Restaurants & Bars 3

Pasta Plus in Laurel

dinwiddie | Jan 8, 2003 02:22 PM

This place has probably been reviewed here before, but I didn't feel like trying to read all the postings to find it.

My wife and I went to dinner at Pasta Plus in Laurel last night after not eating there for several years. It has expanded a bit, and they still do not take reservations, but it was just as good as we remembered.

The have a large menu, pastas, wood burning oven pizzas, seafood, and veal. Good, fresh crusty breads. Meals come with a house salad that was crisp and not at all limp. Choice of two dressings, creamy Italian or balsamic and oil. The creamy Italian was very good, not al all acidic and made in house.

I started with the calamari. It was tender, crispy, and came with a very good marinara sauce. Large portion, hot from the kitchen and very good. I had one of the specials of the day, veal and sweet Italian sausage in a brown sauce with mushrooms and onions. It was very good, large portion, and came with two triangles of baked polenta. My wife had the osso busso and liked it very much. The service was very good; knowledgable, friendly, efficient and not at all intrusive. It was a Tuesday night and the place was crowded at 6:45.

The wine list, while not long (probably 30 wines or so) was reasonablly priced but a little more expensive than some places in Laurel. It was almost entirely Italian as one would expect.

Pastas are fresh, made in house and very good. Sauces are not too heavy and very tasty. We were too full for dessert, but they looked good. I think this is probably the best place in Laurel (sorry, in spite of what others say, I do not like the Bay and Surf) more upscale than most in town, and worth a stop if you are in the area.

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