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Craving Pasta? Don't Limit Yourself to Italian

From Gulf Coast to Japanese cuisines, these are some of our favorite places to indulge in a bowl.

By Beth Levine October 9, 2017

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Skip the cresta di gallo in favor of something new at Provisions.

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No matter how much we hear that carbs are really just another word for sugar, we all have those moments when we want nothing more than a delectable plate of pasta. While getting a heaping plate of some of the best pasta in town might traditionally mean a visit to one of your local Italian eateries, we recently got our pasta fix at some of these noteworthy non-Italian hot spots with the following dishes. Here’s our round-up of what you should be eating.


Most Houstonians have been to either the fine dining side (The Pass) or the more casual counterpart (Provisions) of this dual restaurant. Lately, Provisions has been seriously stepping up their pasta game. While the menu has had cresta di gallo (cock's combs) on it for some time, chefs Terrence Gallivan and Seth Siegel-Gardner added the English pea cavatappi this summer and it’s a winner: a heaping bowl of pea-green pasta swirls mixed with garlic and pecorino, topped off with a Yonder Way Farm egg. Since you can get a half-order of the cresta, why not splurge and get both pastas on your next visit?


Nestled away on Colquitt Street in Montrose, this little neighborhood gem has a diverse menu, featuring seasonal rotations and themed one-off menus. One of the staples on the regular menu, though, is Nonno’s Pasta, comprised of tagliatelle, Bolognese and fresh Parmesan mixed together to create a simple, yet rich-tasting dish. And if you are feeling extra decadent on your visit to Nobie’s, start off your meal with their Old Fashioned Chicken Liver Mousse appetizer, worth every calorie.

Better Luck Tomorrow

While BLT might be known for Bobby Heugel's libations over Oxheart founder Justin Yu's food selection, they recently started serving cacio e pepe on Tuesday nights, especially for those Coltivare diehards who are without a home when the popular Italian spot is closed on Tuesdays. We know it’s not on the menu, but trust us, it’s there and it’s worth the trip on its own. 


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State of Grace

This popular River Oaks dining destination has five pastas to choose from on the current dinner menu, but the standout is yet another cacio e pepe, this time made with bucatini. Chef Bobby Matos' take on this classic pasta staple is simply fantastic. Since a picture truly is worth a thousand words, take a gander at SOG’s recent Instagram post of this dish (above) and then go, right now. 

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Weights + Measures gets more attention for its pizzas, but don't miss the pasta.

Weights + Measures

If you read our recent post on the pasta magic happening over at W + M, then you know chef-owner Richard Kaplan takes his craft very seriously. While there is more than one pasta to choose from on the menu, we are currently in love with the Gorgonzola dolce ravioli, adorned with toasted hazelnuts, caramelized granny smith apples, sage butter and chives. As this is not one of the larger plates on the menu, we suggest pairing it with their Whitewater mussels, which, by the way, are some of the biggest mussels in town. 


With seating for only 50, Roost is known for being cozy and for chef Kevin Naderi's constantly revised menus (he aims for a new one every three weeks or so). There's almost always a pasta selection on the “To Share or Not…” section and our current pick is the Paulie’s Pasta, dressed with fresh corn, artichoke, dill and parsley, purple peas and olive tapenade.

Kata Robata

The only dish from an Asian restaurant on the list (we would need a whole other list to cover the wider world of noodles), Kata’s miso lobster mac 'n' cheese is in a class all its own. With a cheese sauce concocted  of Parmesan, Marieke Gouda and Veldhuizen cheddar mixed with panko and miso, this is not your ordinary mac-and-cheese. Available only on the dinner menu, for $19, this dish makes a great starter to share or an entrée for one.

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