October 17, 2022 – 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, innovation, and being 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.
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.
Hours of Operation: Monday through Sunday, 7 am – 2 pm, 4 pm – 10 pm; Bar menu only Sunday through Tuesday, 4 pm – 10 pm
Patchwork, a lively restaurant and bar focused on New American cuisine, nestled on the second floor of Hyatt Centric Center City Philadelphia, serves a variety of 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) featuring perfectly-grilled Jersey corn, cauliflower broccolini, and tomato basil butter, making it a plate to write home about.
Hours of Operation: Brunch Saturday through Sunday, 7 am – 2 pm; Dinner Sunday through Thursday, 5 pm – 9 pm; Friday through Saturday, 5 pm– 10 pm.
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. Additionally, this little slice of Italy serves upRicotta Cavatelliwith 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.
Hours of Operation: Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday 5 – 10 pm; Friday and Saturday 5-11 pm
Stella 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 whilst enjoying these warm, robust pasta dishes.
Hours of operation: Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday from 4 – 9 pm, Friday and Saturday from 4 – 10 pm, and weekend brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am – 2 pm.
Red Owl Tavern, the contemporary kitchen and bar located across Independence Hall, is celebrating 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.
Hours of Operation: Breakfast Monday through Friday, 7:30 am – 10:45 am; Lunch Monday through Friday, 11:30 am – 4:30 pm; Dinner Monday through Tuesday, 4:30 pm – 9 pm; Thursday through Friday, 4:30 pm – 10 pm; Saturday, 5 pm – 10 pm, Brunch Saturday, 8 am – 4 pm; Sunday 8 am– 3 pm
– Madison Militello