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10 pasta-tively delicious restaurants where you can celebrate National Spaghetti Day, Jan. 4

Bottega Cafe
Perfection. Photo via Bottega Cafe’s Facebook

Noodling around for ideas on where to celebrate National Spaghetti Day on January 4? Lucky for you, Birmingham has plenty of pasta-bilities. Here are 10 spots to get the perfect Italian comfort food via takeout and curbside pickup.

To support more local restaurants, check out our small business guide for curbside pickup and more.

1. Amore Ristorante Italiano

Amore Ristorante Italiano
Linguine with meatballs. Photo via Amore Ristorante Italiano’s Facebook

Amore is Italian for love, so you can expect to have strong feelings for this restaurant.

Check out Amore Ristorante Italiano‘s curbside menu for several tasty options including:

  • Sautéed Vegetable Pasta for $22
  • Smoked Salmon Pasta for $24

For the kids, try the Pasta with Butter Sauce for $14.

Where: 5510 HWY 280, Birmingham, AL 35404
Contact: 205.437.1005
Hours: Sunday, 4-8PM | Tuesday-Thursdays, 4:30-9PM | Friday-Saturday, 4:30-9:30PM
Curbside Menu

2. Bellinis Ristorante & Bar

Bellinis Ristorante
Noodles for days. Photo via Bellinis Ristorante’s Facebook

Sure, you can opt for classic spaghetti noodles with tomato sauce. But what about jazzing up that bowl of noodles with one of these dishes from Bellinis Ristorante?

  • Amalfi: linguine, grape tomatoes, fresh herbs, garlic, lemon + white wine sauce. Price – $14 | Add Chicken ($18), Shrimp ($28), Gulf Grouper ($36)
  • Linguine + Meatballs: housemade meatballs + marinara. Price – $18
  • Penne Chicken Alla Vodka: grilled, pancetta, shallots, tomato, reggiano + cream. Price – $20

Where: 6801 Cahaba Valley Rd, Ste 106, Birmingham, AL 35242
Contact: 205.981.5380
Hours: Curbside & To Go – Monday-Saturday, 11AM-9PM

3. Bottega Cafe

Bottega Cafe
Linguine pomodoro. Photo via Bottega Cafe’s Facebook

For spaghetti so good it’s pre-pasta-rous, it has to be the spaghetti carbonara from Bottega Cafe. Pair it with a salad and the focaccia and bottega-inflused olive oil for a truly sumptuous meal. Price – $19

Where: 2240 Highland Ave, Birmingham, AL 35205
Tuesday-Thursday, 11:30AM-9PM
Curbside Menu

4. Bettola

Homemade pasta with lamb sausage, heirloom tomatoes, mint, parsley + handmade ricotta. Photo via Bettola’s Facebook

Put that box of spaghetti noodles down and step away from the stove. For noodles made from scratch, order in from Bettola.

Peek their menu for all sorts of taste explosive dishes, including many that are perfect for the day—or week—after National Spaghetti Day.

Where: 2930 3rd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Contact: 205.981.5380 OR 205.981.5388
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 11AM-9PM | Friday, 11AM-10PM | Saturday, 5-10PM

5. Bongiorno Italian Restaurant

Bongiorno Italian Restaurant
Spaghetti Buttanesca. Photo via Bongiorno Italian Restaurant’s Facebook

Love options? That’s just what you’ll find on the menu at Bongiorno. To prove it, here are three choices to consider this National Spaghetti Day:

  • Baked Spaghetti with mushrooms, meat sauce + mozzarella. Price – $10.95
  • Spaghetti Primavera with broccoli, zucchini, peas, mushroom + tomato. Price – $10.95/$12.95
  • Spaghetti con Filetti di Pomodoro with fresh tomato, shallots + basil. Price – $11.95

Where: 68 Church St, Birmingham, AL 35213
Contact: 205.879.5947
Hours: Monday, Thursday-Saturday, 5-9PM | Tuesday-Wednesday, 5-10PM

6. Gianmarco’s Restaurant

Family owned and operated, Gianmarco’s Restaurant is favored by locals for its fine Italian cuisine. To please your belly this National Spaghetti Day, order the Spaghetti & Sunday Sauce with meatballs, sausage, sugo (sauce) and parmesan. Price – $18

Where: 721 Broadway St, Birmingham, AL 35209
Contact: 205.871.9622
Hours: Lunch: Wednesday-Fridays 11AM-2PM | Dinner, Monday-Saturday, 5-10PM

7. Guiseppe’s Cafe

Giuseppe's Cafe
Noodles perfect for slurping. Photo via Giuseppe’s Cafe’s Facebook

Nothing beats traditional spaghetti and meatballs and you can get it at Giuseppe’s Cafe.

Spaghetti is cooked al dente, served with homemade sauce and comes with your choice of marinara sauce, meat sauce, meatballs or sausage. Price – $13

Don’t forget the bread! Choose from garlic bread ($2.50), breadsticks ($4) or cheese bread ($5).

Where: 925 8th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205
Contact: 205.324.2626
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11AM-9PM | Friday, 11AM-9PM | Saturday, 4PM-9PM

8. The Essential

The Essential
Yes, they really made these. The Essential’s Facebook

When spaghetti is the required meal on Monday, January 4, where else would you go than The Essential? This popular eatery offers a variety of noodle-inspired comfort dishes that are pasta-lively amazing.

If you’re seeking a bit more heft than the standard spaghetti noodle provides, try their Rigatoni Bolognese with chorizo bolognese, creme fraiche + manchego. Price – $18

Don’t waste a lick of that sauce! Order the sourdough bread for ultimate dipping.

Where: 2018 Morris Ave, Birmingham, AL 35203
Contact: 205.703.3012
Hours: Wednesday-Friday 11AM-10PM |  Saturday 9AM-2PM, 5PM-10PM (Bar open all day) | Sunday 9AM-2PM

9. The Filling Station

The Filling Station
Noodles and veggies. Photo via The Filling Station’s Facebook

Pizza may be a popular choice at The Filling Station, but the pastas are all the rave, too.

For the meat lover and veggie fan, I have two must-try dishes for you:

  • Spaghetti & Meatballs: spaghetti noodles tossed in Mama Lorino’s marinara, topped with two homemade meatballs + parmesan cheese. Served with a garlic breadstick. Price – $12
  • Veggie Pasta: spaghetti pasta with caramelized onions, golden mushrooms, topped with grilled eggplant + fresh parmesan. Served with a garlic breadstick. Choice of sauce includes marinara, Alfredo, or make it vegan with Thai peanut sauce. Price – $14.

Where: 5524 Crestwood Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35212
Contact: 205.592.3455
Sunday-Thursday, 11AM-9PM | Friday-Saturday, 11AM-10PM

10. Trattoria Zaza

Trattoria Centrale, Zaza, spaghetti
Spaghetti and eggplant “meatballs” with okra, olives and vegan puttanesca. Photo via Trattoria Centrale’s Facebook

Since National Spaghetti Day falls on a Monday, Trattoria Zaza‘s Monday special of Spaghetti Carbonara is the perfect choice.

This dish features pancetta, Brussels, apples, pecorino + parsley. Price – $12.

Where: 207A 20th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Contact: 205.202.6207
Monday-Friday, 11AM-8PM | Saturday, 4-8PM

To support more local restaurants, check out our small business guide for curbside pickup and more.

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