We love our noodles. We really, really, really love our noodles. With Southern California going through a noodle renaissance of its own and March being the National Month of Noodles (cue Hallelujah Chorus) let’s take a gander at some of the best noodles dishes from cultures all around that these parts have to offer.
Jinny’s Pizzeria | Santa ana, CA
By now you know all about 4th St. Market (You do, don’t you? You do.), so it should come as no surprise that we want you to head straight over to Jinny’s. The menu is loaded with all kinds of great pies, slices, and garlic knots, but the reason you’re here is the spaghetti & meatball pizza. Perfectly al dente spaghetti + meatballs + basil + parmesan = a highly successful piece of pizza.
Burnt Crumbs | Pacific City & Los Olivos, CA
Sure you could walk into Burnt Crumbs and order one of their many excellent sandwiches (like the Crispy Pork Shoulder, with salsa verde, chili lime mayo, and chicharrones), but what you really want is the Spaghetti Grilled Cheese. Burnt Crumbs will do it up with pressed spaghetti and fresh mozzarella on sourdough, for a cool $9. Why did it take so long for somebody to think of that?
Prego Ristorante | Irvine, CA
Prego Ristorante in Irvine is doing special things to spaghetti in their kitchen. Though it’s virtually impossible to go wrong with anything on the menu, you’re guaranteed to win big time with the Spaghetti di Mare. The noods here are loaded with delicious tomato sauce, shrimp, scallops, manilla clams, and black mussels. You want that.
Mama D’s | Manhattan Beach & Newport Beach, CA
At Mama D’s, you can choose between angel hair, bow tie, rigatoni, fusilli, penne, fettuccini, and spaghetti (but since it’s National Spaghetti Day, you know what you’re choosing) for a number of dishes. They’re all great, but it’s hard to beat Mama Di’s original pink sauce, with fresh-grated parmesan and cream blended into marinara sauce. Thank you, Mama D.
Bestia |Arts District, CA
A lot of people say that Bestia is the best restaurant in LA, and a lot of people are on to something. Their Spaghetti Rustichella undoubtedly plays a huge part in that -- delicious homemade pasta with uni (sea urchin), garlic, Calabrian chilies, squid ink bottarga and thai basil. Make reservations now, ‘cause it’s still one of the hardest spots to get into.
Angelini Osteria | Fairfax, CA
Angelini Osteria is famous for a whole lot of reasons, but it’s impossible to deny that one of them is their Spaghetti Chitarra (doubly so if you let the sommelier pair a great wine with it). Get over there right quick to experience it yourself: excellent spaghetti with black truffles, sausage, and parmigiano reggiano.
The Carving Board | Tarzana, West LA, & Hollywood, CA
Ramen burgers work very well. We all know this. It only makes sense that The Carving Board decided to go the same route, but with spaghetti. Get over to The Carving Board to try their Spaghetti and Meatballwich for a beautiful monstrosity loaded with sliced all-beef meatballs, mozzarella, and homemade marinara, all between parmesan spaghetti bread (exactly what is sounds like). With even more marinara sauce on the side, of course.
Wilder Shaw is an LA-based food writer and comedian who doesn’t understand why more food isn’t in stringy, tube form and covered in marinara. Check out his noodle adventures on Instagram at @wildershaw and Twitter at @WilderShaw_.
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