Today is National Pasta Day! Wondering how to celebrate? Hit up these spots for some of the yummiest pasta around:
Grato, West Palm Beach
The pasta that stands out: Bucatini Carbonara.
When chef Clay Conley (of Buccan Palm Beach fame) and his partners opened a casual neighborhood trattoria near the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, he zeroed in on two specialties: pizza and pasta.
For the thin-crust pizza, there’s a glowing, wood-burning oven. For the pasta, there’s a nifty brass-die pasta extruder. This is the contraption that gives the pasta’s surface a kind of matte texture that helps sauce adhere. So this hearty tangle of thick bucatini is no average pasta. The carbonara coating is smoky with ham and bacon and made unctuous once you break the egg yolk that crowns the dish. Bright pops of green peas and chopped basil complete the dish.
Grato: 1901 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561-404-1334.
Marcello’s La Sirena, West Palm Beach
La Sirena is more than your neighborhood Italian restaurant. It’s a global destination. That’s thanks to the West Palm Beach restaurant’s extensive wine selection. For the second consecutive year, La Sirena just earned a rare Grand Award from Wine Spectator magazine. The restaurant now has an updated dining room and, according to chef/owner Marcello Fiorentino, expanded food and wine options.
Fiorentino, who spent three weeks in Italy last month as part of his annual search for culinary inspiration, has planned a new series of La Sirena’s popular wine dinners.
Lynora’s, West Palm Beach
Lynora’s manages to achieve a cozy, old-soul feel within a considerably spacious locale in downtown West Palm Beach. The Clematis Street spot welcomes you warmly and feeds you splendidly.
You’ll find no rambling menu or fussy dishes here. But you will find freshly prepared classics that include delicious house-made pasta dishes and wood-fired pizza.
If this approachable eatery feels like an old soul, that’s because it is. Owner Angelo Abbenante and his family find their inspiration in the now-closed Lynora’s of Lake Worth Road, the red-sauce restaurant once owned by Abbenante’s Italian immigrant parents, Ralph and Maria. (Lynora’s is named after Maria’s mother.)