Pasta alla Puttanesca

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Welcome to Claire's: 35 Years of Recipes and Reflections from the Landmark Vegetarian Restaurant

By Claire Criscuolo

Published 2014

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We used to joke with our mom whenever she made puttanesca sauce because in Italian, puttana means harlot, or a lady of the streets. The story goes that these women were very busy and eager to get back to their business so they made a quick sauce. Really, we always believed they’d be back to business faster with, say, a marinara. This always made my mother laugh and blush.