Dining April 05, 2017
12 Italian Restaurants In New Mexico That Serve Pasta To Die For
Once you’ve enjoyed fresh, homemade pasta, you can’t go back. Thankfully, New Mexico has some sublime Italian eateries. These 12 restaurants in particular will transport your soul to Italy and your taste buds to heaven!
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1. Mondo Italiano (Taos)
The fare here is influenced by the Italian cuisine commonly available on the East Coast. The deliciously creamy fettuccine alfredo is made to order, and gluten-free pasta dishes are also available. Mondo Italiano is located at 622 Paseo del Pueblo Sur in Taos.
2. Marie’s Italian Grill (Deming)
Tuck into a generous serving of spaghetti and meatballs or spice things up with the Southwest chicken pasta, which features green chile and/or jalapeno slices. This restaurant is housed in a converted bank building at 110 S Silver Avenue in Deming.
3. Piccolino (Santa Fe)
You’ll feel right at home in this low-key but welcoming restaurant, where menu standouts include the lasagna and the pescatore. (Gluten-free options are available). Piccolino is located at 2890 Agua Fria Street in Santa Fe.
4. Zeffiro Pizzeria Napoletana (Las Cruces)
You may not be able to make it to Rome, but you can dine on handcrafted pasta, produced on equipment imported from Italy at this restaurant. Zeffiro is located at 136 S Water Street in
5. Joe’s Pasta House (Rio Rancho)
When Nona’s know-how combines with culinary training, the result is the delectable pastas you’ll find at Joe’s. This award-winning restaurant can be found at 3201 Southern Boulevard SE in Rio Rancho.
6. Portofino Italian Restaurant (Roswell)
Don’t let this restaurant’s nondescript exterior put you off. Once inside, you’ll get a warm reception and a bellyful of scrumptious lasagna. Portofino is located at 1203 W 2nd Street in
7. Torinos at Home Italian Trattoria (Albuquerque)
The cuisine here is inspired by Northern Italy, with hints of French and Spanish flavors. When you pair handmade pasta with local ingredients, the outcome is sublime. This restaurant is located at 7600 Jefferson Street NE in Albuquerque.
8. Fratelli’s Bistro (Gallup)
Gallup locals already know that Fratelli’s is THE place to score yummy pizza, wings and – of course – pasta. The restaurant offers dishes that blend Italy and New Mexico, such as a creamy linguine featuring sausage and green chiles, along with classics like chicken parmesan. Head to 1209 N Highway 491 in Gallup, to see for yourself.
9. Luna Rossa (Las Cruces)
Nothing goes better with pasta than wine, which makes Luna Rossa the ultimate destination for Italian dining. This winery offers indoor and outdoor dining along with delicious entrees such as pasta with salmon, and pasta topped with prosciutto and peas. (There are gluten-free options). Don’t miss the gelato! You’ll find Luna Rossa at 1321 Avenida de Mesilla in Las Cruces.
10. Andiamo! Neighborhood Trattoria (Santa Fe)
The folks at this award-winning Italian restaurant use local and seasonal ingredients. This translates to pasta dishes packed with flavor. Make sure someone in your party orders the bolognese, which combines three different meats into a complex and memorable dish. Andiamo! Is located at 322 Garfield Street in Santa Fe.
11. Trattoria Di Bernardone (Farmington)
For authentic, homemade pasta in the Four Corners area, you can’t go wrong Trattoria Di Bernardone, whether you’re in the mood for primavera or tromba rustica. This restaurant is at 5520 E Main Street in Farmington.
12. Michael J’s Restaurant (Ruidoso)
Come for the outdoor dining, stay for the food. The seafood pasta dishes are an unexpected delight. This restaurant can be found at 601 Mechem Drive in Ruidoso.
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