A trattoria is like a restaurant but less formal, with just a simple menu that's usually verbally announced to the patrons because of the absence of a printed one. If ever there are menus, some of them are even handwritten. The menu is usually composed of the classic and local dishes in abundant servings. Prices are low and the service is casual family-style. BUT nowadays, the trattorie in the cities are becoming less simple and more expensive, closer to how a ristorante (restaurant) is.
In case you're wondering why I am telling you about the trattorie, it's because we have one close to our house. Fortunately, it still retains the real essence of what it should be. Family-owned with very simple service, heaping servings of pasta with local and regional food and affordable. At times, when I am not able to serve anything to my family, we order take-out from the trattoria. All of us love their food especially their pasta dishes. They are all good, tasty and rich. One of our frequent orders is the classic pasta with mussels with rich tomato sauce. This recipe was inspired by their delicious pasta. I hope you enjoy this one.
I also develop recipes for SheKnows.com. The recipes I submit to them can be accessed from their site. I thought of sharing the sneak peek here then direct you to the recipe with a link.