D’Amato’s Mascarpone Orzo Mac and Cheese

D‘Amato’s, which has been serving up delicious Italian cuisine in downtown Royal Oak for 25-plus years, is sharing its Mascarpone Orzo Mac and Cheese recipe. Give it a go at home using the ingredients and directions below.

How to Make D’Amato’s Mascarpone Orzo Mac and Cheese


2 oz. cooking oil

2 oz. minced garlic

2 oz. minced shallots

4 oz. diced tomatoes

1 tsp. chopped parsley

10 oz. cooked orzo pasta

½ cup chicken stock

4 oz. grated Parmesan

6 oz. mascarpone

Salt and pepper to taste


Heat oil in a large saute pan. Add garlic and shallots and cook for about one minute. Toss in diced tomatoes and parsley, and saute together. Add orzo, stock, and Parmesan. Let stock reduce to a firm consistency or until it’s not loose. Fold in mascarpone and stir until fully incorporated. Add salt and pepper to taste.

D’amato’s, 222 Sherman Dr., Royal Oak; 248-584-7400; damatos.com

This story is featured in the February 2022 issue of Hour Detroit magazine. Read more stories in our digital edition.