Pasta. Whether it’s lasagna, pizza, spaghetti, or linguini, there is nothing better than pasta. If you’re in Wisconsin and you’ve got a carb craving, check out these 10 amazing places for some of the best pasta dishes you’ve ever had!
The founding philosophy of Benvenuto’s Italian Grill in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, is “we should always be looking for ways to heighten our guests’ experience.” The first Benvenuto’s opened in 1996, and started off as dinner only. Because of its popularity and delicious options, Benvenuto’s expanded and opened for lunch. The Beaver Dam location has celebrated over 20 years in the community, and it’s the perfect place for family gatherings, business lunches or a romantic night out. The restaurant has an open concept kitchen to watch the chefs as they prepare each meal, such as portabella penne or the signature penne classico!
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Lombardino’s is your friendly neighborhood restaurant where everyone goes for incredible Italian dishes! The cuisine is described as “the way Italians would cook if they lived in Wisconsin,” meaning that each dish features locally-sourced ingredients and Italian food traditions to create a best of both worlds meal. The carbonara with paccheri pasta is a favorite, as is the spaghetti alla bolognese.
Luigis’ Pizza and Pasta has been locally owned and operated since 1995, and they pride themselves on cooking both classic and modern made from scratch Italian dishes with the freshest ingredients and creating a comfortable atmosphere. Each of their pasta dinners are served with salad and delicious, homemade, soft and scrumptious breadsticks. Try a delicious plate of penne with vodka sauce, or stuffed shells. Another great selection? Tortellini alfredo, featuring moon shaped noodles!
Vivere Italian Restaurant is fairly new to the Oak Creek, Wisconsin, area but it’s locally owned and operated with over 25 years of experience. The restaurant features authentic Italian dishes and all meals are prepared on-site. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, and you’ll feel like one of the family from the moment you step inside. It’s recommended that one tries the baked lasagna or penne romano, but no matter what dish you select, it’s all equally delicious!
Gino’s Italian Deli is a family-owned delicatessen, where freshness and quality ingredients make for tasty products! Not only does Gino’s have delicious deli style selections, they also feature great take home or eat in choices as well! Try one of Gino’s lasagna meat or vegetarian, ravioli with meat sauce or vegetarian style, or a delicious meal of pasta al forno!
Located in downtown Madison, Wisconsin, is Cento Ristorante, where old world Italian traditions and modern techniques come together. The ingredients are locally sourced and some are imported from Italy to create classic, innovative dishes. The restaurant has an open style kitchen where visitors can watch the staff in action as each meal is prepared from start to finish. No matter the weather, one should enjoy a delectable bowl of orecchiette or a mouthwatering Italian classic such as lasagna alla bolognese.
“It’s the little things that make the big things” is the philosophy of Victoria’s Italian Cuisine in Appleton, Wisconsin. Victoria’s is known for their delicious, made from scratch Italian food, authentic taste and generous portions, but they are also known for the beautiful, hand painted murals. The restaurant features an under 12-menu for the little ones, as well as delivery and carryout. One of the unique things about Victoria’s is that you can choose your pasta: mostaccioli, linguini, fettuccini or angel hair, all of which are homemade!
“Fall in love all over again with Vin Santo.” Vin Santo has been family owned and operated since 1998, and features authentic dishes from the beautiful Italian country side. The food is fresh and nicely balanced, and it’s possible to make a meal just on a basket of bread, seasoned olive oil and a glass of red wine. The food is that good and that simple. Vin Santo also offers gluten free options, and it’s highly recommended that after a delicious lunch or dinner that one indulges in a cannoli stuffed with chocolate chip ricotta. Yum!
Buon Appetito! If pasta could sing, it would say come to the Angelina Restaurant in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Angelina came to America in 1993 and was surprised at what many Americans considered to be ‘Italian’ food. Angelina’s love for her homeland dishes, her skills as a cook, and her eagerness to share her talents inspired her to start this magnificent restaurant. Every meal is made from scratch using only the finest of ingredients, and it’s a place for friends and families to come together to enjoy a home cooked meal and reminisce about their day. Be sure to pair one of Angelina’s delicious dishes with a great bottle of wine!
Grazies is where visitors and locals discover the ‘fresh from scratch’ difference, where food is the hero and made with better ingredients for a better you! Grazies uses no heat lamps or microwaves, and everything is absolutely scrumptious! The pasta is warm and tender, and the sauce is perfecto! When one visits Grazies, it’s recommended that you try one of their signature pasta dishes, such as the tequila lime or spicy garlic. One should also be prepared to try Grazies legendary dipping oil and marinade, made with 14 different spices!