Where to Find Good, Cheap Pasta in Every State
At Giuseppe's Cafe, you can get plenty of pastas for under $14, and all come with a big chunk of homemade garlic bread. You can order a classic, red-sauce dish like spaghetti and meatballs, or try something full of herbs and veggies like fresh chicken pesto linguine.
Although most people go to Casella's for fantastic Italian hoagies and cheesesteaks, this 40-year-old family-run deli also has two pastas on its menu: spaghetti with meatballs and lasagna. The lasagna is $10 and comes with a side of garlic bread, and the spaghetti is even cheaper.
There are so many pasta dishes under $10 at Roma that it's hard to choose just one. Spaghetti with meatballs or sausage clocks in at $7.95, and you can also get something like linguine with clams, chicken piccata with pasta, or a number of baked pastas topped with cheese for under 10 bucks.
What do you get when you cross a diner with a red-sauce Italian joint? Little Henry's, one of the cheapest places to get pasta in San Francisco. Nothing here is fancy, unless you count the red checkered tablecloths, but the plates of fettuccine Alfredo and ravioli all come in under $10, a real steal in this expensive city.
With three locations in Colorado, The Twisted Noodle has cornered the market on inexpensive pasta. Although it may remind you of some national fast-casual chain restaurants, the quality here is much higher. Nothing on the menu is over $10, including a creamy asparagus and artichoke pasta dish and shrimp scampi.
Why go to a fancy restaurant when you can get fresh pasta straight from the source? The staff at Carmela's make all kinds of fresh pasta and sauces by hand, and they're available cooked right in the store for lunch. Try the numerous ravioli flavors, like wild mushroom and lobster, all of which top out at $11. If you like it enough, you can buy some uncooked pasta for later.
Mr. Pasta has been hand-making pasta in Wilmington since 1959. It's a no-frills spot where everything is made right in the building, so prices are low. Choose a plate of ravioli and meatballs for $7, or spring for lasagna or chicken parmesan for $11. Frozen pasta to go is available for $3.50 a pound.
This tiny restaurant is putting out some stunning pasta dishes at low prices. The entire menu at Piccola Italia comprises 10 pasta dishes, all for $10. Spaghetti carbonara is a good bet, or try pasta with tuna and cherry tomatoes. The daily specials on the chalkboard are worth the splurge, especially the osso buco.
With five locations around Atlanta, it's easy to get an inexpensive pasta fix at Figo. The menu is a build-your-own affair — choose a pasta and the sauce to go with it. Primavera with fresh veggies and a white wine sauce or classic beef Bolognese are solid choices under $10.
Hawaii isn't known for having inexpensive anything, but J P Spaghetti on Oahu has some great pasta deals. The laid-back shop has a walk-up counter and only a few tables. Seafood is popular, naturally, so try the $13 shrimp special, which comes with seven huge shrimp, vegetables, and bacon in a white wine sauce.
Originally opened in 1939, Sam's Italian Foods now has a number of locations across Maine. It's known for Italian subs and pizza but has some great deals on pasta, too. Ziti or spaghetti with meatballs is $7, and you can get a pasta sampler for under $10.
You'll have to head outside of Baltimore's Little Italy to find cheap pasta, but Grano Pasta Bar is just as cozy as some of the better-known spots. It's called a pasta bar because the kitchen is behind the bar, allowing diners to see the action. Calamari Vesuvio and carbonara, both about $12, are good bets.
Located in a strip mall, The Sicilian II might not be too pretty on the outside, but murals on the walls inside make up for it. You can get chicken marsala, scampi, or Alfredo for $12, or upgrade to shrimp for $2 more. The pastas come with breadsticks and soup or salad for a full meal.
Head to The Hill neighborhood in St. Louis for great, inexpensive Italian-American classics. Cunetto's is a classic red-sauce restaurant with dishes like pasta with Bolognese and meat cannelloni for under $12. Don't leave without trying the toasted ravioli appetizer, which was invented in the city.
You're going to have to go off-Strip to find cheap pasta in Las Vegas. Head west of the Strip to Spring Valley for a kid-friendly pizza and pasta spot, Russo's. Linguine with meatballs, cheese ravioli, and Alfredo are all $13. It costs a little more to get the signature penne with vodka sauce and sausage.
