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Pasta Aglio e Olio

AGLIO E OLIO (“garlic and oil” in Italian) are ingredients found in every Italian American home cook’s pantry. Pasta aglio e olio is a famous pasta dish from Naples composed of these ingredients and not much else, save for perhaps a bit of red chile and some parsley.

The folklore behind this dish ranges from the mythical to the more plausible. It has been said that Ferdinand IV of Bourbon ordered the invention of the fork with (“spaghetti with clams”—the clams have “escaped”).

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