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Paesano’s Pleasing Portabellas

Veg'n Out

February 27, 2011

Story By: Dining Out Team |

When those hunger pangs hit, it’s hard to beat Italian food for stomach-satisfying, flavor-filled satisfaction. But those who choose not to eat meat sometimes crave something more substantial than just pasta primavera or Caesar salad — something hearty you can really sink your teeth into.

  • Owner Billy Rattanasamay with a hearty serving of Grilled Protabella Mushroom Steak ($12.90).
  • The mushroom dish makes for an excellent appetizer or entree, if you order it with linguine.
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Paesano Ristorante Italiano chef Jerry Quach has one succulent word for you: portabellas!

Those big, brown beautiful mushrooms can “beef up” any vegetarian meal, are virtually free of fat and sodium, provide essential fiber, contain no cholesterol and are naturally low in calories — and Chef Quach assures Dining Out readers that at Paesano there is more than one way to savor them.

The Grilled Portabella Mushroom Steak features a large, grilled portabella sauteed with fire-roasted red peppers, fresh asparagus, onions, garlic, capers and a splash of balsamic vinegar, then drizzled with a balsamic-ginger reduction. ($12.90). It serves as an excellent appetizer, and if you want to make it into an entree, just order it with linguine (for a little extra cost) for a complete meal.

And here’s a scoop for Dining Out readers: Although it’s not on the menu as such, if you ask, the chef will specially prepare his Linguine Portabella ($15.90 small portion) just for you. The fresh portabella is lightly sauteed with spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh asparagus, onions and garlic with a splash of sherry — a colorful, mouthwatering medley of flavors and textures.

So no need to ask “where’s the beef?” For veggie lovers, those meaty, mega-mushrooms are molto buona!

Paesano Ristorante Italiano

  • Where
    • Waimalu Plaza Shopping Center
    • 98-1277 Kaahumanu Street
    • Aiea, HI 96701
    • Manoa Marketplace
    • 2752 Woodlawn Drive
    • Honolulu, HI 96822
  • Call
    • (808) 485-8883 (Aiea)
    • (808) 988-5923 (Manoa)

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