October 25th is World Pasta Day. And while we don’t really need an excuse to enjoy a delicious bowl, we would be remiss if we didn’t honor pasta on it’s special day, To celebrate, check out these restaurants and try one of their irresistible dishes. Mangia on behalf of Men’s Life DC!
For the fall season, Executive Chef Jenn Flynn has created a simple but savory orecchiette pasta dish encompassing the warm flavors of the season. The round concave pasta pieces sit in a velvety mushroom ragu sauce and are topped with parmesan cheese and earthy tarragon.
( 2446 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009 – 202 .232.7663)
Mezze Rigatoni with Fennel Sausage Ragu
The Rigatoni is meant to evoke that warm and inviting feeling of a Sunday meat sauce in Grandma’s kitchen. The Red Hen uses a handmade “mezze” or “half” Rigatoni topped with a house-made fennel sausage and tomato ragu.
(1822 First Street NW DC, Washington, DC 20001 – 202.525.3021)
Spaghetti Carbonara with sunny egg and pancetta
When Casa Luca rebranded as Sfoglina we were in for a treat. With simple soulful preparations, in Italian style, their menu is designed to choose dishes to share. However when it’s really good, sometimes you don’t want to.
(1099 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005 – 202.525.1402)
Ravioli alla Bietola
La Tomate has been a mainstay in Dupont Circle for years. It’s no wonder why when they are luring customers in with pasta dishes such as the Ravioli all Bietoal. The dish is homemade ravioli, stuffed with swiss chard, ricotta, parmesan, sage, brown butter sauce, arugula cream, and a parmesan waffle.
(1701 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20009 – 202.667.5505)
Agnolotti del plin
This is one of Bibiana’s signature dishes from the Fall/Winter menu. This decadent dish features duck, truffle braised leeks, rew wine poach pear d’anjou, pomegranate, duck jus and foiegras tourchon. It’s no wonder it’s loved by Tom Sietsema.
(1100 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005 – 202.216.9550)
Spicy King Crab
Giuliana Rancic has clear ties to the Washington area. Her father still operates his men’s clothing store in Chevy Chase. It may be a celebrity owned restaurant but the pasta is the clear star. One of the not to be missed is the Spicy King crab served with spaghetti nero and fresno chili.
(650 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001 – 202.204.4480)