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The 16 Best Restaurants to Order Pasta in NYC

 From luxe linguine to modernized cacio e pepe.

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One could argue that pasta is almost everyone’s preferred comfort food. Just think: Do you know anyone who dislikes it? Here in New York, it’s available in a dizzying variety of styles, from swanky restaurants’ must-try dishes to unique options from buzzy new cafes. For one of the city’s most sought-after foods, you’ll need a rundown on the best of the best so you won’t have to waste your time on trial and error.

Ahead: some of our favorite restaurants to score seriously delicious pasta, all available on DoorDash for your ordering convenience. Sample the wide world of noodles without ever leaving the coziness of your couch.

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Nestled on a quiet corner of 114th Street is Rao’s: a 10-table Italian staple. Known for being exclusive, elusive, and filled with New York’s VIPs, the NYC icon has it all, from creamy pasta alla vodka and chicken parmigiana to linguine topped with garlicky chopped clams. Ordering for a fam? Try the trays of chicken marinara or a half pan of gemelli pasta topped with pesto-covered grilled chicken slices. You may not spot a celebrity from home, but the food is A-list enough.

Italian food in white serving dishes spread out over a wooden dining table Courtesy of Rao’s

Locals already know that this is “the spot,” so let us tell you what’s worth the wait. Crispy chicken parm hero sandwiches, the restaurant’s specialty, are practically perfect, and there are tasty mozzarella sticks, bundles of buttery garlic bread, and Italian fries for fantastic side options. Feeling hungrier than hungry? Opt for bowls of pesto rotini or penne scampi.

pesto covered pasta shells in white dinner bowl Courtesy of Parm

Sant Ambroeus

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The pasta choices at this great Italian restaurant (there are five locations in Manhattan) have remained true to Milanese origins — and it’s damn genius. So are the traditional bolognese bowls, spaghetti carbonara, pan-seared Faroe Islands salmon salads, and Swiss cheese sandwiches. You can order their in-house extra virgin olive oil, too.

Delicious plate of spaghetti alla carbonara Courtesy of Sant Ambroeus

Felice 83

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This hip restaurant has romantic vibes, and you can still capture that feeling when enjoying the lush meals during a date night at home. Fettuccine alla bolognese and fresh artisanal fusilli make for perfect entrees, after shared plates of housemade veal meatballs and sauteed garlicky spinach. Owner Jacopo Giustiniani knows you’ll feel and taste the flavors of Tuscany here.

pesto gnocchi in a brown bowl for dinner Courtesy of Felice 83

dell'anima

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Tucked into a tiny corner on 11th Avenue is dell’anima — a decade-old Italian eatery that usually draws in upscale New York folk. If you can’t squeeze in a reservation, then ordering in is the next best thing. Feast your eyes (and your stomach) on popular dishes like confit potatoes, roasted red pepper ravioli, and risotto topped with housemade sausage and pecorino romano.

Plate of fresh spaghetti with a glass of red wine Courtesy of dell’anima

Ruby's Cafe

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Established in 2002, Ruby’s prides itself on using fresh, local products with an Australian culinary twist. Despite having an assortment of cuisines (like sandwiches and rice bowls), Ruby’s has earned a devout following for its expertly crafted pasta selection. Go for creamy chicken pasta or Blue Swimmer Crab linguine, made with herb butter and charred scallions.

White bowl of delicious meat pasta noodles

Eataly needs no introduction. With locations across New York City, this Italian-focused marketplace also can be found on DoorDash for home delivery. Prepare for an evening of comfort food with all the pizza your stomach can handle — from sausage-covered to classic Margherita Verace. And, don’t miss the beloved antipasti options, ranging from burrata to housemade focaccia.

Pasta alla Norma in dinner plate Courtesy of Eataly

Da Umberto

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If you’re looking for an old-school joint, then look no further than da Umberto. It’s one of NYC’s top Italian restaurants (since 1987), so you can expect all the traditional dishes to taste as good as they smell. Balancing old-world charm with contemporary twists, the menu boasts spicy vodka-sauce pennette, spaghetti with clams, and truffle ravioli.

plate of fresh classic spaghetti Courtesy of Da Umberto

Charlie Bird

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This restaurant’s expertly crafted menu was developed by Chef Ryan Hardy: a pasta-maker, pizza designer, and overall food connoisseur. Expect dishes that are distinctly Italian with a New York twist, providing fans with entrees like gnocchi rosa, spicy ragu cavatelli, and rich agnolotti topped with charred corn and black garlic.

Triangoli with Crescenza, Black Trumpet & Kale Courtesy of Charlie Bird

Forma Pasta Factory

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Forma is a unique spot. For one point, it all began in a quiet Brooklyn basement. For another point, the pasta is manufactured every day, out in the open, making it a true pasta factory. (Chef Amit Rabinovich has crafted a dough that cooks as quickly as fresh pasta but features the sturdiness of dried noodles.) Diners can choose from dishes like pipette ragu with a creamy herb sauce, fettuccine with sauteed wild mushrooms, and classic spaghetti topped with fresh basil. 

