Growing up in an Hispanic household, I thought I knew everything there was to know about pasta. As a kid, my mom would always make large batches of pasta meant to last for a while. Sometimes she would even add some ground meat to add a little flare to it. As much as I enjoyed my mother’s cooking, she was never exactly one to follow the recipe to a T, frequently taking the liberty to add whatever she was feeling at the moment. As it turns out however, there’s a whole vast world of pasta I had no idea existed, Italian pasta.
That brings me to my first experience trying Saint Pasta. I don’t exactly consider myself a “foodie,” but if my Youtube suggestions are anything to go off of, I certainly like to eat. I had previously heard about this really great food truck not too far from where I live called Saint Pasta and had been curious to try it. The place originally began as a food truck started by two best friends from New Jersey who wanted to bring some Italian flare to the food scene in the Valley. Now however, the two have found a permanent home inside the Linger Longer Lounge in Phoenix.
I finally went with a group of friends to check it out and see how it stacked up with the pasta my mom served me as a child. As we entered the establishment we were quickly escorted to the bar area where the bartender immediately greeted us. The menu was nicely plastered up on the wall behind the bar for us to peruse through.
The menu is pretty short and to-the-point. The main focus is definitely the pasta, offering a variety of different options from Carbonara to pesto. I ordered bolognese which came served with lamb, beef, red wine, mirepoix, and cream. One of my friends ordered the vodka sauce pasta served with tomato, basil, and snow peas.
Also on the menu are pizzas, sandwiches, capricciosa salad, and garlic knots and fried pizza as sides, as well as zeppoles for dessert. For those who are looking to spice up their entrees, chicken cutlets and ricotta can also be added as extras. In addition, Linger Longer offers a full bar with a nice selection of beer to go along with any dish.
Once we ordered, our food came quickly and we began to dig in. As for the pasta, while I love my mom’s cooking, it’s simply no comparison to the Italian delight that Saint’s served my friends and I. The pasta was cooked perfectly and doused in just the right amount of sauce to bring out the amazing taste. Though I’ve never been to Italy, biting into this, I can imagine myself sitting at a restaurant in Florence as the it hits my tongue, exploding with flavor.
If anyone is ever looking for a great night out with amazing authentic Italian food with good drinks and a great ambiance, you can’t go wrong with Saint Pasta.