Happy World Pasta Day!

Where can you find the best pasta in St Petersburg? Our resident Italian journalist tells you. (Photo credit: Maria Michela D'Alessandro)

To celebrate World Pasta Day, here are five places in St Petersburg to eat the best Italian dish… pasta!

“Life is a combination of magic and pasta,” said Casanova’s director Federico Fellini. I’m an Italian living in St Petersburg and for me, everyday is World Pasta Day. So trust me, and go to these five places for good pasta and some magic in this Russian city. Check out the map we’ve created below.

Pasta myths and origin

There are many theories concerning the origin of the famous Italian pasta. Despite pasta’s popularity around the world, there are still some lingering myths about pasta: some believe that pasta originated in Asia rather than Italy, with the Venetian merchant Marco Polo bringing the noodle back to his home country after his travels.

Around year 1000, it was in Sicily where grain used for pasta-making was imported from the Mediterranean strip of Africa and the Lebanon. In 1271, references to pasta dishes were found in ancient Rome. Later, the first-ever pasta factory opened in 1740 in Venice by Paolo Adami after he was granted license to do so.

Today, there are more than 600 different types of pasta: the typical noodle is made from the unleavened dough of durum wheat flour mixed with water or eggs. The dough can then be formed into sheets or various shapes, long and short.

18th World Pasta Day

It was on 25 October 1995 where 40 pasta experts first came together to discuss the possibilities of the noodle, with particular emphasis on  spreading knowledge of the well-loved pasta.

Since then, 25 October is dedicated to eating, discussing and enjoying the best Italian dish and termed World Pasta Day. This year, World Pasta Day takes place in Russia which is one of the biggest consumers of pasta in the world. Pasta topped Russia’s imports in 2005 with 29,000 tonnes imported generating a value of 28.6 million euros.

“The complex geopolitical situation has abruptly halted the growth of our exports to Russia. However, we, as well as pasta makers, continue to believe and invest in Russia. There is still a chance to boost this market and return to growth,” said Paolo Barilla at the Italian Embassy in Moscow. Last year, a new Barilla factory opened in the Moscow region.

5 places in St Petersburg to eat the best Italian pasta

You can also celebrate World Pasta Day in St Petersburg with these five places that are certified to have delicious and authentic pasta!

Amarcord

From the south to the north of Italy: the chef of this cozy restaurant close to Moskovskiy train station will tell you the special pasta of the day in person. Inspired by the Italian movie director Federico Fellini, Amarcord Cafe offers every type of pasta, all handmade. Try the penne alla vodka, tagliatelle tricolore or ravioli ricotta e spinaci (all around 300-400 roubles.)

Location: Amarcord Cafe, 49 Ulitsa Zhukovskogo. Metro Mayakovskaya/ Ploshchad Vosstaniya.
Opening time: Open from 9.30am until midnight
Website: www.amarcordcafe.ru/ru/

Romeo’s Bar & Kitchen

If you are in the calm and charming central district close to the St Nicholas Church, Romeo’s Bar & Kitchen is worth a visit. Linguine with pesto sauce (390 roubles) and pappardelle with white mushrooms (490 roubles) are waiting for you. And, if you want to try the homemade ravioli filled with burrata cheese and seafood sauce, the chef will be happy to make them for you (790 roubles).

Location: Romeo’s Bar & Kitchen. 43, Prospekt Rimskogo-Korsakova. Metro Sadovaya.
Opening time: Open from 9am until midnight
Website: http://romeosbarandkitchen.ru/

Italy Bottega

Located between Moika River and the central Nevsky Prospekt, Italy Bottega has everything you need to celebrate the World Pasta Day from maccheroni al pomodoro con ricotta affumicata (380 roubles.) to pasta al salmone (530 roubles) or pasta ai frutti di mare (960 roubles). You can also ask the waiter about recommendations for pasta between spaghetti, tagliolini, fusilli, maccheroni, tagliatelle, casarecce.

Location: Italy Bottega. 14, Ulitsa Bolshaya Morskaya. Metro Admiralteyskaya.
Opening time: Open from 9am until midnight
Website: http://italy-cafe.ru/italy-bottega/

Crosta Pizza e Pasta

With minimal interior design and a street view window, Crosta Pizza & Pasta  is a mix of Italian and European cuisines. The menu offers classic pasta dishes like spaghetti aglio olio e peperoncino (350 roubles) to more sophisticated like cappelletti with duck (490 roubles) and tagliatelle with truffle (750 roubles).

Location: Crosta Pizza & Pasta. 8, Sadovaya Ulitsa. Metro Gostiny Dvor/Nevsky Prospekt
Opening time: Open from noon until midnight
Website: https://www.facebook.com/crostaspb/

Little Italy Trattoria

Located on Italianskaya ulitsa—literally the Italian street, in the heart of Saint Petersburg– Little Italy Trattoria will help you forget the cold, Russian winter. Neapolitan chef Salvatore Lubrano prepares  the classic spaghetti all’ amatriciana (350 roubles), the tagliatelle with ham and mushrooms (380 roubles) and penne all’arrabiata (260 roubles) in a cosy setting dining on a wooden table, comfortable sofas while enjoying  the flavours of the Italian cuisine.

Location: Little Italy Trattoria. 10, Italyanskaya Ulitsa. Metro Gostiny Dvor/Nevsky Prospekt.
Opening time: Open from 11am until 11pm
Website: www.littleitalytrattoria.ru

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