Noodling around for ideas on where to celebrate National Spaghetti Day on January 4? Lucky for you, Birmingham has plenty of pasta-bilities. Here are 10 spots to get the perfect Italian comfort food via takeout and curbside pickup.
1. Amore Ristorante Italiano
Amore is Italian for love, so you can expect to have strong feelings for this restaurant.
Check out Amore Ristorante Italiano‘s curbside menu for several tasty options including:
- Sautéed Vegetable Pasta for $22
- Smoked Salmon Pasta for $24
For the kids, try the Pasta with Butter Sauce for $14.
2. Bellinis Ristorante & Bar
Sure, you can opt for classic spaghetti noodles with tomato sauce. But what about jazzing up that bowl of noodles with one of these dishes from Bellinis Ristorante?
- Amalfi: linguine, grape tomatoes, fresh herbs, garlic, lemon + white wine sauce. Price – $14 | Add Chicken ($18), Shrimp ($28), Gulf Grouper ($36)
- Linguine + Meatballs: housemade meatballs + marinara. Price – $18
- Penne Chicken Alla Vodka: grilled, pancetta, shallots, tomato, reggiano + cream. Price – $20
3. Bottega Cafe
For spaghetti so good it’s pre-pasta-rous, it has to be the spaghetti carbonara from Bottega Cafe. Pair it with a salad and the focaccia and bottega-inflused olive oil for a truly sumptuous meal. Price – $19
Put that box of spaghetti noodles down and step away from the stove. For noodles made from scratch, order in from Bettola.
Peek their menu for all sorts of taste explosive dishes, including many that are perfect for the day—or week—after National Spaghetti Day.
5. Bongiorno Italian Restaurant
Love options? That’s just what you’ll find on the menu at Bongiorno. To prove it, here are three choices to consider this National Spaghetti Day:
- Baked Spaghetti with mushrooms, meat sauce + mozzarella. Price – $10.95
- Spaghetti Primavera with broccoli, zucchini, peas, mushroom + tomato. Price – $10.95/$12.95
- Spaghetti con Filetti di Pomodoro with fresh tomato, shallots + basil. Price – $11.95
6. Gianmarco’s Restaurant
Family owned and operated, Gianmarco’s Restaurant is favored by locals for its fine Italian cuisine. To please your belly this National Spaghetti Day, order the Spaghetti & Sunday Sauce with meatballs, sausage, sugo (sauce) and parmesan. Price – $18
7. Guiseppe’s Cafe
Nothing beats traditional spaghetti and meatballs and you can get it at Giuseppe’s Cafe.
Spaghetti is cooked al dente, served with homemade sauce and comes with your choice of marinara sauce, meat sauce, meatballs or sausage. Price – $13
Don’t forget the bread! Choose from garlic bread ($2.50), breadsticks ($4) or cheese bread ($5).
8. The Essential
When spaghetti is the required meal on Monday, January 4, where else would you go than The Essential? This popular eatery offers a variety of noodle-inspired comfort dishes that are pasta-lively amazing.
If you’re seeking a bit more heft than the standard spaghetti noodle provides, try their Rigatoni Bolognese with chorizo bolognese, creme fraiche + manchego. Price – $18
Don’t waste a lick of that sauce! Order the sourdough bread for ultimate dipping.
9. The Filling Station
Pizza may be a popular choice at The Filling Station, but the pastas are all the rave, too.
For the meat lover and veggie fan, I have two must-try dishes for you:
- Spaghetti & Meatballs: spaghetti noodles tossed in Mama Lorino’s marinara, topped with two homemade meatballs + parmesan cheese. Served with a garlic breadstick. Price – $12
- Veggie Pasta: spaghetti pasta with caramelized onions, golden mushrooms, topped with grilled eggplant + fresh parmesan. Served with a garlic breadstick. Choice of sauce includes marinara, Alfredo, or make it vegan with Thai peanut sauce. Price – $14.
10. Trattoria Zaza
Since National Spaghetti Day falls on a Monday, Trattoria Zaza‘s Monday special of Spaghetti Carbonara is the perfect choice.
This dish features pancetta, Brussels, apples, pecorino + parsley. Price – $12.