Six Italian restaurants in Columbus where you can get great pasta

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Colder weather calls for warm, filling dishes, and few fit the bill better than pasta.

While many global cuisines have some type of noodle dish, Italian pasta often first 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 city’s best pasta dishes.

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It isn’t uncommon to find homemade pasta twirled in an authentic rustic sauce and fresh ingredients.

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

Here are six pasta dishes to try in Columbus.

Small and unpretentious, Caffe DaVinci is the quintessential neighborhood spot, dishing up classic American-Italian favorites for 16 years.

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

For something a little more fancy, try Novella Osteria's butternut squash ravioli.

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

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

Phelan is serious about the food he plates, especially pasta.

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

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