I normally reserve visits to Accurso's for the autumn, when you can call ahead and cross all fingers and toes while saying a small prayer that they'll be serving their Butternut Squash Ravioli. I never even think of Italian for lunch, especially not in June, what with the heat and humidity and the heavy food coma that results from a big bowl of pasta at lunchtime. We were initially headed for The Mixx where I was certain that a crispy fresh salad had my name written all over it, but my normally impeccable sense of food timing went tragically awry. The Mixx was mobbed, even at 1pm. Right up the street, however, was my 2nd favorite pasta dish, calling my name.Pair a spicy tomato cream sauce with grilled chicken and al dente pasta, top it with a little grated parmesan and fresh chopped parsley, and you've got the Chicken Penne Pasta Diavlo. The sauce is spicy - by the time you've finished, you've wiped the little beads of sweat off your brow at least twice - and the chicken is big chunks of juicy breast with the grill marks still on. All the pasta lunches come with salad and bread and range in price from $4.95 to $8.95. The food coma was free.
Accurso's Italian Restaurant
5044 Main St.