EXPRESS LANE : ON THE TABLE IN 30 MINUTES OR LESS.
Assembled and cooked in one skillet, this quick meal is easy to prepare.
MEDITERRANEAN SKILLET MEAL
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound turkey cutlets, cut into 1/2-inch thick strips
2 cups water
1 can (14 ounces) artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
1 package (about 6 ounces) quick-cooking white and wild rice mix
1/2 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes (use oil-packed, drained)
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
Heat oil in a large skillet, over medium-high heat until hot. Add turkey; cook, stirring occasionally 3 to 5 minutes or until no longer pink in center. Stir in water, artichoke hearts, rice with seasoning packet and tomatoes. Bring to a boil; cover and simmer 5 to 7 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
Top with cheese, cover and cook 2 to 3 minutes until cheese is melted. Makes 4 servings.
EXPRESS TO GO
Fratelli's Pizza, Woodland Hills Village Shopping Center, 20929 Ventura Blvd.; (818) 346-2992.
If you are in the mood for good Italian food - and plenty of it, give Fratelli's a try. A co-worker raved about this place, so we trekked off in the rain one recent afternoon, and we weren't disappointed.
We ordered eggplant Parmesan with spaghetti ($6.50), a large hero Italian cold cuts sandwich ($5.95), a spicy chicken roll ($5.50) and a large pasta salad ($5.75).
The bountiful, fresh pasta salad was well-seasoned with herbs and contained elbow macaroni (and a little linguine), chopped tomatoes, black olives and a variety of vegetables (such as carrots, broccoli and cauliflower) all tossed with a delicious Italian vinaigrette. The good-size portion could easily feed two if accompanied by another menu item. It was a good value compared to the other large salad selections, which are in the $7.25 range.
Eggplant Parmesan with spaghetti came with garlic bread. The spaghetti was mixed with a tasty marinara sauce and then topped with four slices of eggplant Parmesan and more sauce. The hero sandwich was big (a foot long) and filled with three varieties of Italian cold cuts, shredded mozzarella cheese, chopped tomatoes and onions, all seasoned with mustard and mayo and Italian vinaigrette. It was delicious - and enough for one big or two small eaters.
The spicy chicken roll, one of the restaurant's unique specialties, was intriguing and very hot - not for the faint of heart. It was made with pizza dough and filled with jalapeno chiles, diced chicken breast, shredded mozzarella cheese and ricotta, and then baked. For those desiring a less spicy rolled-up creation, order a sausage roll or spinach roll ($4.50 each) or a barbecued chicken roll ($5.50).
Fratelli's menu is extensive, offering a variety of appetizers, salads, hero sandwiches, pastas, regular and specialty pizzas, and desserts. The pizza dough is made fresh daily with real cheese.
Pastas offered range from $5.50 to $7.25 and include angel hair marinara ($5.50), spaghetti with garlic butter ($5.75), spaghetti and meatballs ($6.75), spaghetti primavera ($7.25), homemade lasagna with cheese ($6.75), homemade lasagna with cheese and sausage ($7.25), homemade stuffed shells ($7.25), ravioli Alfredo with chicken ($7.25), ravioli Alfredo with shrimp ($7.25) and fettuccine Alfredo ($6.50) to name a few.
The small hero sandwiches range in price from $3.50 to $4.95, with large from $5.50 to $6.75. Selections include sausage and peppers, meatball, salami and cheese, chicken Parmesan, barbecued chicken, baked ravioli, Caesar chicken and eggplant Parmesan.
Salads range in price from $2.25 to $5.25 for small and $4.50 to $7.25 for large. Among those featured are garden, Greek, antipasto, turkey, chicken, bay shrimp, Caesar, Caesar with chicken and tuna.
Pizzas come in three sizes - medium (12 inches), large (16 inches) and extra-large (18 inches). Prices range from $7.25 to $11.95 for a tomato-and-cheese version to $13.95 to $19.95 for special creations such as shrimp pizza, Greek pizza, vegetarian pizza, barbecued chicken pizza, Alfredo pizza, etc.
For fresh, quality food served in abundant portions - Fratelli's is a good value for the money. To avoid long waits when the restaurant is busy, order ahead and pick up. Delivery is available if you're within the area. The only place you can eat on the premises is at the counter, so it's best to plan to take out.
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|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||Feb 11, 1998|
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