Mezzatorre Hotel's Bucatini allo Scarpariello pasta or “Shoemakers” pasta was one of our favorite dishes at the Mezzatorre Hotel in Ischia. We’ve been craving it all summer. It’s a simple pasta in a cheesy cherry tomato sauce.
Thankfully, they sent us the recipe from Chef Giuseppe D’Abundo so we could curb our craving and make it at home. We’re always impressed by how some of the most simple Italian dishes can be the most satisfying, and this was no exception.
To give you some background, this cheesy pasta sauce originated in Naples, and was a way to use the extra tomato sauce from a traditional Neapolitan ragu. Once they ate the meat from the Sunday ragu, resourceful home cooks would add copious amounts of cheese to bulk up the remaining tomato sauce.