhear this, so he brought out a special appetizer for us on the house! Definitely a good start. Perky(s of being a) Foodie, am I right?!

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These bright green gems are shishito peppers drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with grated Parmesan cheese! I actually don’t usually like peppers unless they’re chopped small to add flavor and spice, but shishitos are an exception for me for some reason. I think it’s because they have a mild, smoky flavor, and once in a while, you get one with a little bit of heat!

For my entreé, I fully anticipated ordering the Pappardelle with basil pesto, crescenza cheese, and cream, but when I heard that the special was Puttanesca, I switched over because Puttanesca is one of my all-time favorite dishes! I’ll definitely have to come back for the Pappardelle though!

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Linguini was tossed with tangy green olives and salty kalamatas, capers, and anchovies, and smothered in a house made marinara sauce that had a bit of a kick from some Calabrian chiles. It was wonderful. Garlicky and warm and bold and savory. While I still maintain that my mom makes the best Puttanesca EVER (hers is cooked on low heat for hours with mammoth amounts of garlic), Nizza’s was a close second! I loved it.

I’d totally recommend Nizza for a pre-show dinner, not only because of the amazing food, but also because it’s in a super convenient area, and it’s not ridiculously expensive OR ridiculously touristy, which are factors that are seeming more and more difficult to come by every time I’m in the city!

But, let me be real for a moment. Did I want to go to Nizza because everything on the menu looked superb? Yes. Did I want to go to Nizza because it’s one of the very few nice restaurants in the city that offers all their pastas for under $20? Yes. But what was the main reason I wanted to go to Nizza, you ask? I wanted to perfect my pasta pull.

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It’s that thing that people are doing on every Instagram post lately… where they gently twirl the pasta and let it waterfall down from their fork… in a way that provokes a speechlessness which can only result in the use of several heart-eye emojis… What can I say– I’m a sucker for a food trend. Thanks to Jenna for not rolling her eyes at me even once and going so far as to hold the fork for me while I twirled! Definitely didn’t master it yet, but I guess that means I have to eat loads more pasta until I do, right???

Enjoy! 🙂 Love, The Perky Foodie

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