National Pasta Month: NYC’s Best Italian Restaurants For Pasta

October 3, 2016 1:00 PM

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October is officially National Pasta Month, with the official National Pasta Day celebrated on Oct. 17. We’ve narrowed down the five best places to indulge in some of the best pasta dishes in Manhattan. By Carly Petrone.

(credit: Louie and Chan)

(credit: Louie and Chan)

Louie and Chan

303 Broome St.
New York, NY

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Stop into Louie and Chan and celebrate National Pasta Month with a plate of their beautifully spicy Arrabiata pasta dish. Those looking for something basic will be happy to see Cacio e Pepe on the menu – spaghetti, butter, pepper, Parmigiano, Pecorino Romano and garlic. If you want something to share with the table, definitely try the Peperoncini  – blistered Shishito peppers, garlic, Szechuan peppercorn, and hazelnut sugar. Pair your meal with a fun, Chinese-inspired cocktail like the “Golden Lions” – mint verbana-infused Bulldog gin, Grand Marnier, brown sugar cube, absinthe rinse and 5 spice bitters, or one of their many Negroni options.

(credit: Scarpetta)

(credit: Scarpetta)


355 W. 14th St.
New York, NY

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It’s hard to go wrong with the simple, yet perfectly delicious spaghetti with tomato and basil at Scarpetta. Chef Team Jon Oh and Jorge Espinoza have been serving up this popular dish since the restaurant opened. Top off this delicious plate of pasta with an equally as impressive dessert. We suggest the mascarpone cheesecake with stone fruit, streusel, and lemon verbena gelato, or the espresso budino with salted caramel, chocolate biscotti, and hazelnut gelato. Bellissima!

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(credit: Gato)


324 Lafayette St.

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Make your way over to Bobby Flay’s Gato in SoHo and enjoy three types of freshly-made pasta. The saffron linguine with mussels, garlic, and parsley is bright and packed with flavor. But if you’re looking for a decadent vegetarian option, try the handcut pappardelle with cremini and mouseron mushrooms, rioja, black garlic, Parmigiano, and crème fraiche, or the Tortiglioni with tomato-piquillo sauce, eggplant, and basil-ricotta. Just keep you eyes peeled as Mr. Flay himself is known for dining in with a few of his famous friends.

Obica Mozzarella, Pizze e Cucina

590 Madison Ave.
New York, NY

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You know you’re getting the freshest pasta when you dine at Obica Mozzarella Bar, Pizza e Cucina because everything is made in-house. The Schiaffoni di Gragnano – paccheri pasta with tomato sauce, basil, and creamy mozzarella di bufala – is a stand-out, since they import fresh mozzarella from Italy twice a week. The Pappardelle al Ragu di Anatra e Arancia is perfect for the diner who loves rosemary. This dish is created with homemade rosemary pasta and tossed with Crescent Farm duck, Tuscan-style ragu and orange zest. It’s hearty and the rosemary herb really brings out the flavor in the meaty ragu. Yum!

(credit: L'Amico)

(credit: L’Amico)


849 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY

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Meat lovers can celebrate National Pasta Month with two rich pastas from L’Amico. Chef Laurent Tourondel is offering Pipe Rigate with a tender veal shoulder Bolognese and pecorino while the Fusilli has a bit of kick thanks to the addition of spicy sausage, bitter greens, pine nuts, chiles, and pecorino. Enjoy their homemade gelato for dessert including delicious flavors like Meyer lemon, black cherry amaretto, pistachio-orange marmalade, chocolate gianduja, hazelnut frangelico, and salted caramel. Buon appetito!

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Carly Petrone is a freelance writer living in New York City.

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