PHILADELPHIA - National Pasta Day is Monday, October 17th, and carb-oholics all over the Philadelphia area are ready to celebrate. Pasta is adored in every corner of the world for its versatility and innovation and is a canvas for culinary expression. We put together a curated list of the finest locales to indulge in the world’s favorite food in and around the City of Philadelphia, including CO-OP Restaurant & Bar, Patchwork, A Mano, Stella of New Hope, and Red Owl Tavern.
Parc- Rittenhouse Square. Parc is one of the most popular restaurants in Philly. For a good reason – the menu is filled with consistently delicious items, including a lighter take on a pasta dish perfect for vegetarians! Pasta dish to try: Pasta Jardinière, broccoli, asparagus, warm cherry tomatoes, toasted pine nuts, and basil. Heaven, if you will. A plate of food Description automatically generated with low confidence
Revolution Chop House – located within Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia, PA. The exceptional steakhouse Revolution Chop House has a large selection of steaks, fresh seafood, and a sizable wine list in a cozy, welcoming setting. While meat is a large focus on the menu, they also take pride in their house-made ravioli. Pasta Dish to try: House-made ravioli, asparagus, lemon ricotta, tarragon beurre blanc.
Patchwork - A lively restaurant and bar focused on New American cuisine, nestled on the second floor of Hyatt Centric Center City Philadelphia, serves various dishes for every pasta lover to enjoy. Executive Chef Jonathan Dearden has raised the bar on his approach to a traditional pasta dish. For dinner, the Pan Seared Gnocchi ($22) features perfectly-grilled Jersey corn, cauliflower broccolini, and tomato basil butter, making it a plate to write home about.
A Mano - The acclaimed seasonal Italian BYOB from the Townsend Wentz Restaurant Group offers handmade Saffron Rotolo, served with roasted garlic, spinach ricotta, and puttanesca as a Primi course offering. This little slice of Italy also serves up Ricotta Cavatelli with broccoli rabe and lemon pecorino Calabrese. These dishes can be selected in a three-course prix-fixe for $48 per person or a four-course prix-fixe for $68 per person.
Red Owl Tavern - The contemporary kitchen and bar across Independence Hall celebrates National Pasta Day with a chef's favorite. The Tavern's Better Than Nonna's Bolognese ($25), served with organic semolina cavatelli, whipped ricotta, and a sprinkle of basil crumb, is what pasta fanatics' dreams are made of.CO-OP Restaurant & Bar - A contemporary, bright, and airy restaurant in The Study Hotel smack between the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University is celebrating National Pasta Day with an Italian favorite, Linguine & Clams ($21), made with hand-dug clams from the New Jersey coast, accompanied by house-made Linguine and topped with garlic, parsley, and bottarga. CO-OP’s Executive Chef Kyle Berman is known for his focus on elevated mid-Atlantic cuisine, so this dish is sure to impress any foodie with a penchant for pasta and fresh seafood.
Dolce Italian – Center City, located within the W Hotel - For the ultimate Pasta Day destination, check out Dolce Italian for a menu anchored by fresh, handmade portions of pasta. From an elevated take on spaghetti and meatballs to truffle-topped portions of pasta and hearty sauces, Dolce Italian has pasta to please every palette.
Talula’s Garden – overlooking Washington Square Park, Philly. Talula's Garden is a celebration of cuisine done right, with local dishes aligning in harmony with the season. This fall, the menu includes a hearty pasta dish, perfect for a warm and comforting meal. Pasta dish to try: Lamb Bolognese, featuring fresh rosemary pappardelle, basil ricotta, fragrant tomato sauce of lamb, spinach & Italian breadcrumbs
The Wayward – is located in Center City’s East Market neighborhood within the Canopy Hotel. The Wayward is a French-inspired American Brasserie, a destination for approachable yet elevated dining. A sleeper hit on the menu is their ultra-cheesy, cheese-pull-y mac and cheese! Pasta dish to try: Mac and Cheese with butter-poached lobsterStella of New Hope - Bucks County’s modern American restaurant overlooking the Delaware River, helmed by Executive Chef Michael O’Halloran, offers a divine Whole Grain Casarecce Pasta ($28), made with a wild mushroom ragout, wild mushroom broth, asparagus, peas, and ricotta salata. If seeking something more indulgent, dive into the Parisian Gnocchi ($17) with roasted neck pumpkin, garlic-brown butter, sage, spiced walnuts, and topped with pecorino romano. Cozy up to Stella’s al fresco fireplace and take in the unparalleled views of the Delaware River while enjoying these warm, robust pasta dishes.
Stir – the premier restaurant located within the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Stir's seasonally inspired menu offers a unique dining experience, where each dish is carefully thought out and plated as elegantly as the art displayed in the museum it's housed in. Try their seasonal take on pasta for a dish with a unique, Asian-inspired twist. Pasta Dish to try: Zucchini gnocchi, roasted cherry tomato, garlic chive, squash blossom tempura, golden sesame oil
Pizzeria Stella – is located at Headhouse Square in the Queen Village. Pizzeria Stella is a charming mainstay restaurant within the quaint Queen Village neighborhood. Decadent pizza is the restaurant’s specialty, but the menu extends beyond the pie to include antipasti, salads, and some of the city's best pasta portions. Pasta to try: Linguine Cacio e Pepe (black pepper, pecorino, parmesan)
K pod – is located in University City, Philadelphia. Acclaimed chef Peter Serpico is head of the kitchen at Kpod, the new Korean restaurant from STARR Restaurants in University City. Stop in for bold, Korean American staples and creative interpretations – including the glass noodles, one of the restaurant’s signature dishes. Dish to try: Stir Fried Glass Noodles (Shiitake, red bell peppers, carrot, onion, sweet soy, black pepper)