There are many reasons to enjoy the month of October, and here’s another: it’s National Pasta Month! Forget your low-carb, low-calorie diet, and get ready to devour some of southeast Michigan’s best pasta dishes.
D’Amato’s of Royal Oak serves dinner Tuesday through Saturday along with Sunday brunch. Pasta dishes on the supper menu range from Angel Hair Pasta and Meatballs to Penne Pasta with “Mrs. P’s” Palomino Sauce.
Also worth your while are Stuffed Shells, Gnocchi (stuffed with Asiago cheese, served with your choice of sauce) and Cavatappi, a D’Amato’s classic with grilled chicken breast, spinach, roasted garlic cream and Parmesan.
La Dolce Vita, located in Detroit, offers nearly a dozen different pasta dishes on its dinner menu. Your many choices include Chevre Cheese Alfredo (with a garlic Parmesan cream sauce), Linguine con le Vongole (tossed with clams and marinara or white sauce) and Penne Del Mezzogiorno (with Italian sausage, peppers, olives, spinach and Parmesan cheese).
Brunch is offered on Sundays, when you can order Fettuccine Florentine or the pasta of the day if you’re not feeling the typical omelet and French toast fare.
Magdaleno Ristorante is found in Wyandotte, where the authentic pasta menu will surely suit any Italian food lover. Classics like Lasagna Bolognese and Spaghetti Carbonara can be found, along with dishes like Penne alla Sorrentina (with roasted eggplant and marinara sauce) and Gemelli Norcina (pasta tossed with homemade Italian sausage, truffle oil and tomato cream sauce).
If you’re feeling indecisive, order the Signature Pasta Split—it comes with two of the chef’s specialty pastas, Gemelli Norcina and Cavatelli Funghi (with porcini and wild mushroom ragu).
El Barzon of Detroit stands out among the crowd because it combines Italian food with Cocina Poblana, or the cuisine of Puebla, Mexico.
Here, you’ll find fresh homemade pasta, including Fish Ravioli (filled with Mediterranean sea bass, served with scallops and shrimp in a white sauce), Fettuccine alla Bolognese and Gnocchi ala Gava (served with a cream sauce).
There are also Mexican specialties and tacos on the very same menu. P.S., Jack White was spotted dining here this past weekend, so reason enough to go.
Enjoy carbo-loading in Metro Detroit, whether it’s National Pasta Month or not!