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New York City's Best Restaurants for Pasta Lovers

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If there’s one thing New York City prides itself on, it’s Italian food. Whether it’s pizza, calzones or cannolis, you’ll find a restaurant that makes you feel like you’ve traveled to Italy without leaving the city. If pasta’s more your style, they’ve got you covered. There’s as many pasta restaurants in New York City as there are types of pasta! Take a look at these hidden gems that are sure to make you crave Italian for dinner tonight.

Tony Di Napoli’s

If there’s one place that helps put the “big” in the Big Apple, it’s Tony Di Napoli’s. This Italian restaurant in Times Square has multiple floors for parties of every size to enjoy, and the walls are covered with portraits of celebrities and Broadway stars. What makes it unique is their family-sized portions that will have everyone in your group wants to share. If you’re looking for an authentic taste of Italy, their “Spaghetti Pomodoro” or “Baked Ziti Napolitano” is the way to go. If you like your pasta paired with seafood, try their linguini options. When you order one, you can have a bite of clam sauce, shrimp and more! 

Penne From Tony Di Napoli's (©Catalin Stelian) New York | WhereTraveler
Penne From Tony Di Napoli's (©Catalin Stelian) 

L’Artusi

The spirit of Italy can be found right in Greenwich Village. L’Artusi is a restaurant that combines modern tastes and styles with traditional Italian cuisine. You’ll never get just pasta, as each dish comes with its own unique flavor. Their “Orecchiette” adds a charcuterie flair to your pasta by adding sausage, salami and cheese to it. If you’re looking for a stronger taste, their “Pici Nero” comes with crab and Calabrian chili that are sure to add a kick to your meal. If you want your evening to have an extra Italian touch, add some wine into the mix. The restaurant also includes a private wine room where you and your party can pair your pasta with the finest Italian wine.

Lucciola

If you’re looking for a more upscale dining experience, take a trip to Lucciola. This restaurant on the Upper West Side captures an authentic Italian atmosphere while combining their meals with a modern taste. Their menu is farm-to-table, so you’ll be eating healthier too. Their specialties are tortellini and tagliatelle that come with a variety of Italian flavors. If you’d like a true taste of Italy, you’ll find it in the handmade tortellini that comes with Parmigiano cheese. The tagliatelle boasts several options to try, whether it’s lobster, traditional ragu sauce or duck ragu. If you’re looking for a different type of pasta, don’t worry. There’s plenty of options to choose from that are sure to turn your evening into one of Italian elegance. 

Spaghetti Pastificio Felicetti Alla Roykrogn From Lucciola (©Elio Sofia) New York | WhereTrave;er
Spaghetti Pastificio Felicetti Alla Roykrogn From Lucciola (©Elio Sofia) 

Spaghetti Incident

One of the newest pasta restaurants in the city is Spaghetti Incident, located in the Lower East Side. Thanks to the retro 1970s interior, this restaurant stands out, giving you a blast from the past with your meal. Many of their pasta dishes are made of handmade pasta and offer unique combinations. The “Bucatini Pasticciati” is perfect for meat lovers, as it pairs your pasta with Italian sausage. The “Spinach Fettuccine” adds a fresh taste to the meal thanks to the gorgonzola sauce, Parmigiano cheese and black sesame seeds added to the pasta. What Spaghetti Incident is perhaps best known for is its innovative to-go containers. If you want to take your meal with you through the city, they offer pasta that can be eaten in a small, carnival-style cone with none of the mess and all of the flavor. 

Carbonara Pasta at Spaghetti Incident New York | WhereTraveler
Carbonara Pasta (Courtesy Spaghetti Incident)

Il Corso

Il Corso is a place that offers everything you can think of when it comes to Italian cuisine. Two native Italian women founded this restaurant near Central Park, and the space creates a warm atmosphere for all who enter. Their “Spaghetti Alla Chitarra Con Pomodorini” and “Fettuccine Alla Bolognese” make traditional tastes of Italy through their red and meat sauces. If you’re looking for something a little different, the “Orecchiette Alla Rustichella” combines farm-fresh tastes with sharp flavors. The “Spaghetti Di Mare” adds a variety of seafood to your pasta so that you can get a taste of both the land and sea.

