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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Pallino Pastaria Restaurant Review

: You’ll be inclined to linger in these comfortable caf├ęs, sipping Italian wines available by the glass and wishing you were on the Via Veneto. The ambience is elegant, marble countertops, discrete lighting, gleaming dark wood, rustic iron accents, slate floors---but no, this isn’t an expensive Italian restaurant. These elegant eateries specialize in quick, inexpensive Italian food. Thanks to technology, in less than three minutes a bowl of pasta can be cooked al dente, sauced to order and served to patrons cafeteria-style. Even more amazing, the food is pretty good. Though all of the noodles are spaghetti, you have the choice of more than a dozen sauces. We’re partial to the one rich with Fontina, Parmesan and Gorgonzola cheeses; Modena sporting bacon and peas in a garlicky white wine, shallot and cream sauce; the pungent Puttanesca shot through with olives, capers, hot peppers, tomatoes, anchovies and garlic; and the savory Salsicce, a tomato sauce flavored with sausage, peppers, fennel and red wine. Pair your pasta with a salad mixing greens, red grapes, dried cranberries, almonds and Gorgonzola, or go the soup-and-panini route. Breakfast features scrambled eggs with zesty adds like prosciutto and feta served on panini toast. Everything is fresh, high-quality and fast. Other locations.


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