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The 7 Best Pasta Restaurants In Tampa

Updated: October 6, 2021

Longing for a bowl of Spaghetti and Meatballs or a simple Aglio olio? These are our go-to pasta spots in Tampa. We found the best pasta restaurants by analyzing top restaurant review sites, expert rankings, and food blogs. Head to these Tampa dining destinations for great handmade pasta, baked zitis, and delicious ravioli.

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Rocca

Italian, Tampa HeightsItalianTampa, Tampa Heights
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
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Maggiano's Little Italy

Italian, $$, West Shore PalmsItalian, $$Tampa, West Shore Palms
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
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Noble Crust

American, $$, TampaAmerican, $$Tampa
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.5

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria

Italian, $$, DowntownItalian, $$Tampa, Downtown
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

Marinas Pizza & Pasta

Pizza, $$, TampaPizza, $$Tampa
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0

Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza

Pizza, $$, Palma Ceia WestPizza, $$Tampa, Palma Ceia West
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0

Ava

Italian, $$, Parkland EstatesItalian, $$Tampa, Parkland Estates
Google: 4.0
Yelp: 3.5
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  • CultureTrip, 2018

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How did we curate this list?

Selecting the right restaurant can be really difficult, especially when you would like to find a new one. We pored over ratings for 7862 restaurants on Yelp and Google, 823905 restaurant reviews in Tampa and 266 top lists and articles. We paid extra attention to what CultureTrip, Tampa Bay Date Night and Creative Loafing had to say, and applied our boam magic sauce. Yes, we even looked at CultureTrip - The 10 Best Restaurants In Palma Ceia, Tampa, Tampa Bay Date Night - 11 Standout Restaurants in Tampa Bay and Creative Loafing - The 25 best new restaurants to open in Tampa Bay this year to pull this list together. Every option we show has been verified as open and offering key services when we recommend it, thanks to our real-time updates. Our site gets no money for featuring restaurants in this list – everyone’s earned their place. We don’t recommend restaurants lightly, these 10 are really something special.

Drink pairing tips for Pasta

  • A great drink pairing for mac and cheese

    Knowing what to pair with mac and cheese can be tricky. It’s worth exploring some white wine, particularly a glass of Chardonnay. This, acidic, white wine balances the starchy mac and cheese.

  • The perfect match for three cheese mac and cheese

    Experts suggest pairing a three cheese mac and cheese with a glass of Ale, a popular beer.


  • Pair Burgundy with lobster mac and cheese

    Food with creamy flavors, like lobster mac and cheese, should be paired with a white wine like Burgundy if you want the most to be brought out of the flavors of the dish.

Fun facts about Pasta

  • A tasty history lesson

    Do you know what food came to be in 1769 in Northern Europe? None other than the delicious macaroni and cheese.

  • The go-to pairing

    One should always compliment their food with a drink that doesn't take away from the meal. If it’s mac and cheese you’re eating, we recommend pairing it with a Spanish granache. The ripe, fruity sweet flavors of the Spanish granache won’t detract from the flavors of your mac and cheese.

  • The largest macaroni and cheese ever

    What happened in September of 2010 you ask? A giant macaroni and cheese was made which weighed 2,469 pounds!

Parking tips

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