Two plates of Italian food on a black and white placemat Courtesy of Forma Pasta Factory

Rubirosa

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Bridging the gap between old Nolita and new, this cozy eatery has become a staple for the neighborhood. Inspired by family recipes, AJ Pappalardo’s menu offers plenty of choices for pizza and pasta enthusiasts. A slew of Italian favorites like pesto gnocchi, ricotta ravioli, and sausage rigatoni round out the options.

Chitarra alle Vongole with clams Courtesy of Rubirosa

Helmed by seasoned chef Albert Di Meglio, Barano is South Williamsburg’s wood-fired Italian restaurant utilizing wood-burning ovens and open-fire grills. Putting a spin on the classic dishes he grew up eating, Di Meglio’s handmade pasta (like cacio e pepe ravioli, spaghetti alla chitarra, and bolognese with braised dry-aged beef) is worth an order. For shareable apps, try the dry-aged meatballs, house-pickled vegetables, or traditional caesar salad.

plate of egg-topped pasta noodles Courtesy of Barano

Frankies 457 Spuntino

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Enjoy all that Tuscany has to offer without ever leaving your apartment. Opened in 2004 by Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli, this restaurant is considered one of the top spots to grab authentic Italian cuisine. And it lives up to the hype with ricotta cavatelli, vegetarian lasagna, and braised lamb served over ribbon pasta. Deciding what to order is the hardest part. 

A fresh bowl of bolognese pasta Courtesy of Frankies 457 Spuntino

Via Carota

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Cherished downtown chefs Jody Williams and Rita Sodi helm this spot, cooking deeply appealing Italian food. In true gastroteca fashion, this spot is open all day long — the perfect place for ordering comfort food after a night spent dancing. Here, you’ll find the menu is as vast as the wine list, with pasta options ranging from tagliatelle topped with fresh peas and prosciutto to cacio e pepe.

creamy pasta on white plate Courtesy of Via Carota

Lil' Frankie's

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There’s a dish for every type of eater at this old-school Italian eatery. Besides traditional New York dishes like saucy pizza and wood-roasted chicken, pasta-lovers will be elated to know Spaghetti Limone (noodles tossed in lemon and Parmigiano-Reggiano), fresh penne, and chicken Parmigiano are on the menu. Order yours with a side of crispy garlic bread.

A white bowl of spinach-stuffed ravioli covered in sauce. Courtesy of Lil’ Frankie’s

L'Artusi

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With a food menu as vast as the wine offerings, you won’t order from L’Artusi and feel dissatisfied afterward. The restaurant offers a modern take on traditional Italian cuisine, and the options available to your door are just as delicious. Order homemade jars containing Bolognese, mushroom ragu, and spicy tomato sauce with pancetta to perfect your at-home pasta game.

A hefty sampling of various Italian dishes, all on white plates. Courtesy of L’Artusi
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Rao's

Nestled on a quiet corner of 114th Street is Rao’s: a 10-table Italian staple. Known for being exclusive, elusive, and filled with New York’s VIPs, the NYC icon has it all, from creamy pasta alla vodka and chicken parmigiana to linguine topped with garlicky chopped clams. Ordering for a fam? Try the trays of chicken marinara or a half pan of gemelli pasta topped with pesto-covered grilled chicken slices. You may not spot a celebrity from home, but the food is A-list enough.

Italian food in white serving dishes spread out over a wooden dining table Courtesy of Rao’s

Parm

Locals already know that this is “the spot,” so let us tell you what’s worth the wait. Crispy chicken parm hero sandwiches, the restaurant’s specialty, are practically perfect, and there are tasty mozzarella sticks, bundles of buttery garlic bread, and Italian fries for fantastic side options. Feeling hungrier than hungry? Opt for bowls of pesto rotini or penne scampi.

pesto covered pasta shells in white dinner bowl Courtesy of Parm

Sant Ambroeus

The pasta choices at this great Italian restaurant (there are five locations in Manhattan) have remained true to Milanese origins — and it’s damn genius. So are the traditional bolognese bowls, spaghetti carbonara, pan-seared Faroe Islands salmon salads, and Swiss cheese sandwiches. You can order their in-house extra virgin olive oil, too.

Delicious plate of spaghetti alla carbonara Courtesy of Sant Ambroeus

Felice 83

This hip restaurant has romantic vibes, and you can still capture that feeling when enjoying the lush meals during a date night at home. Fettuccine alla bolognese and fresh artisanal fusilli make for perfect entrees, after shared plates of housemade veal meatballs and sauteed garlicky spinach. Owner Jacopo Giustiniani knows you’ll feel and taste the flavors of Tuscany here.

pesto gnocchi in a brown bowl for dinner Courtesy of Felice 83

dell'anima

Tucked into a tiny corner on 11th Avenue is dell’anima — a decade-old Italian eatery that usually draws in upscale New York folk. If you can’t squeeze in a reservation, then ordering in is the next best thing. Feast your eyes (and your stomach) on popular dishes like confit potatoes, roasted red pepper ravioli, and risotto topped with housemade sausage and pecorino romano.

