Pasta Tasting Menu - Babbo/Others?
I am looking to plan a birthday dinner for my wife who is a huge fan of pasta, not always too adventurous foodwise, and not a carnivore. I have heard about a tasting menu at Babbo that sounds intriguing and was wondering if that would be worthwhile? Also- does anyone know of any other pasta tasting menus in the city that would be strongly recommended. It seems reasonable at Babbo but didnt know if it would fill me up.
I am not a tasting menu expert, only had a couple, and each time the whole table got the same. May sound naive, but do her and I have to order the same or can I order the regular tasting menu? Thanks for any help.
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I had dinner at Babbo for my birthday last year and we had the Traditional Tasting Menu, but the Pasta Menu looked out of this world too.
Keep in mind two things about Babbo:
1. You must make a reservation a month in advance and they only start taking reservations a full calendar month before the day you want to go. I know people who have managed to score a walk-in, but with a special occasion, I wouldn't recommend it.
2. Their tasting menus require the particiaption of the entire table.
Oh and the portions were perfect. Our menu was 8 courses and we did the paired wines and although each course was much smaller than an entree on the a la carte menu, it was more than enough food. My hubby is 6'2"/225lbs and regularly eats me out of house and home, and we could barely walk after the meal.
If you choose Babbo, you will not be disappointed.
If for some reason Babbo ends up being unattainable, Barbone has a pasta tasting menu as well. I had a lovely meal there!