Use Your Noodle: Carbo-Loading For The Marathon Around Town

Pasta with bolognese sauce from Bricco in the North End.

Restaurants in Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville are rolling out miles of pasta to help you carbo-load for Monday’s big race. Whether you plan to stride up Heartbreak Hill or cheer from the sidelines, these four noodle joints will supply the tasty energy you need to finish strong. And once you cross that beloved blue line on Boylston Street, we’ve got two Back Bay spots to stroll to for post-race nourishment.

40 Edwin H. Land Blvd Cambridge, 617-497-4200,
Sprint on over for the “Carb it Up Bottomless Pasta Marathon,” this Sunday, April 17. Dante de Magistris’ Italian eatery will feature four handmade pasta dishes, including “chitarra alla Genovese” with basil, pine nuts, garlic, olive oil, and Parmagiano Reggiano and “spaghettoni aglio olio e pepperoncino” with pine nuts, raisins, and a touch of heat. All pastas are available with meatballs, chicken, or Arctic char for an additional cost.

Dante's “tufoli al suga di pomodora” with San Marzano tomatoes (D.O.P.), basil, and Parmigiano Reggiano
Dante’s “tufoli al suga di pomodora” with San Marzano tomatoes (D.O.P.), basil, and Parmigiano Reggiano

241 Hanover St., 617-248-6800,
Hanover Street in the historic North End is carb row and Frank DePasquale’s Bricco will embrace its pasta-heavy location with a bolognese special this weekend. This popular enoteca also features vegetarian pasta options like ricotta pillows with truffle butter, a wide array of savory meat dishes and refreshing salads, as well as an award-winning wine list.

Capo Restaurant
443 West Broadway, South Boston, 617-993-8080,
This bustling restaurant and bar serves house-made pasta options like bucatini romano with guanciale, onion, and black pepper and curly edged malfalde with sausage, broccoli rabe pesto, and sweet peppers. Each of their eight fresh pasta dishes are available in entree or appetizer portions if you want to try a couple flavors.

Capo's Rigatoni Bolognese
Capo’s Rigatoni Bolognese

Vinny’s At Night
76 Broadway, Somerville, 617-628-1921,
This unassuming hole-in-the-wall makes some of the best fresh pasta around. Try the braised beef bracciola with fusilli or veal piccata over malfalde with mushrooms and capers in a white wine and lemon sauce.

For hungry spectators or runners looking to refuel after the finish line, we’ve got you covered too:

The Salty Pig
130 Dartmouth Street, Boston, 617-536-6200,
If you want to recharge energy supplies after the big race, head around the corner from the finish line to this neighborhood spot that serves a wide array of charcuterie, stone-grilled pizzas and handmade pastas. On Marathon Monday, The Salty Pig will offer a variety of pasta dishes (usually only available for dinner), salads, and other specialties.

The Salty Pig will serve their pasta dishes for lunch on Marathon Monday.
The Salty Pig will serve their pasta dishes for lunch on Marathon Monday.

371 Commonwealth Avenue, 617-517-5915,
Check out Chris Coombs special Marathon menu on Monday from 11am to 4pm. The menu of this fine Back Bay restaurant will feature casual bistro items like the house burger, french onion soup, frites “au canard”, a lobster roll, and even a S’more Ice Cream Sandwich.