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Noodle Nirvana

Bowl of pappardelle and a chef cutting fresh pasta

Italian pappardelle, Japanese ramen, Filipino pancit, Spanish fideos, old-school spaghetti and meatballs! Chicagoans are living in a global noodle paradise. Here’s your guide to the best, plus chef recipes, gluten-free options, and more.

Why I Love Liáng Pí

Noodle obsessions? I’ve had a few, from carbonara and cacio e pepe to sesame and soba. But nothing gets me quite as slurpy as liáng pí (cold skin noodles), which I first tried at the original Xi’an Famous Foods in Flushing, Queens. I loved everything about the dish: the spring-back texture of the noodles, the … Read more

Why I Love Spaghetti With Meat Sauce

I have a confession: One of my favorite noodle dishes is spaghetti with meat sauce topped with melted American cheese. But before you come for me, note that I am not alone. This is a longtime tradition in Black households, where this version of spaghetti is an ever-present side dish at cookouts, church revivals, and … Read more