The three locations of Fratello's each bring rustic decor and inexpensive pasta to New Hampshire residents. Customers pay between $9 to $13 to pick a pasta and a sauce, including a hearty Bolognese or spicy fra diavolo with cherry peppers. For a buck more, you can get stuffed shells or vegetable-filled lasagna.
It's not much to look at, but what Caffe Espresso Italia lacks in ambiance, it makes up for in homemade pasta just like Grandma used to make. While it specializes in Italian sandwiches, there's also at least one pasta special every day. Lasagna, penne with vodka sauce, and linguine with calamari are all popular, and usually $9 or less.
Everyone knows there's plenty of great Italian food to be found in New York City, but not much of it would be considered inexpensive. Head to Spaghetti Incident on the Lower East Side, where a bold puttanesca is $11, or spring for homemade chitarra pasta with fresh tomato and homemade mozzarella for $14.
Leave it to college students to support cheap restaurants. Antonio's, located just off the University of North Carolina campus, sells plenty of pizza and pasta in a fast-casual atmosphere. Pasta prices range from $7 to $11, including some hearty choices like lasagna and a breaded chicken and broccoli Alfredo.
A food truck in Portland is serving up Italian and Thai-style pastas. Ooh, Pasta! has nine pastas on the menu, and all are under $10. There's clam linguine and penne alla vodka on the Italian side of things, or you can get Thai tipsy linguine or noodles and vegetables with a Thai-style peanut sauce.
Sometimes the trick to finding good, cheap pasta is to go to places known for other dishes. Capofitto makes great pizza and gelato but also has some inexpensive pastas for dinner, which is no small thing only three blocks from Independence Hall. A simple spaghetti and red sauce is $11, or spring for a braised short rib Bolognese for $14.
In operation since 1924, Angelo's is a family-friendly and comfortable Italian restaurant in Providence. Its homemade red sauce is known as "house gravy," and you can get it on a healthy portion of spaghetti for $10. A big block of meat lasagna for $13 might be pretty tempting, though.
Head to Tomacelli's for a kid-friendly meal of Italian pasta. None of the pasta dishes tops $11, including "jumbo" portions of pastas like shrimp Alfredo and jambalaya. Don't forget to bring along a marker — the staff lets patrons write and draw on the walls and furniture.
The family that owns Dino's Grill has been in the restaurant business since 1945. They're still serving up classic Italian-American favorites to anyone looking for a bargain. Don't pass up the homemade ravioli or stuffed shells, filled with cheese and spinach. You can get them both as a half-and-half entree for $11.
This homey Italian deli with a large dining area in Houston feels like it's been there forever (but really it dates to 1975). Mandola's Deli serves up spaghetti with meatballs for $9, or shrimp Alfredo for $12. The staff doesn't doesn't skimp on the sauce, so there's lots to sop up with garlic bread.
Salt Lake City
Mediterranean Market & Deli is an Italian import store in Salt Lake City. The restaurant has a spacious eating area where you can munch on subs and other deli goodies. While the pasta menu is basic, it's dirt-cheap, too. You can get any combination of spaghetti, meatballs, and homemade marinara and sausage for $7.
Papa Frank's has been serving Italian favorites to the families of Winooski since 1984. The entire menu is incredibly inexpensive, from simple pastas for $6 to chicken and broccoli Alfredo for $11. You can even get veal parmesan with a side of pasta for for less than 11 bucks.
Ciro's Italian Eatery, a large restaurant in Elkton, has a very long list of low-cost pasta dishes. Eggplant parmesan with pasta, gnocchi with bacon and peas in cream sauce, and baked rigatoni with meat sauce are all $11. For a few bucks more, you can get shrimp, clam, or chicken pasta dishes.
Located in the famous Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle, the LoPriore Bros. Pasta Bar has been slinging Italian fare since 1985. The "Pastabilities" part of the menu includes classics like ravioli and meat lasagna for under $15, and smaller portions cost less.
Capri was an Italian restaurant in a Milwaukee suburb for decades before shutting down. New owners swooped in and reopened it as Capri di Nuovo. You can still get inexpensive pasta there, including spaghetti and meatballs for $11, or up the ante with a cheesy lasagna baked in individual dishes for $12.29.
A popular casual pizza spot in downtown Jackson, Pizzeria Caldera also has some tasty pastas on the menu. Pasta marinara, pesto pasta, and cheesy baked ziti ring up at $13 or less. And really, every meal is worth a lot more when you consider the mountain views from the upstairs patio.
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