I’ve long seen posts on social media and heard people talk about the Pasta Garage, but I was truly blown away during our recent visit. The restaurant has a fun, eclectic atmosphere and unique decor in a one-of-a kind location. It is a hidden gem in an odd part of town, but definitely worth finding. This neighborhood has a few more hidden gems as well and we recommend checking out the other businesses on this street.
But, let’s talk PASTA since it’s National Spaghetti Day afterall. The building is home to much more than a restaurant. There’s the bodega where you can pick up fresh pasta and sauces as well as ramen and in the warmer months, gelato. This is a great way for you to pick up amazing food made with fresh local ingredients. And – don’t forget the stuffed gnocchi.
Walk to the back of the building and watch the pasta being made at the Lexington Pasta company. This place pumps out the pasta for not only their restaurant and the bodega but also local grocery stores, their catering arm and their food truck. You can pick up this fresh pasta at Kroger, Whole Foods, Good Foods, Shorty’s, The Fresh Market and Liquor Barn. It’s cool to see the pasta being made in the back through the window.
Moving your way through the building you’ll see the restaurant where you can order a variety of pastas and dishes from the counter. Watch as your meal is prepared and the chefs will buzz you when your order is ready. We recommend starting with a fried lasagna appetizer and then following it up with the Chicken Parmesan – our favorite. There are gluten free and vegan options available.
The last part of the building is the Banchetto 972 which is the event and party space for The Pasta Garage and can hold up to 70 people. Need a place for a rehearsal dinner, a graduation party or a team meeting – look no further. When the restaurant is super busy, this serves as overflow seating.
After seeing the Pasta Garage in person, I have to say that pictures don’t do this place justice. It’s laid back with great service and amazing food. If you haven’t tried it – head over to Delaware Avenue and grab some lunch or dinner. Afterwards, you can head over to Pivot Brewing for a pint and maybe catch a game.