10 Places to Get Your Italian Fix Near Campus

Celina Khorma

Fusilli, penne, tagliatelle, rigatoni, pappardelle — we love all shapes and sizes, and we know you do too. Lucky for us, a lifetime supply of different pasta dishes to try awaits us not too far from campus.

San Marzano

117 Second Ave.

They get straight to the point at San Marzano. First, choose your pasta, with options ranging from spaghetti to gluten-free tagliatelle, then choose a sauce, one crowd favorite being the alla norma, and boom — you have your custom entree. Whatever combination you opt for, make sure to pair it with the bottomless sangria if you’re 21 or older.

Bar Primi

325 Bowery St.

This NoHo Italian spot is a neighborhood favorite and its wide selection of pasta dishes is one of the main reasons why. Go classic with the pomodoro or bold with the squid ink campanelle and savor every bite in the rustic, warm atmosphere. If you’re of age, be sure to pair your meal with some refreshing frose.

Cacio e Pepe

182 Second Ave.

Love pasta? Love cheese? Love both of them steaming away together inside a parmesan wheel as the chef sprinkles in pepper and — surprise — more cheese, right in front of you? Then order what Cacio e Pepe does best: the cacio e pepe. But if you’re in the mood for a lighter pasta dish, the chilled lemon linguine with shrimp is a citrusy dream.

Trattoria Spaghetto

232 Bleecker St.

It’s all in the name — at Trattoria Spaghetto, expect nothing but an extensive selection of pasta dishes, all of which are guaranteed to satisfy. From lasagne to ravioli to eggplant parmesan and everything in between, this West Village eatery has it all for mostly under $17.

Bar Pitti

268 6th Ave.

Meals at Bar Pitti are all the same. You bask in your bougie-ness as you order the immensely popular but not overrated creamy tomato pappardelle, sit patiently while you await a celeb sighting, check your wallet to see if you’re carrying any cash and all the while wonder why the Italian waiters never give you the time of day. And you love every minute of it.

Pasta Wiz

126 Macdougal St.

Organic is the word at Pasta Wiz, a MacDougal Street favorite that prides itself on their healthy approach to an indulgent cuisine. It’s a fast, casual spot, making it perfect for an in-between-class energy booster. Try their “low/no calorie, soy-free, gluten-free, cholesterol-free vegan shirataki noodle, made from the konjac yam in Japan,” which, according to their website, is the option getting all the “buzz.”

Senza Gluten

206 Sullivan St.

Dietary restrictions have become synonymous with New York City millennial culture but not so much with the gluten-heavy Italian cuisine. Senza Gluten, though, knows that pasta is too hard to give up, even for the gluten intolerant, and its menu is a testament to that. Go for the penne pomodoro if you’re pining for light, earthy flavors or the risotto ai funghi for creamier galore.

Aunt Jake’s

47 W 8th St.

Making fresh pasta by hand each day is not easy, but Aunt Jake’s, which recently opened a spot in Greenwich Village, does it anyway. There’s no singular pasta menu here. Simply create your own dish by matching your choice of pasta to one of their sauce options, like the chicken bolognese, for full satisfaction — or allow the restaurant to take charge and select from one of their pasta specials.

Raviolo

57 7th Ave. South

Is ravioli pasta? Is it dim sum? Raviolo celebrates that odd uncertainty with their extensive selection, as well as offering other Italian delicacies that are hard to categorize. Order their bun-bolonis, which are steamed buns that come in either pesto, cacio e pepe or bolognese. If you’re really hungry, hit the trifecta with the pesto, carbonara and red amatriciana pasta combo, meant to be shared among two to three eaters.

Gnoccheria

234 East 4th St.

Gnocchi, the moist, fluffy and creamy pasta that melts in your mouth with each bite, gets all the credit it deserves at Gnoccheria. Most menus only have one gnocchi option but here you can select from a wide range of either tomato, creamy or cheesy goodness. Not a fan of gnocchi? There are equally tasty pasta dishes, like the bolognese, too.

