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The Red Hen—Mezze Rigatoni

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The Red Hen—Mezze Rigatoni

This dish should conjure up a gourmet childhood snow day. What’s become The Red Hen’s signature dish has the basic flavors of a comforting bowl of mom’s pasta or even perhaps tomato soup and grilled cheese. Of course Chef Mike Friedman elevates it. (Sorry, Mom.) Rigatoni tubes are dressed in a fennel sausage ragu, a tangy tomato-based sauce and a dusting of Pecorino Romano cheese. The menu is constantly changing and evolving at the Bloomingdale anchor spot, but to date, we haven’t seen this dish take a vacation.