Top 9 reasons to visit DC Pasta

by Julie on April 12, 2012

in Restaurants

I’m not a “foodie” or an “food writer.” I am simply a girl on a budget who enjoys a cheap beer as well as gourmet pizza. The appreciation for a good place to eat comes from whether or not I leave with a smile on my face. I have no clue what spices went into my chicken tikka masala, nor can my “palate” detect a specific type of vegetable in a chili. I can, however, tell you if it was a damn fine meal and whether I’ll go back. This is my version of a restaurant review. 

Top 9 Reasons to Visit DC Pasta

The DC Pasta Company is a new and affordable restaurant in Strongsville, Ohio. It’s very easy to find, and with plentiful parking. On March 21 at 7 pm, my pal Nidhi and I arrived at DC Pasta for dinner reservations and girl talk. We left satisfied and with doggie bags to take home for lunch the following day. Overall, it was a lovely restaurant with amazing pasta. Here are the top 9 reasons you need to visit DC Pasta.

1. Goodies. They have a case full of goodies to take home.

2. Cheap wine! They feature 25 wine bottles for under $25. Cheap Financially savvy date? Sign me up.

3. Cocktails. Innovative and delicious cocktails. Only $8!

3a. Champagne + Craisins. The Pompeii is sparkly, fruity, and craisiny. We all know I love craisins.

4. White creamy goodness (TWSS). See that little plate of white creamy goodness? It went with the bread and Nidhi thought it had a bean base. It was so good I wanted to lick it out of the bowl (um, TWSS again).

5. Flavorful Dishes. First off, everything we ordered was fantastic. Each pasta dish was extremely unique and flavorful. Between the two of us, the Linguine Alla Carbonara Con Tartufo (with a runny egg poached egg) and the Gnocchetti Sardi Verdi E Blu were our favorites (at least, they were my favorites. I think they were Nidhi’s too).

(Side note: I am the worst when it comes to ordering fancy sounding meals, I usually just point to the menu and hope they get it right. I know Crystal is probably laughing in agreement right now. She knows first hand how jumbled I get when ordering dishes like “gnocchi.” I wonder if I’ll ever say it right…)

6. Portion Sizes. The portion sizes make my heart and wallet dance. They have three options to choose from: Taste ($5), Appetizer ($10) and Main ($15). Nidhi and I ordered a taste and an appetizer size each, plus meatballs on the side. This was more than enough food! We would have been fine with two tastes. This option is nice for both belly and wallet. DC Pasta is an excellent option to go to with someone who is really hungry and you aren’t so hungry. You order a taste and he can order a main. Problem solved!

7. Meatballs. They have individual meatballs on the menu for $1.50 each. You have your choice of pork, lamb, turkey, beef, and ricotta cheese (!). Nidhi and I both were excited about the ricotta cheese. Be warned though: Just order one between the two of you. It’s a lot of cheese and we couldn’t finish it all.

8. It’s vegetarian friendly. My girl Nidhi does not eat meat. Luckily, this wasn’t an issue at DC Pasta. Everything was cooked accordingly and she had plenty of options.

9. Easy reservations. I actually made reservations on my iPhone. Just went to their website, clicked a few times, and we were reserved!

I hope you enjoyed this review and that you will pay DC Pasta a visit. I’m certain you will leave happy – just like I did.


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Jody Morgan April 12, 2012 at 11:28 pm

I am glad that you enjoyed your meals and the restaurant! :-)
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Julie April 13, 2012 at 10:27 am

I wouldn’t of heard of DC Pasta if it wasn’t for you. Thanks!


Holly April 13, 2012 at 8:00 am

The gnocchi looks great! I will have to check this place out. More often than not the Hubz and I like to go out and split something or order apps to keep the budget in check. Small plates sound wonderful for this!
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Julie April 13, 2012 at 10:28 am

It’s SUCH a budget friendly restaurant. You can go all out or stay within budget. I love it!


Crystal @EatDrinkCleveland April 13, 2012 at 8:44 am

You are absolutely correct – this post had me laughing out loud – it’s one of my favorites! You are adorable. I loved DC Pasta too – I’m so happy that they do the 3 sizes like they do at Dante. I love being able to try more things by having a bite of this and a bite of that instead of a huge plate of one thing. I’ll give you #10 – love the cool eco-friendly bread bowls – they are recycled record albums!
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Julie April 13, 2012 at 10:28 am

I have never been to Dante but am interested in checking it out. You are right about the bread bowls! Forgot about that – Nidhi and I both loved them.


Nidhizzle S April 13, 2012 at 9:06 am

Hahahaha I love the TWSS all over this post. TWSS. <3 you. i'm craving that egg pasta dish right now. ooommmgggg


Julie April 13, 2012 at 10:29 am

I love you too! That egg pasta dish was OUTSTANDING. Drool.


Alicia at Poise in Parma April 13, 2012 at 10:13 am

HA love your version of a restaurant review! Nicely done!

I’ve been hearing mixed reviews about DC: not so much on the food, but on the service. I’ll have to check it out for my self next time I”m in Strongsville.
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Julie April 13, 2012 at 10:30 am

Thanks lady! I think they are still trying to figure out some kinks… I’ve heard similar reviews. Our visit was very nice though – the waiter was very knowledgeable too. I’m sure with time, they will figure it out so every visit is perfecto.


Jen @ Why CLE? April 13, 2012 at 10:14 am

This is on my parents’ side of town and I’ve been meaning to check it, but have heard they were still working out some kinks. Great review though…I’ll have to get over there soon. Dante can do no wrong in my book.
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Julie April 13, 2012 at 10:30 am

Thanks lady! Yes, definitely check it out. The food was so good – I’ve never tried Dante’s before but I would love to check out the other restaurant too.


Suburban Sweetheart April 13, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Holy crap, this sounds amazing. Now if only I were ever going to be in Strongsville…!
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