Tutta Pasta: Spirits in the Sixth Borough

LocalBozo.com has sent one of our correspondents out for some field research, as our own Link Cromwell attempts to bar crawl his way through Hoboken, New Jersey- just a stone’s throw away from Manhattan. Check back for his adventures and travels every single Friday as LocalBozo.com attempts to do the unimaginable. And yes, it involves drinking.


Every neighborhood needs a solid Italian restaurant on their street corner. There is just something refreshing to have a joint one can venture to for a reasonable priced, and authentic meal any day of the week. Hoboken’s Tutta Pasta is one such place. Many of you may be saying that this blog was suppose to focus on bars in the Hoboken area. And while that is true, it misses the point of my original intent. When I started writing this piece for LocalBozo, I pledged to hit every, ‘free standing bar’ in the neighborhood in which I reside. And, with a long well stocked bar, Tutta Pasta is most definitely a member of Link Cromwell’s, “Spirits In The Sixth Borough.”

Step inside, Tutta Pasta any day of the week and you will find a neighborhood joint packed with Hoboken residents of all walks of life. It’s corner location adds to it’s mystique, and overall coziness. We made our way to, ‘Tutta’ on a weekday spring evening to grab a post-work meal and some spirits. During the warmer months the Italian eatery features a sidewalk cafe that rivals many of it’s fellow restaurants, and even traditional bars. Diners clamored to have one of these converted seats in order to celebrate the coming warm weather with fine wine and even tastier pasta!

The menu is a who’s who of Italian favorites. But, to start the meal off on the right foot our group ordered pints of Peroni, a delicious dry Italian beer that compliments a full meal, or simply enjoyed on it’s own. And in keeping with the dinner at hand we ordered glasses of the house red wine as well. Starting with Antipasti, we ordered the, ‘Mozzarella alla Caprese’ ($8.95). Each piece of cheese, and tomato were large and extremely flavorful. The basil complimented this starter dish with a bouquet of freshness. And to compliment my ale, I went for the meat heavy, ‘Lasagna di Carne’ ($14.95). The saltiness of the meat blended brilliantly with the dry Peroni, causing me to order repeat pints! Our waiter doubled as a bartender, expertly making his way to the overstocked and long bar to bring us beverages upon request. And for a place as busy as, ‘Tutta’ I give the wait staff, and manager a lot of credit to be able to wear many hats.

So here’s the rundown…

Preconceived notion – A popular Hoboken Italian restaurant that serves wine and beer.

Bar Type – A classic Italian restaurant featuring a very well stocked bar, and drafts of beers such as Peroni.

Crowd stereotype – twenty something’s on dates, and families.

Music – No music that I could hear.

Value – Reasonably priced dishes and drinks for all budgets.

Good for a….

Date – Tutta is a perfect place to take a first date, or your spouse of thirty years.

Hookup – A kiss over pasta ala, ‘Lady and the Tramp’ sure!

Dance – Save the dance moves for the club that is literally catty cornered to this place.

Catch up with a friend – Yes! But you should also stay for dinner.

First or last drink of the night – Start your night here with an authentic Italian dinner paired with some delicious wine!

Overall – Tutta Pasta is first and foremost a restaurant, and good one at that. Located on a busy corner of Washington Street, customers can grab a great dinner while sipping on wine that won’t break the bank. 7.1

-Link Cromwell

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