106. Pastabilities Lunch

Downtown Armory Square is completely ready for the spring/summer weather. I can sense it! There’s a lot of foot traffic throughout the afternoons and I’m getting really excited about getting lunch down there more often. One of my favorite spots to go have lunch at is Pastabilities.


Their lunch setup is MUCH different from their dinner setup, which was why I figured it needed it’s own post. Lunch is a more counter-lunch-tray-made-to-order style.

When I first went to Pastabilities for lunch, I was so caught off guard that I didn’t know what to do. My friend I was with tried explaining it to me but I was still so lost. I ended up ordering a giant plate of pasta salad…I was seriously so confused.

When you walk in, you immediately head towards the crowd. This is usually a long line of men in business suits. They all seem to have been invited to this party before because no one is acting like they’re clueless…which, the first time I went I was but I tried to act like I knew what I was doing. You’re immediately prompted to order by a man behind the counter who is all work and no play. He’s serious about his trade, and I would be too…have you had the food there? It’s delicious!

When you order you’re shuffled down the line and end at a person at the register. You get your food, you pay and you sit down with your party to indulge in the ultimate of Italian comfort foods…each plate comes with a slice of their homemade bread.

Exterior of Pastabilities. Dennis Nett/The Post-Standard

All in all, I feel like you have to be a seasoned veteran of downtown afternoon dining if you’re going to walk away completely satisfied with this experience. Which is why after my first time I went back again and I felt like I was a part of that clique that knew what they were doing. This is a great option for a quick & cheap lunch, you’ll walk away feeling very satisfied…even if you were slightly intimidated upon arrival.

Tip: Your choices are plentiful, which is why I suggest taking a look at the menu before you go.


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