Published on October 26, 2016

12 Bowls of Pasta We’re Dreaming About

Another summer has come and gone. Time to toss your bathing suits in the bottom of your drawers, and pull out your sweaters. One perk of cooler weather: more pasta dishes on more menus in your favorite cities! These are some of the best pasta creations we’ve seen so far this season.

Twirl your fork into these 12 carby delights and you (and your belly) will walk out the door happy: 

1. PICI, WITH CHEW - GIANT (Chicago)

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A seasonal American dish inspired by the bold flavors of American cuisine, the Pici, With Chew at Giant is a savory, crunchy delight, topped with jalapeño and bacon.

2. LOBSTER HAND TORN PASTA - LOU BIRD'S (Philadelphia)

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The fresh, hand-torn pasta at Lou Bird’s is made with whole wheat flour and completed with lobster, maitake (mushrooms) and sorrel (a tart green herb).

3. TONNARELLI CACIO E PEPE - LOCANDA (San Francisco)

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Tonnarelli is a special pasta (commonly known as spaghetti alla chitarra) made with an instrument called a “pasta guitar”. Locanda prepares its tonnarelli dish the classic Roman way — cacio e pepe — with Pecorino di Fossa, long pepper and that’s it, or basta!  

4. HAND MADE PASTA - GATHER (Chicago)

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Grab your friends and family, and “Gather” around the dinner table. Offered in addition to the a la carte selections, the restaurant offers a family-style menu on Sunday nights, including handmade pasta with capellini noodles, fresh cherry tomato, San Marzano tomato puree, basil cream sauce, pecorino cheese and fresh basil.

5. RAVIOLI SAN LEO - CASA LUCA (Washington D.C.)

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Made daily in-house, the ravioli at Casa Luca is uniquely and flavorfully prepared with smoked ricotta, wild greens, lemon zest, almonds and fine herbs.

6. FIOLA NOVA SCOTIA LOBSTER RAVIOLI - FIOLA (Washington D.C.)

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Try the lobster ravioli at Fiola and you’ll understand why the restaurant has a Michelin-star. The delectable dish is a classic on the menu and one of the most Instagrammed dishes of 2016.

7. SPAGHETTI - DELFINA (San Francisco)

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No dish showcases the freshness of Delfina’s pasta — made in-house daily — better than its spaghetti, prepared simply with plum tomatoes, garlic, extra virgin olive oil and pepperoncini.

8. SMOKED CHICKEN RAVIOLI - VEE VEE (Boston)

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Vee Vee, a seasonally inspired restaurant, is offering a warm, hearty house-made smoked chicken ravioli with corn, escarole, cherry tomato, and Grana Padano cheese to enjoy this fall.  

9. CAULIFLOWER MEZZALUNA - A MANO (Philadelphia)

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A type of filled pasta that’s made in a half moon shape (mezzaluna means “half moon” in Italian), the mezzaluna at A Mano is a creamy yet crunchy delight, drizzled with balsamic brown butter and sprinkled with toasted almonds, cauliflower, and crushed amaretti (classic Italian macaroons).

10. RICOTTA RAVIOLI - BAR MEZZANA (Boston)

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On the pasta tour at Bar Mezzana, the Ricotta Ravioli is a necessary stop. House-made and sweetbread-stuffed, the dish is topped with chestnut and sage, making for a fork-tender, seasonal delight.  

11. RIGATONI POMODORO - MARVIN (Los Angeles)

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There’s nothing quite like a simple and delicious tomato sauce, and the classic, fresh Rigatoni Pomodoro at Marvin proves that statement to be true.  

12. SPICY RIGATONI VODKA - CARBONE (New York)

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A spicy, aromatic, and heavily Instagrammed dish, the spicy vodka rigatoni at Carbone is prepared with onion soubise (béchamel sauce with added onion purée), classic cream, pecorino, tomatoes and Calabrian chiles.  

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