Published on November 5, 2015

8 Soul-Warming Pastas to Snuggle Up With

With cold-weather eating finally upon us, who doesn’t love a big bowl of creamy, comforting pasta on a chilly night? Fettucine alfredo and spaghetti and meatballs may be the most familiar Italian classics, but these Reserve restaurants are punching up traditional recipes with unexpected additions (Truffles and uni? Jalapeño and almonds? Yes, please.) So whether you seek soothing or spicy, here are the noodles and sauces — at some of the best Italian restaurants in the country — to satisfy whatever you crave.

piccino edited2 Pappardelle pasta at Piccino in San Francisco

8 Scrumptious Soul-Warming Pastas

54 MINTCarbonara (San Francisco)

Spaghetti, organic eggs, savory guanciale (cured pork), with a kick of black pepper and Pecorino Romano.


Tucked into a tiny alley behind the Old Mint building, 54 Mint is a modern Italian trattoria with elegant and traditional Roman dishes. Menus include inventive starters and hearty entrees. Grab a bottle from the all-Italian wine list for some antioxidants to balance out all that cheese!

AMIS TRATTORIA - Bucatini (Philadelphia)

Inspired by Chinese cold sesame noodles, this inventive take on Roman comfort food features thinly sliced jalapeño and toasted almond pesto.


Amis Trattoria brings rustic, Roman-style Italian flavors to the heart of Philadelphia with nightly dinners and weekend brunches. The shared plates-style menus feature creative dishes by Chef Brad Spence. The open kitchen is the centerpiece of the lively loft-like space, which features concrete and white brick walls, a zinc bar and colorful accents.

BESTIA - Spaghetti Rustichella (Los Angeles)

Lobster, sea urchin, garlic, Calabrian chilies, squid ink bottarga and breadcrumbs elevate this spaghetti to VIP (Very Important Pasta) status.


Executive Chef Ori Menashe and Pastry Chef Genevieve Gergis are the husband and wife team behind Bestia, the multi-regional Italian restaurant in the Arts District. Bestia –– which means “beast” in Italian –– serves up creative, seasonal fare, including Menashe’s house-cured meats and Gergis’ homemade desserts.

DELFINA - Pappardelle (San Francisco)

These fresh ribbon-like noodles with Berkshire pork “sugo” (a.k.a. savory meat sauce) are melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

SF - Delfina 2

Delfina is husband-and-wife duo Craig and Anne Stoll’s Northern Italian trattoria. The bustling neighborhood gem boasts a classic menu and a broad wine list composed of both local and Italian bottles. Their gorgeous plates, like the one above, take center stage under soaring ceilings in a bright and casual space.

DRAGO CENTRO - i Garganelli (Los Angeles)

Pork sausage, Parmesan and fennel seeds lend an aromatic air to this elegant little number.

LA - Drago Centro

Drago Centro delivers innovative and varied twists on classic dishes. A sophisticated wine list and an assortment of creative cocktails pair well with the authentic yet contemporary Italian fare. The bright, elegant space boasts a an open kitchen, while a heated patio provides additional seating for dining al fresco.

FORMENTO'S - Canestri with Sunday Gravy (Chicago)

Spaghetti, organic eggs, savory guanciale (cured pork), with a kick of black pepper and Pecorino Romano.

CHI - Formento

Formento’s offers mid-century southern Italian-American cuisine, with classic entrees, desserts and cocktails, as well as a 600-bottle Italian wine list. Reminiscent of a supper club, the sophisticated space — complete with tufted leather banquettes and subway-tiled floors — is the perfect spot for savoring a delicious plate of fresh pasta.

MAMO - Raviolini al Tartufo (New York City)

We’re no mathematicians but we do know this: creamy cheese plus umami truffles always equal heavenly flavors.

NYC - Mamo

Mamo is the stylishly simple New York outpost of Mamo Le Michelangelo, a two decades-old French Riviera staple. Under the culinary direction of Michelin-starred Executive Chef Massimo Sola, the restaurant features an Italian-focused menu composed of beloved family recipes.

SPORTELLO - Potato Gnocchi (Boston)

A would-be humble dish of potato pasta, mushroom ragu and peas, if not for the luxurious addition of juicy lobster. We’re not complaining.

Boston - Sportello

A modern, Italian-inspired interpretation of the classic American diner, Sportello (Italian for “counter service”) features a menu of Chef Barbara Lynch’s inventive, trattoria-inspired dishes and entrees. The unique, regional Italian wines on offer have been specifically chosen to pair well with Sportello’s incredible fare.

Just open up the Reserve app, and place a request to dig into some soul-warming pastas this week!

Happy dining,

The Reserve Editorial Team

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