October 2007

Carbs Rule! Sauce up Some Noodles at Just Pasta

Author: Linda Hopkins

Forget about all that low-carb nonsense. Yesterday’s diet fad has died in the face of the facts. No longer a guilty pleasure, it turns out that digging into a bowl of complex carbohydrates is a healthy choice. By itself, pasta is almost fat free and is relatively low in calories. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Guide Pyramid recommends eating six to 11 servings of complex carbohydrates daily. Including pasta in your diet is an easy way to help meet that goal.

Now that you know it’s okay to indulge, head down to Just Pasta at Coligny Plaza where the dress code is “come as you are,” and the only rule is “come hungry.” If you’re lucky, you’ll get right in. But even if there’s no table available, it won’t be long and the experience will be well-worth the wait. Meanwhile, you can enjoy people watching, window shopping and contemplating your pasta choices.

Once inside, relax and enjoy the cozy, Italian atmosphere, all-American music and the universal language of delicious food and friendly service. Whether you are out on a romantic date or entertaining the family, Just Pasta is a happy place to be.

Endless pastabilities
The fun begins with the shape. Whether you like it skinny, fat, straight, curly or tied in a bow, you’ll find a form to suit your sauce. >From delicate strands of angel hair to hearty tubes of ziti, an alphabet of choices awaits your fork and twirling spoon.

Next, you’ll want to dress your pasta in a flavorful sauce. Choose from rich, creamy Alfredo, meaty Bolognese, light tomato basil and everything in between. Add-ons include meatballs, sausage, veggies, chicken and seafood.

If your mind’s on vacation and you don’t want to make so many decisions, the chef has made some for you. From the classics (lasagna, cannelloni, clam sauce over linguine, eggplant parmigiana) to the house specialties (Pappardelle alla Vodka, Veal Saltimbocca, Seafood Fra Diavlo…) you’ll find irresistible combinations of pasta with the freshest homemade sauces and top-quality cheeses. All entrées are served with a classic Caesar salad and fresh-baked Panella bread.

If you really want to have some fun, save room for homemade cannoli, tiramisu or key lime pie. (None are listed on the USDA Food Pyramid, but your taste buds will thank you.)

A side order of service
Just Pasta has been making customers happy for over 16 years by doing just what the name says: serving just pasta. But the real key to the restaurant’s success can be attributed to the friendly, efficient staff, said owner, Mary Babb. According to Babb, who bought the restaurant in 1994 after waiting tables there since its opening, almost all of her 10 employees have been with the restaurant for five years or more and they make it a point to get to know the customers. “If you come in once, you will be remembered,” she said.

“We’ve had a very successful season,” Babb continued, citing the consistency of the food and service and the overall affordability as the elements that keep both locals and visitors coming back for more. “We make a big effort to make our wine list attractive and affordable and to keep our prices reasonable,” she said. “With dinner entrées averaging $18-$20 and children’s selections under $7, you can feed a family of 5 for $100.”

Just Pasta serves lunch Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and dinner nightly from 5-10 p.m. All menu items and specials are available for takeout. For family meals at home or special occasions, ask about the new Pasta Party to Go menu.

While Just Pasta does not accept reservations, call-ahead dining is encouraged. For more information or to get your name on the list when you’re on the way, call 843-686-3900.

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