Pasta Recommendations for Race Weekend
While the Flying Pig is not hosting an official Pasta Party this year, Greater Cincinnati has a number of great pasta-centric restaurants that will satisfy your carbo-loading cravings on Flying Pig weekend. Here’s a list of some of the most popular restaurants in our area where you can feed your pasta needs: (we suggest reservations at the restaurants that take them)
Pompilios, 600 Washington Ave. Newport Ky
Pompilios’ claim to fame is appearing in a scene from the Academy award winning movie Rain Man with Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. If you love their Italian sauces, you’ll be glad to know you can order them on line.
Via Vite, 520 Vine St. Cincinnati OH
Via Vite is in the heart of the city, right on Fountain Square. Via Vite offers an authentic Italian dining experience in the heart of downtown. Pasta, crispy calamari and more are available.
Pepp & Dolores, 1501 Vine St. Cincinnati OH
Pepp & Dolores offers casual Italian fare in the Over-The-Rhine section of Cincinnati, just north of downtown. The menu features housemade pastas, curated wines and cherished family recipes.
Scotti’s Italian Restaurant, 919 Vine St. Cincinnati OH
Scotti’s has been a local favorite for Italian classics since 1912 with the old fashioned red checkered tablecloths and neighborhood ambiance. Make sure you get reservations as this restaurant fills up quickly.
Primavista, 810 Matson Pl. Cincinnati OH
Want your pasta with an amazing view of downtown? Primavista is the place. Voted time and time again as the area’s “Best Italian Restaurant,” Primavista offers everything from pizza to ravioli to spaghetti.
Nicola’s, 1420 Sycamore St. Cincinnati OH
Located just north of downtown in Over-the-Rhine, Nicola’s Ristorante Italiano has long been a fine dining staple of the city during its 20+ years of operation. Some of its most popular dishes include Potato Gnocchi, Tagliatelle alla Bolognese and Mushroom and Ricotta Gnudi.
Ferrari’s Little Italy, 7677 Golf Terrace, Madeira OH
If you’re staying on the east side of Cincinnati, a good choice is Ferrari’s Little Italy & Bakery in the heart of Madeira. Ferrari’s is an authentic Italian restaurant featuring Northern and Southern cuisine and generous portions. Family owned, its family style dining will be perfect for your group’s evening dinner.
LaRosa’s, Over 60 locations
With more than 60 locations in the area, there is bound to be a LaRosa’s close to where you’re staying. Its formal name may be LaRosa’s Pizzeria, but the restaurants have been serving up real Italian family recipes along with its pizza since 1954. Available for dine in, delivery or carry out.
Sorrento’s Italian Joint, 5143 Montgomery Rd., Norwood OH
Sorrento’s Norwood has been an icon in the Cincinnati community since it was founded by Enrico and Santina DeLuca in 1956. Pizza, pasta, freshly-made salads and sandwiches are just the beginning. There also are classic Italian dishes, appetizers and salads that round out this “Italian Joint.”
Subito at The Lytle Park Hotel, 311 Pike St., Cincinnati OH
Just off downtown and within walking distance of most of the hotels, Subito offers Northern Italian cuisine with homemade pastas, scratch-made sauces, steaks, fresh seafood and brick over pizzas.