Are there things out there in the world that make you happy? Foods that you will never pass up? That make you smile? Make you want to eat more than you know you should?
I am that way with Italian cooking. Why? History. Family history. I grew up eating a lot of Italian food with some Italian relatives who had some very traditional eating and celebrating habits. Pasta. Always. In large quantities. Italian food and I go way back.
The funny thing is....It doesn't really matter what type of pasta we are talking about. Lasagna, rigatoni, alfredo, spaghetti with meatballs, penne, marinara, pasta fagioli....I could continue but you get the idea. Italian. Makes. Me. Happy.
So, when we were out late in Charleston and looking for somewhere to fill our empty tummies, Joe Pasta definitely caught my eye. The mister can take or leave Italian and usually needs to be in the mood for a plate of pasta but on this night, we needed nourishment. It was late by our dinner time standards. Nearly nine and we were hungry.
Joe Pasta is located on King Street near the Visitor's Center. You really can't miss it on the corner of King and John Street just north of Marion Square. We were impressed by the speed of their service. Dinner was on our table remarkably fast...or maybe they were simply ready to close up for the evening. It was a quiet Tuesday night and they weren't real busy. Either way, we appreciated the timeliness. The atmosphere was nothing spectacular but the food and service were impeccable.
The mister almost always starts his dinners out with soup. Strange because that is not a custom at home but nevertheless, he enjoyed a cup of Crab Bisque.
And, I had a salad just the way I like it. Fresh mushrooms, red onions, leaf lettuce, tomatoes, olives and pepperoncini topped with some thick Ranch. And, for me, salad is not a dish that I eat because it's good for me. I eat salad because I love it. I adore crispy, crunchy fresh vegetables topped with cold, thick dressing. Or vinegar and oil. Depending on my mood. Anyway, it was good.
I would love to show you a photo of the mister's beautiful plate of lobster ravioli but it disappeared entirely before I could pull my phone back out. I devoured an incredible piece of spinach lasagna. The cheese combination was delicious and the sauce was thick and chunky and full of garlic. I have a very long standing relationship with garlic and love it in all forms. Crushed, minced, roasted...
We passed on dessert since it was so late. Although, that is probably just an excuse because we were entirely stuffed after a great dinner. Cheesecake. Tiramisu. Ice Cream Pie. Dessert sounds terrific now, huh? Maybe next time.
Joe Pasta has a wonderful menu. Design-A-Pasta is a neat idea. Pick your pasta, meat, seafood, sauce, and veggies and you have created your own dinner. Or, order a pizza made to your specifications with meats, cheeses and veggies. Of course, you could skip all that and go with a classic entree....Gorgonzola Chicken Pasta, Pasta Primavera, Pasta Salten Bucco, Lobster Asparagus Ravioli, Veal Piccata, making your mouth water?
Stop by Joe Pasta located at:
428 King Street