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Happy National Noodle Day! Five Places to Get Pasta

09:00 October 06, 2020
By: Blake Anderson

Tuesday, October 6, is National Noodle Day, so grab the family and celebrate this day with some of the best pasta in New Orleans. Where Y'at has listed five different restaurants that are open and want to serve you for this important occasion. Skip Taco Tuesday this week and try one of the many great places for pasta that New Orleans has to offer. Each spot has something for everyone in the family.

Oceana Grill

One of the best restaurants in the French Quarter is Oceana Grill, so it would only make sense to visit this fun dining place for the best pasta. Their menu features two unique New Orleans-style pastas: the Cajun Jambalaya Pasta and the Mardi Gras Pasta. The Jambalaya Pasta is a traditional deep-South recipe, with shrimp, alligator sausage, and peppers in a creamy Creole sauce, all served atop fettuccine noodles. The Mardi Gras Pasta is one that definitely needs to be tried. This pasta has shrimp, crawfish tails, and bell peppers in a creamy Alfredo sauce. 739 Conti St., (504) 525-6002,

Josephine Estelle

Open Wednesday through Sunday, Josephine Estelle offers a nice selection of delicious pastas. The pasta that stands out the most would be the campanelle pasta: noodles shaped like cones with ruffled edges, served with mushrooms, leeks, and black truffles and available for brunch. Other tempting options include spaghetti with shrimp, serrano, and cauliflower; tortellini with acorn squash, truffles, and goat cheese; or the rigatoni with "Maw Maw's gravy." These New Orleans award-winning chefs make this one of the best places to load up on carbs. 600 Carondelet St., (504) 930-3070,

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Andrea's Restaurant

Originally from Capri, Italy, chef Andrea Apuzzo of Andrea's Restaurant can give you the taste and atmosphere you want. With a great bar, Happy Hour from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and an extensive menu, this local favorite makes for the perfect place to celebrate National Noodle Day. Their pasta-packed menu has so much to offer, with pasta entrees such as Andrea's LA Crabmeat Ravioli. This homemade ravioli is stuffed with crabmeat and tossed with a light crabmeat cream sauce. Andrea's features daily specials and live music, Thursday thru Sunday evenings. 3100 19th St., Metairie, (504) 834-8583,

Vincent's Italian Cuisine

Vincent's is currently taking to-go orders, and they are available for dine-in with a reservation. This "little Italian place on the side street" quickly became a hidden jewel when it was founded in 1989 in Metairie. There are now two locations, an Uptown location as well as the one in Metairie. Both spots have a good selection of pastas to choose from. The house special is the cannelloni pasta, which is stuffed with veal, pureed spinach, and parmesan cheese, baked on a bed of Alfredo cream, and topped with a light red sauce. They also have Italian sausage served over angel hair pasta with red sauce. The Metairie location is open for dinner Monday and Sunday, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and for lunch Tuesday thru Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The location Uptown is open for dinner Tuesday thru Sunday, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and lunch Tuesday thru Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Metairie: 4411 Chastant St., (504) 885-2984). Uptown:7839 St. Charles Ave., (504) 866-9313

Olde NOLA Cookery

Another French Quarter favorite, the Olde NOLA Cookery, serves food "cooked by locals and spiced with history." Open very late seven days a week, this menu offers all the classic pasta favorites, including shrimp and chicken Alfredo. They also offer a crawfish pasta that is tossed in homemade Alfredo sauce. Unlike the others, the Olde NOLA Cookery includes a vegetarian pasta on their menu, which comes with a choice of Alfredo or marinara. 205 Bourbon St., (504) 525-4577,

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