We love entrepreneurial success stories like Miriam and Rodolfo Stefano’s. Some ten years ago, their Tuscan-style pork country lasagne won a loyal following at the Longview Farmers Market, which in turn sparked the opening, in 2016, of the appealing brick and mortar venue that is now the Tuscan Pig. The Stefanos handpick locally sourced ingredients and make their pastas inhouse. If we are dining solo, it is hard to pass up our favorite sandwich, the Tuscan Pork, with shaved asiago, lemon-marinated red onion, and chipotle parmesan, so we make a point of inviting friends and begging bites from their plates. To make up for our shameless mooching, we recently treated the table to an appetizer selection of Italian artisan bread, mascarpone cheese, garlic spread, and sautéed tomato pesto. Our vegetarian friend was more than happy with her fried-eggplant parmesan with house ragù. The youngest diner in the group earned dessert by finishing her creamy mac and cheese (she declared the Pig’s corkscrew pasta “more fun” than everyday elbow macaroni). Whie she enjoyed mini-cannoli, the rest of us shared the to-die-for limoncello mascarpone cake.
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Tuscan Pig Italian Kitchen
A farmers market venue spawned this popular Italian spot.