Fusilli, penne, tagliatelle, rigatoni, pappardelle — we love all shapes and sizes, and we know you do too. Lucky for us, a lifetime supply of different pasta dishes to try awaits us not too far from campus.

San Marzano 
117 Second Avenue
They get straight to the point at San Marzano. First, choose your pasta, with options ranging from spaghetti to gluten-free tagliatelle, then choose a sauce, one crowd favorite being the alla norma, and boom — you have your custom entree. Whatever combination you opt for, make sure to pair it with the bottomless sangria if you’re 21 or older.

Bar Primi
325 Bowery
This NoHo Italian spot is a neighborhood favorite and its wide selection of pasta dishes is one of the main reasons why. Go classic with the pomodoro or bold with the squid ink campanelle and savor every bite in the rustic, warm atmosphere. If you’re of age, be sure to pair your meal with some refreshing frose.

Cacio e Pepe
182 Second Ave
Love pasta? Love cheese? Love both of them steaming away together inside a parmesan wheel as the chef sprinkles in pepper and — surprise — more cheese, right in front of you? Then order what Cacio e Pepe does best: the cacio e pepe. But if you’re in the mood for a lighter pasta dish, the chilled lemon linguine with shrimp is a citrusy dream.

Trattoria Spaghetto
232 Bleecker Street
It’s all in the name — at Trattoria Spaghetto, expect nothing but an extensive selection of pasta dishes, all of which are guaranteed to satisfy. From lasagne to ravioli to eggplant parmesan and everything in between, this West Village eatery has it all for mostly under $17.

Bar Pitti
268 6th Ave
Meals at Bar Pitti are all the same. You bask in your bougie-ness as you order the immensely popular but not overrated creamy tomato pappardelle, sit patiently while you await a celeb sighting, check your wallet to see if you’re carrying any cash and all the while wonder why the Italian waiters never give you the time of day. And you love every minute of it.

Pasta Wiz
126 Macdougal St
Organic is the word at Pasta Wiz, a MacDougal Street favorite that prides itself on their healthy approach to an indulgent cuisine. It’s a fast, casual spot, making it perfect for an  in-between-class energy booster. Try their “low/no calorie, soy-free, gluten-free, cholesterol-free vegan shirataki noodle, made from the konjac yam in Japan,” which, according to their website, is the option getting all the “buzz.”

Senza Gluten
206 Sullivan St
Dietary restrictions have become synonymous with New York City millennial culture but not so much with the gluten-heavy Italian cuisine. Senza Gluten, though, knows that pasta is too hard to give up, even for the gluten intolerant, and its menu is a testament to that. Go for the penne pomodoro if you’re pining for light, earthy flavors or the risotto ai funghi for creamier galore.

Aunt Jake’s
47 W 8th St
Making fresh pasta by hand each day is not easy, but Aunt Jake’s, which recently opened a spot in Greenwich Village, does it anyway. There’s no singular pasta menu here. Simply create your own dish by matching your choice of pasta to one of their sauce options, like the chicken bolognese, for full satisfaction — or allow the restaurant to take charge and select from one of their pasta specials.

Raviolo
57 7th Avenue South
Is ravioli pasta? Is it dim sum? Raviolo celebrates that odd uncertainty with their extensive selection, as well as offering other Italian delicacies that are hard to categorize. Order their bun-bolonis, which are steamed buns that come in either pesto, cacio e pepe or bolognese. If you’re really hungry, hit the trifecta with the pesto, carbonara and red amatriciana pasta combo, meant to be shared among two to three eaters.

Gnoccheria 
234 East 4th St.
Gnocchi, the moist, fluffy and creamy pasta that melts in your mouth with each bite, gets all the credit it deserves at Gnoccheria. Most menus only have one gnocchi option but here you can select from a wide range of either tomato, creamy or cheesy goodness. Not a fan of gnocchi? There are equally tasty pasta dishes, like the bolognese, too.

Take one of these suggestions the next time you find yourself craving a steaming hot bowl of pasta.

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