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October Is National Pasta Month: Here’s Where To Find The Best Pasta In The Country
Carb-lovers across the country have something big to celebrate. If nothing completes you more than a plateful of warm, saucy, cheese-coated, perfectly cooked pasta, then October could be your happiest month of the year. October is National Pasta Month, and since traveling to Italy is out of the question, for most of us, we have the next best thing.
Here are the top pasta dishes across the country to satisfy your al-dente appetite. Now go forth and fully and unabashedly indulge without shame.
1. Giant – Chicago, IL
The chefs at Giant promise to make simple, delicious (“slightly cheffy”) food for people to eat. Sounds like a simple promise to us, and they certainly deliver on the “delicious.” From the rigatoni to the 100-layer (yes, you read that right) lasagna Bolognese, there are no bad decisions on their menu. But the pici pasta takes the win with savory, bold flavors and comes topped with jalapeño and bacon.
2. Sfoglina Pasta House – Washington D.C.
Head to Sfoglina’s Van Ness location for Fabio’s Ravioli San Leo. Made daily, in house, the ravioli is cooked with goat cheese, herbs, lemon zest, and is plated like a work of art. While you’re there, top off your meal with the Traditional Tiramisu. No, it’s not pasta, but it’s the perfect ending to your Italian feast.
3. Carbone – New York, NY
Carbone is an Italian-American restaurant created by Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, and Jeff Zalaznick located in Greenwich Village. You really can’t go wrong with any pasta dish off the menu. The menu offers nightly pasta specials from tortellini al ragu to lobster ravioli, but the Spicy Rigatoni Vodka is prepared with onion soubise (béchamel sauce with added onion puree), classic cream, Pecorino, tomatoes, Calabrian chiles, and can’t be missed.
4. Bar Mezzana – Boston, MA
Boston’s South End neighborhood is known for having some of the best restaurants in the city, but if it’s pasta that you’re after, head to Bar Mezzana. Order the Ricotta Ravioli topped with chestnut and sage or the Paccheri served with one pound of lobster, lobster crema, green onion, and tomato.
5. Osteria Mozza – Los Angeles, CA
Osteria Mozza consistently makes some of the best pasta dishes in Los Angeles. The menu is a feast of classic Italian dishes from beef tagliata to meatballs al forno. But since we’re here for the pasta, try the Tagliatelle with oxtail ragu or the Orecchiette made with sausage and Swiss Chard.