Pasta with Pancetta, Shallots and Sage
La matricia, Salvatore Denaro claims, is Tuscan for "paunch" or "belly"--pancetta, in short, which plays an important role in this pasta sauce. Not to be confused with pasta all'ama-triciana, a tomato-and-guanciale dish from the region of Lazio, Denaro's creation, which he calls La Matricianina, is entirely original, made with plenty of shallots and sage. It's wonderful served over spaghetti, or better yet, over short, stubby rigatoni.
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