Five Spots for Pasta on National Pasta Day October 17
Oct 16 2020

Five Spots for Pasta on National Pasta Day October 17

By: Brhea Washington

If you love Italian food, you're in for a treat, as October 17 is National Pasta Day. Usually made with just flour and water, pasta can be combined with limitless ingredients and sauces to create an infinite number of dishes. According to Taste Atlas, some of the most popular pasta dishes in America are macaroni and cheese, spaghetti and meatballs, and baked ziti. There are, however, over 350 different types of pasta that vary by name, shape, and the region of the world they come from. If you feel like you're missing out on all the assortments of pasta you may not have tried yet, here is a list of five spots where you can experience pasta that you know and love or discover a new favorite.

Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa serves a taste of Italy within the French Quarter through its Italian dishes. The inside interior is filled with colorful portraits of Mona Lisa on the walls, many created by the very same patrons who eat there. Located a block away from Bourbon Street, Mona Lisa has supplied the city with delicious pasta for over 35 years. The restaurant offers a wide spread of Italian-American cuisine, from pizza and calzones to bruschetta and traditional garlic bread. Their entrees also include a variety of pastas, such as New Orleans-style Mardi Gras pasta with shrimp and andouille sausage, or your traditional pasta primavera, lasagna, linguini with baby clams, and many more. You will be more than happy to get your pasta fill in this fun and intimate environment. 1212 Royal St., (504) 522-6746,


For over 40 years, Giorlando's has been a renowned Italian favorite in Metairie that provides customers with delicious Italian recipes that have spanned generations. Their recipes have been passed down through their family and are made fresh daily from scratch. Giorlando's has been family-owned and -operated since 1972, with generations ensuring that their menu is innovate yet also showcases your favorite Italian dishes. They offer a wide scope of options, including pasta meals such as old-fashioned meatballs and spaghetti, shrimp or crawfish ravioli, grilled chicken tomato basil pasta, and other tasty pasta plates. You can enjoy both great food and a casual atmosphere at Giorlando's, and they welcome everyone to dine in their family-oriented establishment. 741 Bonnabel Blvd., Metairie, (504) 835-8593,

Arabella Casa Di Pasta

Opened in 2014, Arabella Casa Di Pasta provides patrons with fresh handmade pastas with delicious sauces and healthy proteins. From locally sourced food and produce to organic chicken and grass-fed beef, clean eating has never been tastier. Their build-your-own pasta bowls in their vibrant interior of pop culture and comics create a unique and flavorful experience unlike any other. Taste their signature pasta dishes, such as "The Spaghettisburg Address," or classic spaghetti and meatballs; or"The Chewbroccoli" with fusilli pasta, funghi sauce, and broccoli. Or create your own pasta bowl with the pasta, sauce, and add-on sides of your choosing, and you can even get a whole "take-n-bake" lasagna to bake in the comfort of your own home. 2258 St. Claude Ave., (504) 533-9223,

Rizzuto's Ristorante & Chop House

Rizzuto's mission has been to ensure that each guest leaves as family, by providing authentic cuisine that distinguishes their dishes from the rest. Their menu invites you to indulge your senses through the Rizzuto family's culinary tradition of Italian dishes that began in Sicily. You can experience Italian classics, such as chicken marsala with pasta agliolio or chicken parmesan with pasta marinara. Pasta-lovers can enjoy other pasta options, such as their clam pasta; Bolognese; fra diavolo with rigatoni; seafood lasagna with shrimp, crawfish, and crab; and more delicious dishes. You can also get your pasta for delivery, for a nice Italian meal brought straight to your door. 6262 Fleur de Lis Dr., (504) 300-1804,

Happy Italian Pizzeria

Happy Italian emphasizes fresh ingredients to provide guests with tasty Italian-inspired dishes. This pizzeria has fresh and locally sourced ingredients to make delectable pizzas, paninis, calzones, and pastas. With far more than just pizza, their menu offers a wide range of made-from-scratch dishes to satisfy your craving for appetizing Italian food. You can get your fill of pasta entrée items, such as baked ziti, classic linguine, wild mushroom ravioli, and fettuccine alfredo, and all their pasta dishes are chock full of flavorful ingredients. 7105 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan, (504) 305-4666,


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