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Six Italian restaurants in Columbus where you can get good pasta

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Colder weather calls for warm, hearty dishes, and few match that better than pasta.

While many global cuisines have some type of noodle dish, Italian pasta often comes to mind.

And the best thing about Italian restaurants in Greater Columbus is the level of diversity and skill that goes into making some of the best pasta dishes in the city.

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It’s not uncommon to find homemade pasta tossed in an authentic rustic sauce and fresh ingredients.

We all have our favorites, from red-sauce neighborhood restaurants to more sophisticated destinations. However, noodles are a great vehicle for chefs to express their creativity, and often just serve up a nice plate of comfort food.

Here are six pasta dishes to try in Columbus.

Small and unassuming, Caffe DaVinci is the quintessential neighborhood spot, serving classic American and Italian favorites for 16 years.

Despite its modest menu and prices, Caffe DaVinci makes much of its food from scratch, including spaghetti, tomato sauce and beef meatballs ($18.20).

For something a little fancier, try Novella Osteria's pumpkin ravioli.

Owner Matthew Phelan grew up in Dublin and studied for a degree in communications at Ohio State University before packing up his cutlery and moving to New York, where he learned a different kind of skill: the Italian technique.

Housed in a new building, Novella Osteria has an intentionally worn, Old World look.

Phelan takes the food he prepares seriously, especially pasta.

A perennial favorite is the pumpkin ravioli ($24). The mascarpone, Grana Padano and pecorino add creaminess and an assertive bite. Ravioli are tossed with sage brown butter and garnished with toasted pumpkin seeds, aged balsamic and chestnuts.

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