Bellina Allimentari’s Ragu is served with papparedelle the restaurant makes in house. Andrew Thomas Lee

This ragu recipe from Bellina Alimentari satisfies comfort food craving

I had a fantastic experience dining at Bellina Alimentari in Ponce City Market. The cuisine was some of the best Italian I have ever had, presented in such a visually beautiful way. The fusion of all the flavors was evident in everything I ate and their wine selection was equally impressive. I would love to get their recipe for ragu. Possible? Thank you for considering this request. — Cynthia Sayers, Alpharetta

This classic ragu recipe is one of the most popular items served at Bellina Allimentari. Executive Chef Brandon Hughes tells us he thinks the dish is so popular because it’s real comfort food. “The fresh pasta combined with creamy tomato and meat sauce is a perfect combination to lift your mood and satisfy comfort food cravings.”

They serve their ragu with papparedelle they make in house, but suggest tagliatelle, or another flat ribbon pasta, may be easier to find. If using fresh pasta, Hughes says this amount of ragu would be good for 1 1/2 pounds pasta. If using dried, then probably a pound would be enough. Be sure to keep some of the pasta cooking liquid to thin the ragu to the consistency you prefer.

From the menu of … Bellina Alimentari, 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-330-9933. http://bellina-alimentari.com/

Is there a recipe from a metro Atlanta restaurant you’d like to make at home? Tell us and we’ll try to get it. We’ll also test it and adapt it for the home kitchen. Because of volume, we can’t answer all inquiries. Send your request, your address and phone number to fromthemenu@gmail.com and put “From the menu of” and the name of restaurant in the subject line.

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