Oct. 17 is National Pasta Day! Here’s how to celebrate the holiday today (and all year long) at San Diego eateries around the county.
Whisknladle’s pasta offerings include the pork bolognese served with hand-cut pappardelle, tomato and Pecorino Toscano (firm-textured ewe’s milk cheese produced in Tuscany). Vegetarians can dine on the traditional Sicilian dish, pasta alla Norma, garnished with Chino Farm eggplants, tomato sauce, basil and ricotta salata. 1044 Wall St., La Jolla. (858) 551-7575. whisknladle.com
Mille Fleurs offers a seasonal tagliatelle pasta with Chino Farms tomatoes, zucchini and basil, topped with Parmesan. 6009 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe. (858) 756-3085. millefleurs.com
Il Dandy chefs Luca and Antonio Abbruzzino use fresh local seafood in their light colorful Calabrian dishes like uni spaghetti with local sea urchin, cherry tomatoes, basil, and Calabrian chili peppers, or the vegetarian fusilli with fresh tomato, smoked eggplant and almond Parmigiano. 2550 Fifth Ave., Suite 120, San Diego. (619) 310-5669. ildandyrestaurant.com
Campfire‘s earthy Californian cavatelli is accompanied by corn, fava beans, avocado and tomato. 2725 State St., Carlsbad. (760) 637-5121. thisiscampfire.com
Catania offers hearty pasta dishes, including four gluten-free options like duck sugo orecchiette (slow-braised) with tomato, mushrooms, juniper and Parmesan, or the tagliatelle alla portofino with creamy tomato sauce, Genovese basil pesto and Parmesan. 7863 Girard Ave., third floor, La Jolla. (858) 551-5105. cataniasd.com
Cafe Gratitude’s Sicilian almond pesto pasta comes with sautéed asparagus and sugar snap peas, arugula, cherry tomato confit, preserved lemon, garlic levain (a leavening agent) crumb, and gremolata (chopped herb condiment). 1980 Kettner Blvd., San Diego. (619) 736-5077. cafegratitude.com