It’s National Noodle Day, so cue the "Lady and the Tramp" music.
In honor of this scrumptious holiday, here are some local eats to spur your Oct. 6 carbo-load:
• La Hacienda, 3019 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls
Let's start with good old spaghetti. La Hacienda does classic Italian and its spaghetti and meatballs is no exception. This article from 2015 gives you an idea of the history and care behind the noodles, and don't worry, it's still open:
• La Tavola Trattoria, 1458 Hertel Ave.
While wood-fired pizzas are La Tavola's main draw, it also offers Pasta Gamberetti, if you’re looking for seafood fun with your noodles. With fresh angel hair, pan-seared shrimp and scallops, sun-dried tomato, spinach and red onion, this dish could be a catch.
• Ristorante Lombardo, 1198 Hertel Ave.
This fine-dining restaurant received 10 out of 10 plates from The News' Andrew Galarneau, so you know it's good. The North Buffalo icon plates Ravioli di Astice e Mascarpone, which combines lobster and mascarpone ravioli, melted tomatoes and Parmigiano. Try it out in celebration of this beloved noodle day.
• Chef’s, 291 Seneca St.
The Buffalo staple presents a Penne Special, with penne pasta, artichokes, sun dried tomatoes and kalamata olives, all in a garlic and oil sauce. They do, in fact, serve pasta dishes that are not drowned in cheese.
• Trattoria Aroma, 307 Bryant St.
The classy Italian restaurant and bar serves Risotto Gamero, which houses tiger shrimp, pancetta, sundried tomatoes, banana peppers, mascarpone and 18-year aged balsamic. It sounds like all the makings for a terrific noodle night.
• Romeo & Juliet’s, 1292 Hertel Ave., and 2512 Sheridan Drive, Tonawanda
Rumored to be enjoyed by both Montague and Capulet, the lasagna with ragu features layers of ground beef sauteed with red wine, lasagne and Italian ricotta. The whole dish is baked al dente and topped with mozzarella, then served with sauteed green beans.
• Osteria 166, 166 Franklin St.
Whether you get the chicken lasagna or the Family's Spaghetti and Meatballs - much of which is crafted by hand by owner Nick Pitillo's mother, Nani - Osteria 166 takes its classic Italian cuisine seriously.
• Sato Ramen, 3268 Main St.
When he handed the University District restaurant eight plates, The News' Andrew Galarneau praised the noodles.
"Until recently, Buffalonians had to leave town to find the real Japanese deal, fresh noodles with the springy texture of handmade pasta, hidden in rich broth that serves as the foundation for savory toppings of vegetables, meat and eggs. Until Sato opened on Elmwood Avenue ..."
Sato Ramen, a branch of Sato on Elmwood, shines the spotlight even brighter on noodles, the co-stars of a pleasant bowl of ramen.
Try one of these options or go explore ones of your own. There are hundreds of noodle dishes to be explored.