Innovator: Executive Chef Robert Perez, Pasta Pomodoro


Pasta Pomodoro’sPenne Portobello is a menu mainstay, approaching a decade as one of the most popular items on the 20-unit chain’s menu. It also happens to be one of the best pairings with Barilla Whole Grain pasta, as Executive Chef Robert Perez explains:

“It’s a rich, mushroom-forward dish, with porcini broth, Italian sausage, grilled chicken, portobellos, and a bit of cream. The Barilla Whole Grain adds a nice textural element with a bite that you don’t always get with lesser-quality whole wheat pastas. The flavor also brings out the best of the grilled smokiness of the chicken and the intensity of the mushroom flavors.”