7 Places to Celebrate National Pasta Day in NYC

7 Places to Celebrate National Pasta Day in NYC


I didn’t grow up around pasta. My Caribbean family was a rice and beans—add protein here—kind of home. It wasn't until I was 15 as a hostess at a family-owned Italian restaurant, that I got to experience authentic house-made pasta. Tortellini in pink sauce became my first love—those little sachets of ricotta and spinach with a creamy “pink” sauce (marinara and alfredo mixed together). Today, I’ll jump at any opportunity to binge on all sorts of pasta drenched in robust sauces especially during this “National holiday.” Are you a pasta fan? Here are some great spots to enjoy pasta’s special the day all around the city.


Courtesy of Bucca di Beppo

Buca di Beppo offers fresh, authentic Italian food served family style. The Italian restaurant celebrates recipes handed down from generation to generation by Italian immigrants. For National Pasta Day, it has added four flavor-packed pastas: campanelle pasta tossed with Parmesan & roasted Roma tomatoes, carrots, and onions; spicy orecchiette al sugo with homemade spicy ragu made of mild Italian sausage; and creamy short rib orecchiette with slow-braised pulled short ribs, baby portobello mushrooms, red onions; baked chicken campanelle with rosemary chicken breast and homemade marinara sauce. 1540 Broadway, 212.764.6527


Courtesy of Bond 45

Stop into Bond 45 today some of its hand-crafted pasta including the new pastrami spaghetti carbonara. This pappardelle dish is topped with a poached egg and everything seed mix (like an everything bagel); other menu offerings include a lasagna bolognese with short rib meatballs and a Béchame; and a Tordelli Bolognese with a wild boar ragu, Porcini mushrooms, and more. 221 W. 46th St., 21.869.4545


Courtesy of Trattoria L

Trattoria L'incontro in Astoria, Queens, offers a tagliarini with lobster and broccoli rabe that is my favorite. The extensive menu also includes the Amatriciana di Gamberetti with organic yellow tomatoes, pancetta and shrimp; as well as risottos and stuffed pastas. 21-76 31st St., Astoria, 718.721.3532


Courtesy of Patsy's

Manicotti fans should stop into Midtown’s Patsy’s today for pasta over-stuffed with mozzarella, ricotta and Parmigiano-Reggiano served with a tomato basil sauce; the meat-filled tortellini bolognese is served with a veal meat sauce. Need I say more?  236 W. 56th St., 212.247.3491

Courtesy of Cecconi

What a more upscale experience? The elegant and upscale Cecconi's serves high-end cuisine in Brooklyn Bridge Park with waterfront views of the Manhattan skyline. This modern-day Italian restaurant serves a classic linguine but with an octopus sugo; an agnolotti dish with chanterelle, truffle, parmigiano; and a spaghetti with maine lobster, saffron, and basil and much more. 55 Water St., Brooklyn, 718.650.3900


Patrizia’s has seven locations around all over New York City. Come enjoy its family-style tasting menu which includes seasonally inspired dishes from homemade bread, cheeses, and pasta to selected meats, seafood, wines and desserts. Menu favorites include the Orecchiette alla zia teresa with broccoli rabe in garlic; fettuccine carbonara with onions and pancetta in a cream sauce and the Fioretti alla boscaoila "The famous pasta" stuffed in a mushroom, prosciutto cream sauce. Multiple locations


Courtesy of Sociale Brooklyn

For those looking for a “healthish” pasta option,  come to Sociale in Brooklyn and order the pappardelle al Coniglio with whole wheat pappardelle, rabbit ragout, and black olives; for those are a little less concerned—i.e.me—there’s the agnolotti di pollo maiale with chicken, pork, fonduta cheese, scallions, and parmesan; also try the ravioli ricotta Piselli with a  green pea/ricotta filling, brown butter sauce, and prosciutto. 72 Henry St., 718.576.3588





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