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Finally Some Good Italian Food [Mar. 23rd, 2009|11:08 am]
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 While we were in Buda this past weekend, I got a recommendation for a local TexMex place from a clerk at Walmart. It was in downtown Buda which is on Main Street, a couple of miles west of the Interstate. When I got there I found out that pretty much everything they served had some form of meat in it, so I drove a couple of blocks back to Nonna Gina's Italian Restaurant which looked promising. Outside of pizza, there weren't many vegetarian choices on the menu, but there was a pasta dish that sounded like it might be good, so I ordered it along with some fried mozzarella balls. When I asked the waitress about the fried mozzarella, she told me that they imported the cheese from Italy and that the dish came with marinara sauce. It seemed likely that I would end up with round versions of the gummy fried string cheese that I don't like. But since G likes gummy fried string cheese, the risk was minimal. I got my food to go and the smell from the bag was so good that it drove us crazy all the way back to the trailer.

And the food was delicious. They forgot the marinara sauce for the mozzarella balls, but the balls were fantastic without it. The bread crumb coating on the outside was tasty, and the cheese inside was perfect. It wasn't cooked and gummy, it was so fresh that a tasty bit of water would squish out of each piece as I bit into it. And the sauce on my spaghetti was so good I could have eaten three helpings.

We may have to go to the trailer place on Saturday. If we do, I hope we'll have time to get lunch at Nonna Gina's.

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[User Picture]From: curculio
2009-03-25 10:35 am (UTC)

Buda nature

I am getting hungry just thinking about Nonna Gina. Nonna I just googled is an Italian grandmother. An American grandmother, I guess would be an Amerinonna. I will have to order Nonna's fairy pasta.
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From: thomas144
2009-04-05 10:50 am (UTC)

you mean they fried imported mozzarella?

fresh, imported mozzarella is very expensive and a delicacy (even the stuff they sell at Costco). are you saying that they fried it? what was the mozzarella coated in?
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2009-04-05 12:57 pm (UTC)

Re: you mean they fried imported mozzarella?

I don't know that it was imported, but the waitress said it was. There is excellent fresh mozzarella available in the US, so importing it seemed excessive.

I do know that it was very good fresh mozzarella and the result was fantastic. The outer coating was flavored breadcrumbs. I'm guessing they dipped the cheese in egg or milk first, rolled it in the breadcrumbs and then dropped it into very hot fat.

The end result was a tasty outer layer of fried breadcrumbs with a core of cheese that was so fresh there was a drop of creamy mozzarella liquid in each bite. It was wonderful.
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