It’s National Spaghetti Day – Celebrate!

I can’t help it.  I love posting about National *Insert Food Here* Days.  First I posted on National Coffee Day.  Next up was National Cupcake Day.  I now have the distinct pleasure of helping you celebrate National Spaghetti Day right here in Columbus!

First of all, who doesn’t love spaghetti?  There are so many ways to eat the stuff and it can easily be prepared at home or found at a restaurant.  I will share one recipe with you so you can try it at home, but I’ll also give you a few places in Columbus to go get your pasta on!

Let’s start with the restaurants…

  • Piada:  I love Piada.  Think of it as an Italian version of Chipotle.  You walk in, get your noodles (or salad or piada, which is sort of like a burrito!), look across a bar to tell the staff what meats, veggies, and sauces you want, then go sit on modern, wooden furniture to enjoy.  There are tons of options…in terms of meat you’ve got chicken, Italian sausage and salmon, to name a few.  The sauces include pesto, a spicy tomato sauce called diavolo, a delicious red pepper pesto, and of course traditional marinara.  I guess this technically isn’t spaghetti, but it’s close enough!
  • Cafe DaVinci:  This is a great little cafe located a few miles off campus in Upper Arlington.  It was once a full sized restaurant, but the owners decided to downsize and relocate.  They continue to serve great tasting Italian food at very reasonable prices.  I would highly recommend checking this place out.  Their spaghetti is great – especially if you follow it with some of their homemade gelato!
  • Mama’s Pasta & Brew:  I’ve actually never been here, though I’ve walked by it plenty of times.  Located on High Street (okay, technically it’s right off of High St) this is an incredibly convenient place to get some spaghetti.  It’s as much of a hole in the wall kind of place as I’ve ever seen, which means it must be good.  Not to mention I always hear incredible things!
  • Noodles and Company:  Noodles is really not unique to Columbus at all, but it’s still a tasty place to grab a bowl.  There is a Noodles on campus (Lane and High), making it one of the easiest options to go to celebrate National Spaghetti Day.

    It may be a chain, but it sure tastes good!
Now, on to the recipe…  This is a great way to celebrate National Spaghetti Day in a more non-traditional way.  It technically isn’t spaghetti, as in the noodle made from flour, but spaghetti squash.  Yep, a vegetable.  But it looks like spaghetti.  It even feels like spaghetti!  And of course, you eat it like spaghetti.  Check out the recipe for Spaghetti Squash Pesto here and let me know what you think!
Is your mouth watering? Mine is!
And with that, I’ll leave you to some happy fork twirling.  Enjoy!