Life is full of ‘Pastabilities’


unnamed (6)_editedWhat? You haven’t been to Pastabilities in Armory Square? I suggest you read this article very quickly, put on your best eating pants, go there and have yourself a great meal. There’s no need for a reservation. The seating is based on a first come, first serve basis, so walk-ins are always welcome. It’s a very unique place in that it has a lunch buffet, cafeteria style from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. which really caters to the working folks in Syracuse, allowing them to get a great meal quickly and be back to work before you can say Spicy Tomato Oil. Then, in the evening it opens up into a sit down restaurant, complete with a hostess, bartender and a very attentive wait staff. The manager, Chris, was nice enough to stop by the tables and check on the diners, as well as give me some history on this Syracuse dining Mecca.

They have a seasonal menu which changes every six to eight weeks, depending upon popularity and trends of the dishes. The exposed brick walls inside have a New York City SoHo type feel. Pastabilities has been serving fantastic food in Syracuse since 1985 with roots in Syracuse that go back to 1982. Some of their signature dishes include homemade ravioli and the incredibly popular hot spicy tomato oil, in which you will dip their homemade breads made directly across the street at their very own bakery Pasta’s Daily Bread. There is seasonal outdoor dining, so in the summertime you can sit outdoors and enjoy the great upstate New York weather and in the winter time you can be comfy and cozy inside and enjoy the great atmosphere and dining experience that is Pastabilities.

They have a full menu complete with burgers and many Italian entrées which will never disappoint. You will start off with a basket of fresh, homemade Pastabilities bread dipped in their spicy tomato oil, which is enough to keep you coming back on a daily basis. The selection of entrees is varied and always changing. This is not the same old Italian restaurant. Their operation, including the bakery is practically running twenty four hours a day. Does that mean you can get a heaping plate of lasagna at 2:00 in the morning? No. What it does mean is that their commitment to quality and creating a unique dining experience is what’s important to owner, Karyn Korteling.

There is a full bar with many craft beers on tap and also a very nice selection of wine and mixed drinks. A lot of their dishes cater to local businesses by using local beef, local ingredients and a local brews behind the bar. The night I was there, Pastabilities was featuring the beers of Brooklyn Brewing on tap with unique food pairings to excite the palate. You will get a fantastic dining experience that gives you a taste of what Central New York is all about.

The appetizer delivered to our cozy table, overlooking scenic Franklin Street, was Italian bread and spicy tomato oil. I’ve mentioned this twice already and there’s a reason. It is like no other appetizer you’ve ever eaten. It’s what every tomato strives to be.  The first entree was Wicky Wicky Chicken Riggies. A large portion of hand crafted pasta with chunks of chicken and locatelli cheese in a spicy, creamy tomato sauce that will make your taste buds sing. So much rigatoni, so little time. The second entree was a giant piece of Chicken Sausage Lasagna, featuring house made sauce, house chicken sausage, spinach,  bechamel and yellow squash, yes squash! Each bite was better than the last. Unfortunately, I did not have room for one of their hand crafted desserts. Next time I will wear elastic waist band pants! You can purchase their breads and even a jar or three of(you guessed it) spicy tomato oil. They also have a catering menu for your next event. Pastabilities has been a Syracuse staple for almost thirty years and after you have one meal, you will understand why.


[symple_box color=”blue” text_align=”center” width=”” float=”none”]If You Go:
What: Pastabilities
Where: 311 S. Franklin St. Syracuse, NY
When: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. & 5 to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursay; 11:30 am. to 2:30 p.m. & 4 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 4-10 p.m., Sunday
Why: Because life is full of Pastabilities[/symple_box]

Ted Snyder
The Fuze Magazine

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