Livello Uno's Head Chef Mashad Pino has created 3 flavours of jarred pasta sauces - Classic Tomato, Arrabiata and Puttanesca. Today we tested the Original and Puttanesca sauces and the verdict is....
Leave the Canolli, take the pasta sauce!
Fans of Livello Uno! Did you know that Chef Mashad has produced his own range of jarred pasta sauces and I got all 3 to give it a taste test! But before I start, a quick intro for newbies – Chef Mashad Pino is the head chef of Livello Uno Restaurant located at Jalan Aminuddin Baki, TTDI. If you have yet to try the food, I say gather a bunch of your mates and go enjoy a meal there.
The Classic Tomato is the base for all sauces and it is made of imported Italian plum tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, Himalayan salt and onions. And amazingly, no garlic!
Truthfully, hand on my knife set, it is one of the simplest, nicest jarred pasta sauces I have ever tasted. Result! Personally I am not a big fan of store bought pasta sauces. Don’t get me wrong, there are some decent ones out there but mostly are either too sour, too sweet or it has that factory-y taste to it. You guys get I’m trying to say?? But this Classic Tomato is different.
Chef Mashad said it took him about 3 months to get the Original Sauce right. A pat on your back Chef! It is good! The taste is subtle yet versatile, like real tomatoes and not that acidic-metallic taste some sauces have. You can create any pasta dish from using the Classic Tomato as a base. A few examples non- pasta dishes you can create is - tomato soup, Nasi Tomato, stews and even Ayam Masak Merah!
Since the Classic Tomato was good on its own, I decided to make a chilled Mediterranean Pasta Salad. The recipe is simple. Just a combination of grilled medley of vegetables, pasta, good oil, fresh herbs, basic seasoning and all bound together with a jar of Classic Tomato Sauce. I didn’t even heat up the sauce, just dunked everything in and mix. Get the recipe .
Since I love pasta salads, it was a real simple treat for me. I could munch on it all day. The simple and honest taste of the Classic Tomato worked a treat in binding the flavours together. Plus, it is vegetarian too. But for them carnivores, you could throw in some cold cuts into the salad, grilled cocktail saussages, or some chunks of smoked duck breast with the skin rendered down.
We also tried the Puttanesca Sauce and made them with meatballs. Recipe here.
This is our favourite of the sauces. The addition of olives, capers and anchovies in the standard sauce really gives an ummph to it. There's more flavour in this jar compared to the other two and it hardly needs any seasoning at all. It's simply a pour and cook sauce- great for lazy people.
For a bit of fun we might make an Ayam Masak Merah with the Arrabiata Sauce (although it would be an 'atas' version).
Where can you get a jar, or two, of Chef Mashad’s Classic Tomato you ask? Well, you can get them at Livello Uno Restaurant or at Plaza Sri Hartamas (a small booth opposite Coffee Bean to be exact). Currently there is a mini gastronomic fair called The Malaysian Epicure. It features locally made products by various local entrepreneurs. I say go have a look-see. Support our local community! #supportlocal