When it comes to pasta, black is the new black. Chefs are crafting noir noodles that are picture-worthy and totally toothsome. Here are 9 black pastas to add a dramatic air to your dinner.
Birch & Barley, Washington, D.C.
Squid ink darkens a tangle of spaghettini. The dusky threads are tossed with Applewood- smoked uni, clams, leeks, and chilies. Savory, spicy, smoky, and briny. Make a reservation at Birch & Barley.
High Street on Hudson, New York, New York
Stained with squid ink and scented with Espelette pepper, the mafaldine is designed to make a bold first impression. The spicy squiggles are dressed with a sauce powered by smoked mussel liquor and sofrito. Pickled jalapeños, breadcrumbs, and fresh herbs finish it off. Make a reservation at High Street on Hudson.
Bar Mezzana, Boston, Massachusetts
A tubular twirl of squid ink spaghetti makes for an arresting presentation. The shadowy tangle hides bits of salami, squid, and clams. It’s topped off with breadcrumbs for crunch and lemon zest for levity. Make a reservation at Bar Mezzana.
Bar Primi, New York, New York
Ruffled cones of campanelle pasta have an obsidian look, thanks to a squirt of squid ink. They’re tossed with crab, garlic crema, and red rounds of Fresno chili. The perfect cure-all for a chilly autumn evening. Make a reservation at Bar Primi.
Bencotto, San Diego, California
Knuckles of squid ink-dyed gnocchi are lavished with an extravagant lobster bisque sauce. To complete the presentation, the tender dumplings are tossed with shrimp. Don’t call us shellfish if we don’t want to share it. Make a reservation at Bencotto.
Leuca, Brooklyn, New York
My odds are stacked; I’ll go back to black. Especially if we’re talking about these sable shells. The curvaceous pasta is tossed with ruby shrimp and calamari to add rich oceanic flavors. Make a reservation at Leuca.