Forlini’s

If you’re looking for a more classic Italian taste, take a visit to Forlini’s near Canal Street. This family-owned restaurant has been operating since 1943 and serves the best of Northern Italy to its customers. They offer every pasta you can think of, be it fettuccine, linguine and gnocchi. Most of their meals are homemade as well, so each dish is crafted to ultimate perfection. Some house specials include ricotta-stuffed ravioli called “Ravioli Alfredo,” white and green fettuccine with porcini mushroom sauce called “Paglia e Fieno” and the restaurant’s special lasagna recipe. 

Ravioli From Forlini's (©Nicholas Forlini) New York | WhereTraveler
Ravioli From Forlini's (©Nicholas Forlini/Courtesy Forlini's

I Sodi

If you’re looking for a more relaxed atmosphere that still offers fresh flavors, stop into I Sodi. This restaurant in Greenwich Village brings the Tuscan countryside to life with its farm-style pasta dishes and family recipes. The “Pappardelle Al Limone” adds lemon zest and black pepper to their pasta, giving it the perfect kick. If you want a taste of all-natural pasta, try the “Ravioli Burro E Salvia.” The ravioli is spinach-filled with an added flavor of butter, sage and cheese to make it sweet. They also host various lasagnas you can get with meat, artichoke or cacio e pepe sauce. Add an Italian wine to your meal, and you’ll find yourself transported to the fields of Tuscany in seconds.

Il Punto

Il Punto is an Italian restaurant that’s at the heart of New York City. Its Hell’s Kitchen location places it within walking distance of landmarks like the Javits Center, Times Square and Penn Station. Many of its standout dishes are seafood-based so that you can have a taste of the sea alongside your pasta. You can get lobster with the “Lune d’Aragosta in salsa alla vodka,” clams with the “Spaghetti Alle Vongole,” or a little bit of everything with the “Tagliolini Neri al Frutti di Mare.” If seafood isn’t your style, they also offer more traditional pasta dishes with a personal twist, such as “Penne Alla Norma” and “Risotto ai Funghi Porcini.” Il Punto also hosts several rooms that can be used for private events, group dining and even holidays. Whatever the occasion, they’ll add the perfect Italian touch to your New York City experience. 

Pasta From Il Punto Ristorante New York | WhereTraveler
Pasta (Courtesy Il Punto Ristorante)

Patsy’s Italian Restaurant

Patsy’s Italian Restaurant is undoubtedly a hotspot in New York City. This West Side restaurant was a popular stop for Frank Sinatra, and other notable figures have also made sure to visit. They offer plenty of the classics that are sure to make your mouth water, such as spaghetti and meatballs, penne alla vodka and cheese ravioli. Try their “Rigatoni Fri Diavolo” served with red peppers if you want a spicy kick to your meal. Their “Bucatini all’Amatriciana” is a perfect combination of pasta and meat. Bacon is added into their red sauce, giving the dish a smoky yet savory taste you won’t forget.

Pasta Eater

One of the more recent additions to New York City’s Italian craze is Pasta Eater. This restaurant in Union Square offers handmade pasta that will make the tastes of Italy come alive for customers. What makes Pasta Eater stand out is the more memorable meals provided on the menu. The “Fettuccine Al Cioccolato” combines dinner and dessert thanks to its pairing of chocolate fettuccine with prawns, tomatoes and even mint! Many of their pastas also come with various ragu sauces, such as wild boar, lamb and octopus. If you don’t feel ready to venture into those meals, you can always try their versions of classics such as lasagna, seafood risotto and linguini with clam sauce. 

Penne From Pasta Eater (©Giusto Priola) New York | WhereTraveler
Penne From Pasta Eater (©Giusto Priola)