The Pasta Shop
Just had an incredible meal @the.pasta.shop in Denville, NJ. Coming up on their 1 year anniversary on February 1st, the Dynamic Duo of Durham Wheat, Sergio (Owner of @sergioandcompany Italian Specialties also in Denville), and Chef Tommy Pollio who’s done his share of high end cooking during his long and storied career, have redefined the inner sanctum of a true Alimantari (the Italian word for a place that makes and sells Pasta). Their efforts are expertly supported by Roy and other front of house staff who exude knowledge of the menu and gratitude to be a part of The Pasta Shop customer experience.
Every ingredient used is the best that money can by. Every process is respectful to those ingredients. The space is bright and inviting and the vibe is friendly and vibrant.
We began our meal with their famous Mozzarella Sticks made from their own Mozzarella made fresh daily. They were everything you want a Mozzarella stick to be!
We also had the equally famous Sergio’s Meatballs that lacked nothing except the density and over breadcrumbed texture of every meatball I’ve ever had elsewhere.
The Garlic Bread was a masterpiece of balance between perfectly light and toasty bread, appropriately understated garlic and olive oil that made for the vehicle to get the wonderful marinara and pieces of meatball into my mouth.
The passion for pasta offered at The Pasta Shop was made evident in our entrees. The canvas that showcases the restaurants namesake. My girlfriend Lynn had the PAPPARDELLE BOLOGNESE... beef and pork ragu. There is no parallel to fresh made pasta, perfectly executed with just the right amount of sauce and tender, long cooked meats. I had the LINGUINE AND CLAMS...crushed garlic, chili flakes, lemon. Small, tender clams, plump with their natural liquor and briny essence and a beautifully emulsified sauce of olive oil and clam juice. We ended our meal with a double espresso and Canolis.
I suggest you come early for dinner as they do not take reservations however the food is worth waiting for