The Pastas

Night On The Town

Night On The Town
Five Cheese Marinara ensconced by a lump of Spaghetti, gently sprinkled with Shrimp Fritta
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Some foods seem to be designed exclusively for consumption during an inebriated state: frozen pizza, poutine, the entirety of the Taco Bell menu. I would like to suggest that society adds "anything with 5 Cheese Marinara" to that list.

Pictured here is Night On The Town, though I don't know how many people typically get wasted and say "let's hit up that OG, SON! WOOOOOO!"

Gas Station Special

Gas Station Special
Chicken Fritta swathed in a deep well of Angel Hair, sauced with Five Cheese Marinara
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Something about fried chicken mixed with orange cheese goo brings to mind the ubiquitious roller grill stationed in every mid-size gas station. Most usually feature a nacho "cheese" dispenser that is used to cover any product that isn't palatable alone (all of them).

Pictured here is Gas Station Special, 2 for $2, or 1 for $1.69.

Tasticles

Tasticles
Spicy Three Meat Sauce swaddled in a baseless basin of Spaghetti, covered in Shrimp Fritta
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Shrimp Fritta always remind me of the Futurama episode where the crew discovers a planet full of delicious, crunchy snacks that turn out to be the larval form of a hideous alien race. This dish is tasty, right? I call it Tasticles.

Pictured here is Tasticles, and it is indeed genocidally tasty.

Asian Buffet

Asian Buffet
Meatballs balanced with Fettuccine, covered in Marinara
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God knows why, but sometimes, if you're very lucky, an asian buffet will contain some non-asian food. The asian take on international food is usually strange and always improperly seasoned. I guess I can't blame them - I wouldn't have the slightest clue as to how much Shaoxing wine one should add to General Tso's Chicken - but Olive Garden really has no excuse for what they served me today.

Pictured here is Asian Buffet, and seriously, tell me that's not plain tomato sauce.

Juliet

Juliet
Shrimp Fritta enveloped by a pile of Fettuccine, woven into Roasted Mushroom Alfredo
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Some relationships are doomed from the start, much like the relationship between Shrimp and Roasted Mushrooms. Perhaps these star-crossed ingredients were never meant to marry, but the tragedy of never having tried is greater than that of failure. For a brave, ill-fated tryst that could never have worked but dared anyway, I have no choice but to award five stars.

Pictured here is Juliet - what light through yonder fritta breaks?

Ophelia

Ophelia
Chicken Fritta refreshingly coated in Roasted Mushroom Alfredo, put upon a agglutination of Fettuccine
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Madness is the greatest terror of the civilized mind, and the rotting away of our sensibility is assured if we live long enough to see it happen. Yet only madness can explain the existence of this dish; breaded chicken simply cannot be well-paired with a non-tomato-based sauce.

Pictured here is Ophelia - and you can see on the right that there is a chicken fritta grows aslant the bowl.

Imogen

Imogen
Italian Sausage covered in Spicy Three Meat Sauce, seamlessly set upon a bottomless bowl of Fettuccine
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Like most people, I've never actually read Cymbeline. I just picked this name because I wanted to make a pun about how Imogen really "Heap"-ed on the italian sausage in this bowl. Get it? Like the band? With that one song?

Pictured here is Imogen - come on, you know that song! It was, like, super popular in 2009 or so.

Katherina

Katherina
Meatballs blissfully smeared with Five Cheese Marinara, sensuously balanced with Fettuccine
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Those of you who recall The Taming of the Shrew will remember that the titular "shrew" was a woman who was transformed from an unlikable harpy to a simpering child thanks to the manipulation of a clever man. This dish is the "before" half of Katherina.

Pictured here is Katherina - vail your stomachs.

Despair

Despair
Shrimp Fritta refreshingly showered in Spicy Three Meat Sauce, mixed with Whole Wheat Linguine
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A good bowl of pasta is like a good book - you often will learn as much about yourself as you will the author. Despair is a great example of this - the shrimp plump in your stomach to give you an unnerving sense of being physically full, but emotionally empty, while the spicy three meat sauce causes your eyes to water a little bit. Yeah, that's just the sauce. It's really spicy.

Pictured here is Despair.

Solitaire

Solitaire
Shrimp Fritta drenched in Alfredo, hidden in a lump of Whole Wheat Linguine
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Shrimp, like all ocean bottom-feeders, are communal in nature, yet they all fall prey to the mighty shark. So, really, if you think about it, the shark, even though he lives alone, wins in the end. The shrimp's friends can't save him when the shark comes by. The shark eats them all, every time.

Pictured here is Solitaire.

Regret

Regret
Chicken Fritta sauced with Roasted Mushroom Alfredo, skillfully put upon a deep well of Cavatappi
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Roasted mushroom sauce and breaded chicken is not a very good combo. I regret it.

Pictured here is Regret.

Mortality

Mortality
Angel Hair tossed with Spicy Three Meat Sauce, flawlessly fused with Chicken Fritta
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In theory, all meat-based dishes in the bowl should be a constant reminder of the fragility of life. One minute, you're living high on the hog - or you are a hog - and the next, you're part of some middle manager's second bowl of noodles and ground-up chunks of your carcass. He doesn't even finish you. The busboy scrapes your remains into a giant bucket without a thought, and your earthly form returns from whence it came - the padlocked dumpster behind the Olive Garden.

Pictured here is Mortality.

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