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Nothing says Italy like pasta and wine, and we believe that you can pair it as you wish as long as it makes you and your tastebuds happy.

But in case you want to pair it and be confident that you will be enhancing both flavors, we have made a guide for you. 

We know that choosing a wine can be overwhelming, so we did the job for you, all you need to do is make your favorite pasta, and that’s it. 

So fear not, on this guide, you will find every kind of pasta and the perfect wines to pair it with.

Let’s begin.

 

Cheese-based pasta dishes

 

Cheese + pasta = Heaven. Now imagine you pair it with a bottle of amazing wine and get your tastebuds to meet God himself. 

So let’s break it down, cheese is a paradise for wine lovers. It pairs well with most of them, so there are endless options to try. 

If your cheesy pasta is creamy, you might want to highlight the smoothness by pairing it with Chardonnay.  

Other recommendations:

  • Pinot Noir
  • Soave
  • Gavi

If you have pasta with hard cheese like spaghetti carbonara, it will go well with a red wine like Pinot Noir.

A special mention to four cheese and Gorgonzola, you want to pair them with dry whites like a Verdicchio. 

Other recommendations: 

  • Light reds (Merlot)

Other wines that would go well with cheese pasta dishes are:

 

  • Reisling
  • Sangiovese
  • Pinot Bianco

When in doubt, try everything and pick your favorites. We believe pasta doesn’t have to be saved for a special occasion and remember that one glass of wine every day is good for your health. 

 

Tomato-Based Pasta Dishes 

If you want a lady and the tramp moment and you love your bolognese, you need to read this part. 

Tomato sauces are classic, and you can elevate them by pairing them with the right wine.

Tomatoes are acidic, so you need to pair them with a wine that will match the acidity. If not, the wine will be “meh,” you won’t be able to taste it that much. 

Now let’s divide tomato sauce into categories and pair each of them.

If you have a tomato sauce with meat like bolognese or sausage-based sauces, you want to pair it with a medium-bodied red wine.

 

  • Cabernet sauvignon
  • Zinfandel
  • Grenache
  • Merlot
  • Sangiovese
  • Rosso di Montalcino

Now, if we’re talking about dishes with tomato and basil, you could pair them with dry whites:

  • Pinot Grigio
  • Verdicchio

Cooked tomato sauces like Napoletana or Marinara go with:

  • Montepulciano d’Abruzzo
  • light Sicilian red

Pretty straightforward, right? Go ahead and turn the classic date night into an all-Italian experience.

Seafood Pasta Dishes 

For those who love seafood, pasta is always a great canvas to add your favorite sea treats. 

You don’t need to go to the coast of Italy to enjoy linguine with crab. Make sure you buy high-quality products and that you clean everything properly, so you don’t get your stomach in a pickle.

Seafood almost always has a strong taste, so you don’t want to overpower it with the wine. 

You need to pair these dishes with medium-bodied white wines. 

Because Italy is surrounded by the Mediterranean, adding seafood into meals is a custom in many regions. 

Seafood pasta dishes with light, buttery sauces should be paired with a middle-weight white wine. 

We recommend:

 

  • Pinot Grigio
  • Grenache Blanc
  • Rosé, Chardonnay 
  • Verdicchio
  • Muscadet
  • Chablis 

If you are eating spaghetti alle vongole or spaghetti with mussels you can pair it with 

  • Frascati
  • Vernaccia di San Gimignano
  • Picpoul de Pinet

If you are not a fan of dry whites, you can also pair it with a dry rosé. 

 Crab or lobster sauces also go well with fuller whites like 

  • Soave
  • Chardonnay

 

Pesto Pasta Dishes

Pesto, we dream about it and can’t get enough of it, so we made a whole category dedicated to it.

You need to compliment the earthy flavor and greenness of the sauce. 

Therefore, you want to pair it with dry whites or a medium-bodied red.  

If you are thinking green pesto, these are our options:

  • Gavi
  • Soave

If you go for red pesto, you can pick any of these:

  • Merlot
  • Teroldego
  • Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

 

Vegetable Pasta Dishes

We imagine we are not the only ones who love fresh veggies everywhere. We find vegetables to be one of the best sources of flavor and color. 

A pasta primavera is always good for the soul, the next best thing? A glass of wine. 

For vegetables, you want to enhance their flavor by pairing them with a dry and floral white wine.

 

For example:

  • Soave
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Chardonnay

 

Now that we are on the topic, there is a myth involving pasta and weight gain. In reality, pasta is just like any other carb, you can eat a fair portion, and it will be good for you. 

But if you eat it with heavy sauces and other ingredients that are not that healthy, well, you can’t blame pasta anymore.

So if you like your pasta with veggies, go ahead and enjoy it any time. It won’t hurt your healthy diet.

 

Spicy Pasta Dishes

Now we are on exciting ground. How can we pair a spicy meal without overpowering or messing up the flavor? 

You can eat your arrabbiata and your aglio olio e pepperoncino at peace knowing that your wine will compliment the strong and spicy flavor. 

Pait it with a crisp and sharp wine, white or red. Both will work. 

Our recommendations:

 

  • Riesling
  • Zinfandel
  • Primitivo
  • Asti

For the ones who haven’t tried pasta with a spicy sauce, give it a chance. Your tastebuds will thank you.

 

Pasta and wine at La Piazzetta

If you are in Miami, love pasta, love wine, and want the Italian experience, you can come and visit us. 

We are a family-owned and operated restaurant with Italian roots and a passion for sharing our culture with everyone. 

We open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm.

So bring your date, friend, or favorite family member to enjoy the authentic Italian dinner.