Pasta Plus in Laurel
I live in the Columbia area. I have heard this place is supposed to be great. True?
I did eat there once but unfortunately I had upset stomach before I ate.
Other good Italian in the area
How is Aida?
Are Pasta Blitz and Serafino good?
Trattoria E Pizzeria Da Enrico?
Pazani in Elkridge?
what else is there that's good?
It's been quite a while since I've been, but I loved Pasta Plus. Their Timpallo was excellent!
I don't think there's really any great "authentic" Italian in Howard County. Ate at PP a couple of weeks ago. They don't take reservations; had to wait in line. Had a good meal - some sort of crepes w/spinach & ricotta. Personable waitress w/good service. All four of us enjoyed the meal. Didn't feel rushed, even though it was crowded. It's an institution in the area. Would definitely return.
Best part of Aida Bistro is Aida herself - owner's Mom. The food is usually good but it has become very expensive for what you get and they seem to be catering to those who want to really spend their funds on wine. They are in an entirely different category than some of the others you listed.
Husband and I go to Pasta Blitz for veggie pizza VERY regularly - they recognize us and know what we want before we open our mouths. I like Serafino's pizza (brick oven) but have never had anything else there. Husband likes the spaghetti/meatballs at Strapazza.
When we lived in Laurel we'd go to Pasta Plus at least once a week. I recently went back and found it just as good as it was 20 years ago. I recommend it. I rarely go just because I don't like waiting in line at restaurants ("nobody goes there anymore, it's too popular" -- Yogi Berra)
We tend to go to the Pasta Blitz in Columbia for pasta. It's a little more comfortable than the ones in Clarksville or Scaggsville, but we enjoy the food at all of them - they're a little more kid friendly than Pasta Plus and closer to us.
Trattoria Da Enrico is also close to our house, and I like the pasta and the subs, but the pizza was not very good last time we tried it. Very bland.
Pazani was decent as well - better pizza than Trattoria but it's out of the way for us - if I'm going to travel for Italian food, I'd go to Pasta Plus or make a shorter trip and go to one of the Pasta Blitzes
That's Amore by the mall is good, but a little pricier -I'd rate Pasta Plus better, but that's Amore is really good for pasta when you don't want to drive
We like Tomato Palace mainly for the view of lake Kittamakundi. It's decent enough, but uneven. That's Amore is better food.
There's a hole-in-the-wall pizza joint called Bella Mia at 103&104 that makes pizza the kids and I like. Decent subs as well. No atmosphere at all and it could be cleaner, but I like the pizza.
Up on 29&40 in Triangle is a decent Italian place whose name I'm forgetting (Luna Bella?) that was good. We don't seem to go there though. Don't know why.
I drive by Pasta Plus everyday fighting my way to 495. I stop and pick up marinara sauce and turn it into my own sauce at home. PP has a small deli with things to go that can really help when you are in a hurry and pp is swamped. They are busy with the tables close together but the food is wonderful and the wait staff are very well trained. I can't remember the dishes, its just a wonderful place to take your wife or friends, or your friends wife....lol.... the owner will make his rounds and ask how things are and that is nice. Its the only Italian place I go. They have good 12 dollar large pizze. thin crust in a stone oven. The building is old with empty store fronts on both sides and tricky to get in and out due to the split in route 1 in Laurel. but, its the best.