Only true New Jersey residents know that our lovely Garden State is chock full of perks – there are diners open at all hours of the day, a (sometimes) quick drive down the shore, and, of course, delicious Italian food at our disposal just about everywhere — especially in Hoboken and Jersey City. And while it’s not hard to get the best pizza in Hoboken and Jersey City, getting good pasta is a different story. We covered the best pasta spots in Hoboken here, so now we’re sharing the best Italian restaurants in Jersey City for delicious pasta. Read on for the best places to go for pasta in Jersey City.
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15 Fox Place | 15 Fox Place
One of Jersey City’s best-kept secrets, this by-reservation-only exclusive restaurant is only open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Literally situated inside of a house (hence the name), diners are seated in one of a few intimate rooms; aptly named The Library, The Patio, The Garden Room, and more, and treated to a six-course Prix fix menu that is always a surprise. A new menu each Monday means there is always something to look forward to, but the sample menu on the site includes handmade ravioli with Sunday sauce and Garganelli with brandied shrimp in cream sauce — that’s enough to pique our interest.
The Barge Inn | 324 3rd Street
The Barge Inn planted itself, nearly fifty years ago, right in Historic Downtown Jersey City and is actually in the neighborhood where the Marto Family, owners of The Barge Inn, grew up. Linda’s family opened shop in 1969 and has been going strong ever since. Every Thursday is All. You. Can. Eat. Pasta (you can thank us later). For $8.95 a person, indulge in pasta until you explode, a glass of house red or white wine, and good company. Your choice of linguini, angel hair, penne, or rigatoni with Sunday sauce or marinara. Extra hungry? Add a meatball, sausage, or a house salad for $5 — SO worth it.
Battello | 502 Washington Boulevard
Delectable, house-made pastas paired with an incredible view of the Manhattan skyline? It’s the perfect combo, and you’ll find it at Battello. While some of the pasta dishes rotate seasonally, the classics include gnocchi, and squid ink torchio. Gluten-free options are available.
Corto | 507 Palisade Avenue
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Full of charm, Corto is a must-try. The menu is small but ambitious, each item a thoughtful take of rustic Italian classics. The pasta is made fresh daily – so you know it’s delicious. Pasta is indisputably the highlight of the menu, a perfect showcase of “the whole greater than the sum of its parts.” The sauce is usually made from a shortlist of herbs, cheese, and sometimes cured meat. The flavors are simple, the portions restrained, but when paired with the right pasta shapes that bring out the merit of the sauce, the result is stellar.
ITA Italian Kitchen | 682 Bergen Avenue
This Journal Square spot is focused on honoring old-world Italian classics with a modern twist. The bread, pizza, and pastas are all made in-house, and gluten-free and vegan options are available. The menu features all the favorites, including Spaghetti Pomodoro, Fettucine Alfredo, and Rigatoni Bolognese. But the real star is the Pasta Limone. The light, lemon cream sauce is somehow both sweet and savory. The fresh taste is sure to hit the spot.
Laico’s | 67 Terhune Avenue
Another old standby that looks unassuming enough (kind of like an old house), this is a rare gem of a find in the Greenville section of Jersey City. After perusing the extensive wine list, check out the Paglia e Fieno with shrimp and scallops in a vodka cream sauce or the fettuccine alfredo. The old-school Italian vibe and delectable food will keep you coming back for more, promise.
Luna | 279 Grove Street
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Luna’s indoor and outdoor tables are cozy and romantic. With seating at the bar, dining rooms, and loft, there’s plenty of room to mangia under the moon. The pasta is handmade. The Cacio e Pepe was authentic and rich, and as per its name, Cacio (cheese) and Pepe (pepper) is a classic Roman dish. Another delectable pasta choice is the Mountain and Sea: fettuccine with porcini, shiitake, and spinach, in a creamy red sauce tossed with shrimp.
Pasta Dal Cuore | 527 Jersey Avenue
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Ok, with a name like fresh pasta factory, you know this place has got to be good. Located on Jersey Avenue, this place opened after the owner completed extensive pasta research in Italy, home of the true paisan. After sampling the risotto cone appetizer with Bolognese and mozzarella in the middle, check out the pappardelle with pesto or the squid ink linguine.
Porta | 135 Newark Avenue
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Meaning “door” in Italian, Porta is literally covered with doors of all colors that are scattered throughout this gigantic, high-ceilinged warehouse-turned-restaurant, with an awesome roof bar to boot. Do yourself a favor and get the house-made ricotta or mozzarella as an appetizer – you’ll literally be scraping remnants of this cheese off your plate.
Roman Nose | 125 Newark Avenue
This rustic Italian joint located on Newark Ave is perfect for a cozy night out — just make sure you plan ahead on the weekends since it doesn’t take reservations. Featuring tons of delicious and fresh pasta dishes like fusilli with pesto and spaghetti carbonara and note-worthy meatballs, Roman Nose also offers local beer on tap or wine from an extensive list. Gluten-free pasta is also available.
Villa Borghese III | 475 Washington Boulevard
This Newport restaurant has a very comprehensive menu, complete Italian and American classics like burgers, pizza, and yes, pasta. The gnocchi is a must-try. These potato pillows are served with plum tomatoes, garlic, and olive oil, this dish is light and summery.