HOW do you know that the Italian pasta you are eating is genuinely Italian? With the emergence of thousands of restaurants in the world advertising Italian cuisine in their menu even without using Italian ingredients or preparing a certain dish the traditional Italian way, Hyatt Regency Saipan is inviting the community to get a real taste of authentic Italian cuisine.
In observance of the International Day of Italian Cuisine which is being celebrated by over 1,700 Virtual Group of Italian Chefs in over 70 countries in the world of which Colombo is a member, Giovanni’s is serving spaghetti al dente with tomato sauce and fresh basil, a simple but emblematic dish starting last Friday night and all the way to January 31, 2014.
For this special celebration, I got the rare chance to watch Hyatt Regency’s executive chef Gabriele Colombo whip up a special sample of the signature pasta for the next two weeks right inside Giovanni’s kitchen.
Watching Chef Colombo at the stove from start to finish was a feast to the eyes and the senses. I watched him through my camera lenses as he tossed the spaghetti, arranged them on warmed plates, and until when he sprinkled fresh basil leaves from the Hyatt gardens and finally grated a bit of cheese on top of the pasta.
Colombo said the authentic spaghetti al dente doesn’t have any meat but you won’t even know it. Cheese is not also included in the original recipe but some Italian families use it.
The spaghetti plates were served to our table a few minutes away, and it was hard to wait till we took photos of it before we dug into it. The spaghetti was a bit crispy, and the flavors of tomatoes and fresh basil blending well into the pasta.
We also shared a plate of Caesar salad and tasty bread sticks, as well as dishes from Giovanni’s regular menu—roasted Australian rack of lamb in thyme crust, artichoke and kalamata olives ragout. I split half of an order of medium rare Certified Angus Beef sirloin steak with Hyatt’s Luis Villagomez, knowing I could never finish one by myself.
Check out Giovanni’s selection of the finest Italian cuisine including grilled Certified Angus Beef rib eye steak, the hotel’s popular whole baked Maine lobster, veal tenderloin escalope, and baked Onaga red snapper; and Giovanni’s genuine Italian pasta selections, appetizers and soups, and a good selection of pizza.
Enjoy the soft, cozy ambiance of Giovanni’s Restaurant with its subdued lighting and glass walls that offer a spectacular view of the landscaped ponds and gardens outside. It’s one place you want to linger after dinner and relax.
We declined dessert but ordered a cup of the hotel’s famous Macchiato coffee. Don’t miss out on the remaining days and try authentic Italian spaghetti al dente with fresh tomatoes and basil only at Giovanni’s and learn to distinguish authentic from the counterfeit so the next time you go out to eat at restaurants labeled as Italian, you will know if you are being given the real thing or not.
For more information about itchefs-GVCI, visit www.itchefs-gvci.com.
Spaghetti al dente and other authentic Italian cuisine is available for dinner from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Giovanni’s Italian Restaurant. For inquiries or reservations, please call the Hyatt at 234-1234.