Saturday, September 15, 2012

Pasta Palazzo

Location: 1966 N Halsted
Cost: About $15 per person

Right before I left for New York, my friend Amanda decided to leave Chicago as well... for the suburbs. Amanda and her sister Allison had just finished packing up most of her stuff, and they were looking to grab an easy bite in our hood. They suggested we check out Pasta Palazzo on the corner of Halsted and Armitage.

Pasta Palazzo has a real simple setup with a bunch of high top tables in a medium sized dining room. There wasn't much of a crowd in the middle of the week, but I've seen some small lines build up on the weekends. They don't take reservations even if you wanted to make them.

Our server was quick and got our order straight. We had to search around for water refills a few times which I thought was odd since the place was pretty empty. The prices were pretty cheap, but it all depends if you're able to make pasta for yourself at home. Most of the entrees were around $10.

The Food
We decided to split the Vegetariano Salad to get things moving. There was an abundance of grilled zucchini, eggplant, and peppers. The dressing was a bit oily for me, but in general the salad was a good deal. After that Amanda got the Healthy Chicken Penne, Allison got some other Penne dish with lots of ricotta cheese and pine nuts, and I got the Cavatelli in a Vodka Cream Sauce. I think mine was the only one with homemade pasta, and the texture was smooth. The sauce was too acidic. Allison's dish was really heavy on the ricotta but otherwise just fine. I did not enjoy the Healthy Chicken Penne. It was pretty bland, and the chicken was a bit dry.

The Vegetariano Salad

 The Healthy Chicken Penne

 The Penne with Ricotta

 The Homemade Cavatelli

I'm a stickler for paying for pasta dishes unless they're clearly something I can't make at home. This was not one of those cases. In general, Pasta Palazzo seems like a nice family restaurant or an efficiency option, but I wouldn't rush back. I'm giving them 2 out of 5 Pearls.

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  1. mmmmm.
    it looking v delicious. I am gonna try this one.
    Thanks for sharing.
    HAve a happy weekend

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