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Jul 24, 2009 10:25 AM

Babbo Pasta Tasting Menu

I'm a DC Chowhound that will be visiting in August and am looking for feedback on the Babbo Pasta tasting menu. I searched the archives, but most of the reviews are several years old. I'd love to know if the quality is still good and if you recommend the wine pairings to go with it.

I understand that it may be difficult to get reservations, but I am going to call 30 days ahead and hope for the best.

Thanks NYC 'hounds!

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  1. We had it a couple years ago, and it was VERY filling. My girlfriend could not finish hers and actually took ill later that night from the richness of the pasta dishes.

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    1. re: Slob

      i had a similar experience to your girlfriend, slob. the dishes were wonderful but i found myself floundering by meal's end. in the end, the wonderfulness outweighed the heft of the meal...but if the temps are in normal august range, the balance might tip a little.

      1. re: david sprague

        If interested in sampling lots of pasta at Babbo - and there is nothing wrong with that - I think you can do better by (if there are two of you) each ordering two or three pasta courses and sharing them. I think some of their best pasta dishes are not on the tasting menu.

    2. Babbo has great pasta dishes. I think the best way to try them is to create your own tasting menu by ordering 1-2 pasta dishes per diner and ask that they divide them and bring them in courses. They usually offer that idea and it's perfect. Then you taste what you want and you can even do another entree.

      1. I've done both tasting menus, both of which made me cry uncle around the 4th or 5th course. As the server reminded me with a chuckle, "These are BATALI tasting menus!" (portions are big). That said, I thought the pasta tasting was better than the traditional tasting (so I like your pick) and some of the dishes really are THAT fantastic, especially the casunzie with poppy seeds (a ravioli with roasted beets and potatoes). Didn't do the wine pairings, but I still heartily recommend the pasta tasting, if you can somehow stretch your stomach beforehand. :)

        1. I was just there for my anniversary dinner for the pasta tasting with the wine pairing and couldn't recommend the meal enough. I thought 5 of the 8 wines were wonderful and all did a stand up job pairing the truly amazing pasta.

          Thought I would never recommend such a thing, especially with all the whiners in this post about "too much amazing food". My stomach doesn't know such a thing and thus, I added an extra pasta course, the beef cheek ravioli, and that brought me to my blissful fullness.

          Good luck with the reservation, and enjoy!

          1. I went for my birthday dinner last year and ordered the pasta / wine pairing. It was absolutely amazing - just make sure to leave room for each dish. There were a lot of pastas that I typically wouldn't have ordered but absolutely loved. And the wine matched the food perfectly.

            I definitely recommend it -- enjoy your visit!