Best Pasta Spots in Jersey City {Italian Restaurants to Visit}

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Only true NJ residents know that our lovely Garden State is chock full of perks: there are diners open at all hours of the day, it’s {sometimes} a quick drive down the shore, and, of course, we have delicious Italian food at our disposal just about everywhere —especially Italian food in Hoboken and Jersey City. And while it’s not hard to get the best pizza in Hoboken and Jersey City {let’s face it, this is typically first on the to-do list when moving into a new hood + we covered the best pasta spots in Hoboken here}, pasta is a different story. Below, we’re sharing the best Italian restaurants in Jersey City for delicious pasta. So tuck that napkin into your shirt, twirl some spaghetti on your fork, and listen closely – here are the best places to go for pasta in Jersey City:

^Pasta e Vino Pasta Maker 

Roman Nose {125 Newark Avenue, Jersey City}

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 they don’t take reservations. Featuring tons of delicious and fresh pasta dishes {like fusilli with pesto and spaghetti carbonara} and their note-worthy meatballs, Roman Nose also offer local beer on tap or wine from an extensive list.

Gluten-free pasta available!

Porta {135 Newark Avenue, Jersey City}


^The Swayze

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. Both the pasta and risotto are not to be missed, as are their fall specials {The Swayze: ricotta gnocchi made with butternut squash, prosciutto, gorgonzola and breadcrumbs and Autumn Risotto: parmigiano, porcini mushroom and black truffles}. 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 {more on that and other delicious small plates you need to order in Jersey City here}.

GP’s Restaurant {236 Pavonia Avenue, Jersey City}

This staple in the Hamilton Park area {conveniently located right next to Milk Sugar Love Creamery} is an old-school gem, featuring classics like lasagna with meat sauce to spaghetti and meatballs. Pair with one of GP’s signature cocktails and take a seat outdoors with a view of the park for a prime dining experience. PS: In the winter, it’s the coziest Italian spot, complete with red-checked tablecloths!

Rita & Joe’s {142 Broadway, Jersey City}

This Jersey City restaurant may be off-the-beaten path {it’s located off 440} but it remains a great standby place to get pasta and plenty of other nommy Italian dishes. Once you’ve sampled some of the delicious apps including the cheese and meat boards and the truffle gnocchi and meatballs {let’s face it, once you add truffle oil to a dish everything tastes better}, check out the mouthwatering pasta dishes like the short rib ravioli and the ricotta & spinach agnolotti {think small ravioli} complete with pine nuts, lemon parsley and pancetta infused bread crumbs -it can’t be beat! {Offers gluten-free pasta}

Pasta Dal Cuore {527 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City}

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 {more on that backstory here}. After sampling the risotto cone appetizer with Bolognese and mozzarella in the middle {ahhhhhmazing}, check out the pappardelle with pesto or the squid ink linguine {and bring your favorite bottle of red because this place is BYOB}.

Pasta e Vino {136 Newark Avenue, Jersey City}

From the executive chef of Satis Bistro comes this brandy new restaurant on Newark Ave. that makes all of their pasta in-house. Pasta e Vino features the classics like baked rigatoni and spaghetti with mussels in white wine sauce as well as a spin on other pasta dishes like casarecce {a loose pasta that looks a little bit like large cavatelli} with oxtail ragu. Gluten-free pasta available!

^Pasta e Vino Pasta Orecchiette with Sausage

^Pasta e Vino Baked Rigatoni 

Laico’s {67 Terhune Avenue, Jersey City}

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 their 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.

15 Fox Place {15 Fox Place, Jersey City}

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 {so bring your appetite, ya’ll}. 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!


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Lauren originally hails from Nutley, NJ but is happy and proud to have called Bayonne her hometown for the past 5 years, where she can always find a beautiful park to walk or run in and a great place to eat. Lauren has a deep appreciation for a good bar, a great glass of red wine, and good food, and often frequents Jersey City for dining, where she worked for 4 years. Now working in NYC, Lauren still gets her Jersey City fix on the weekends or after work, and then goes back to her apartment where she lives with her husband, a Bayonne native, and her awesome kitty, Lola. You can also find her at yoga class in Jersey City or Hoboken, writing, or reading {and continually running out of space for all of her books} in her spare time.