Plate of fresh spaghetti with a glass of red wine Courtesy of dell’anima

Ruby's Cafe

Established in 2002, Ruby’s prides itself on using fresh, local products with an Australian culinary twist. Despite having an assortment of cuisines (like sandwiches and rice bowls), Ruby’s has earned a devout following for its expertly crafted pasta selection. Go for creamy chicken pasta or Blue Swimmer Crab linguine, made with herb butter and charred scallions.

White bowl of delicious meat pasta noodles

Eataly

Eataly needs no introduction. With locations across New York City, this Italian-focused marketplace also can be found on DoorDash for home delivery. Prepare for an evening of comfort food with all the pizza your stomach can handle — from sausage-covered to classic Margherita Verace. And, don’t miss the beloved antipasti options, ranging from burrata to housemade focaccia.

Pasta alla Norma in dinner plate Courtesy of Eataly

Da Umberto

If you’re looking for an old-school joint, then look no further than da Umberto. It’s one of NYC’s top Italian restaurants (since 1987), so you can expect all the traditional dishes to taste as good as they smell. Balancing old-world charm with contemporary twists, the menu boasts spicy vodka-sauce pennette, spaghetti with clams, and truffle ravioli.

plate of fresh classic spaghetti Courtesy of Da Umberto

Charlie Bird

This restaurant’s expertly crafted menu was developed by Chef Ryan Hardy: a pasta-maker, pizza designer, and overall food connoisseur. Expect dishes that are distinctly Italian with a New York twist, providing fans with entrees like gnocchi rosa, spicy ragu cavatelli, and rich agnolotti topped with charred corn and black garlic.

Triangoli with Crescenza, Black Trumpet & Kale Courtesy of Charlie Bird

Forma Pasta Factory

Forma is a unique spot. For one point, it all began in a quiet Brooklyn basement. For another point, the pasta is manufactured every day, out in the open, making it a true pasta factory. (Chef Amit Rabinovich has crafted a dough that cooks as quickly as fresh pasta but features the sturdiness of dried noodles.) Diners can choose from dishes like pipette ragu with a creamy herb sauce, fettuccine with sauteed wild mushrooms, and classic spaghetti topped with fresh basil. 

Two plates of Italian food on a black and white placemat Courtesy of Forma Pasta Factory

Rubirosa

Bridging the gap between old Nolita and new, this cozy eatery has become a staple for the neighborhood. Inspired by family recipes, AJ Pappalardo’s menu offers plenty of choices for pizza and pasta enthusiasts. A slew of Italian favorites like pesto gnocchi, ricotta ravioli, and sausage rigatoni round out the options.

Chitarra alle Vongole with clams Courtesy of Rubirosa

Barano

Helmed by seasoned chef Albert Di Meglio, Barano is South Williamsburg’s wood-fired Italian restaurant utilizing wood-burning ovens and open-fire grills. Putting a spin on the classic dishes he grew up eating, Di Meglio’s handmade pasta (like cacio e pepe ravioli, spaghetti alla chitarra, and bolognese with braised dry-aged beef) is worth an order. For shareable apps, try the dry-aged meatballs, house-pickled vegetables, or traditional caesar salad.

plate of egg-topped pasta noodles Courtesy of Barano

Frankies 457 Spuntino

Enjoy all that Tuscany has to offer without ever leaving your apartment. Opened in 2004 by Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli, this restaurant is considered one of the top spots to grab authentic Italian cuisine. And it lives up to the hype with ricotta cavatelli, vegetarian lasagna, and braised lamb served over ribbon pasta. Deciding what to order is the hardest part. 

A fresh bowl of bolognese pasta Courtesy of Frankies 457 Spuntino

Via Carota

Cherished downtown chefs Jody Williams and Rita Sodi helm this spot, cooking deeply appealing Italian food. In true gastroteca fashion, this spot is open all day long — the perfect place for ordering comfort food after a night spent dancing. Here, you’ll find the menu is as vast as the wine list, with pasta options ranging from tagliatelle topped with fresh peas and prosciutto to cacio e pepe.

creamy pasta on white plate Courtesy of Via Carota

Lil' Frankie's

There’s a dish for every type of eater at this old-school Italian eatery. Besides traditional New York dishes like saucy pizza and wood-roasted chicken, pasta-lovers will be elated to know Spaghetti Limone (noodles tossed in lemon and Parmigiano-Reggiano), fresh penne, and chicken Parmigiano are on the menu. Order yours with a side of crispy garlic bread.

A white bowl of spinach-stuffed ravioli covered in sauce. Courtesy of Lil’ Frankie’s

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L'Artusi

With a food menu as vast as the wine offerings, you won’t order from L’Artusi and feel dissatisfied afterward. The restaurant offers a modern take on traditional Italian cuisine, and the options available to your door are just as delicious. Order homemade jars containing Bolognese, mushroom ragu, and spicy tomato sauce with pancetta to perfect your at-home pasta game.

A hefty sampling of various Italian dishes, all on white plates. Courtesy of L’Artusi