I recently had the opportunity to chat with Mr. Castellucci about the lack of gluten-free pasta at Sugo. The restaurant has an extensive gluten-free menu that once included pasta, but Mr. C (he tells everyone to call him Mr. C) was not satisfied with the quality and since he was unable to find a suitable substitute, it was removed from the menu. There are a couple of gluten-free pastas imported from Italy that, to me, would meet his strict standard of quality. After a couple of emails and a quick pasta taste test, I am happy to announce that Sugo is now featuring Jovial's brown rice pasta (spaghetti now and penne soon) on their menu.
Jovial's pasta is not just another brown rice pasta, as it is made in Italy where it is reported that the waters gives it its distinctive color and texture. I reviewed this pasta a couple of years back and I was impressed because it is easy to cook, it tastes great, and it is reasonably priced for being an imported product. Our Italian exchange student, Jojo, was also impressed with the pasta, even though I didn't serve it al dente.
Sugo Restaurant has one location in Johns Creek and it recently underwent a refresh of its interior. The dining room now boasts new walls, banquettes, furniture, and designer light fixtures as well as a new Chef’s table, all planned to enhance the restaurant’s ambiance.
“Our decision to remodel is attributable to both some outdated decor as well as a great number of helpful comments and recommendations from our guests. The changes have made an enormous difference in our ability to handle the increased business we have experienced over the past few years at the restaurant. It has also enabled the wait staff to provide even better service to our guests, which is extremely important to us,” said Federico Castellucci III, owner of Sugo.
Treat yourself to a gluten-free meal at Sugo and try out Jovial's gluten-free pasta with one of Sugo's homemade sauces. Be sure to say 'hi' to Mr. C, if he stops by your table!