If you’re trying to cut down on carbs or bid it goodbye altogether, it’s best not to look at this list. But if you’re a pasta lover and you know that life is simply not complete without pasta, this one’s definitely for you.
Chefs know that mouthwatering pasta dishes will definitely be an instant hit, because everybody seems to loves pasta. When you think of pasta, you think of nostalgic, easy-to-prepare dishes like Bolognese, Carbonara, or even your Macaroni and Cheese. But you don’t go out to restaurants to have something you can always prepare for yourself at home. While pasta is relatively easy to prepare as long as you have the right ingredients, you can get so much more creative with it and reach for the moon. Here are some of the best pasta dishes you can try:
If you think you’ve had your fair share of lasagna, think again. Tail Up Goat says their food is “soulful and sophisticated with a special emphasis on pasta and bread,” and that’s exactly what you’ll get when you order their goat lasagna. Imagine braised goat layered in silky homemade pasta, seasoned with tangy tomato sauce that’s made with goat jus. You also get a special green sauce dotted around the lasagna – a sauce that’s made of olive oil, herbs, eggs, anchovies, and lemon. This dish is definitely something you haven’t tasted before, and it all comes together with crispy breadcrumbs on top.
To try this out, visit Tail Up Goat in Washington D.C.
Forget spaghetti for now. Mezzaluna, in Italian, means half moon. This type of filled pasta is made in the shape of a half moon, and you can be as creative as you want in preparing it. The folks at A Mano know all too well how guilty some people can feel when they eat their pasta, and this is why they paired it with a very unlikely ingredient – cauliflower.
Now cauliflower may be the last thing you think of when looking for pasta dishes, but the results are divine. A Mano’s Cauliflower Mezzaluna is creamy and crunchy at the same time, sprinkled with cauliflower, toasted almonds, and crushed Italian macaroons. You then get a delectable drizzle of balsamic brown butter, taking you straight to pasta heaven.
To try this out, visit A Mano in Philadelphia.
Venetian Spider Crab Ravioli
The award-winning Costa Di Mare at Wynn Las Vegas gives you food you’re unlikely to forget, including a number of handmade pasta dishes from Chef Mark LoRusso. You basically get to sample a creation by one of the most talented chefs in the country, so you might as well go all out.
The restaurant’s strength lies in its use of seafood and Mediterranean flavors. Don’t look for something ordinary when you’re in this restaurant, because you should definitely be prepared to try something you didn’t even know existed. In particular, the Venetian spider crab ravioli with artichokes and tomato will give you a night to remember.
To try this out, visit Costa Di Mare at Wynn Las Vegas.
Spicy Rigatoni Vodka
If you were to pick just one ingredient to add to your spicy pasta dish, how can one go wrong with vodka? The combination is remarkable. In fact, you may have heard of or seen the Spicy Rigatoni Vodka before, and that’s because this wildly popular dish from Carbone is quite Instagrammable.
Anyone who has ever tried this spicy and aromatic pasta dish will surely keep raving about it, and for good reason. The Spicy Rigatoni Vodka is prepared with cream, a special béchamel sauce with added onion purée, tomatoes, pecorino, and to add that little zing – Calabrian chiles.
To try this out, visit Carbone in New York.
Black truffle gnocchi
This is gnocchi like you’ve never seen it before, and that’s thanks to the only four-star Italian restaurant in Chicago, Spiaggia. Their version of gnocchi is made of potato, Australian black truffle, ricotta, and Parmigiano Reggiano. Basically, the gnocchi is filled with the mouthwatering cheeses, and then you get that distinct black truffle taste that your senses can enjoy.
To try this out, visit Spiaggia in Chicago.
Tonnarelli ‘Cacio E Pepe’
In English, this translates to pasta with cheese and pepper. That may sound like it’s a lazy pasta dish but in fact, it’s a classic Roman favorite that is so simple but so sophisticated at the same time. Commonly known as spaghetti alla chitarra, tonnarelli is made with a special instrument called “pasta guitar”, and then paired with pecorino di fossa and long pepper. It is this skillful marriage of pasta, cheese, and pepper that makes this simple dish exceptional.
To try this out, visit Locanda in San Francisco.