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You don’t have to run 26.2 miles to earn a bowl of pasta. Whether you’re carbo-loading to run the marathon on Sunday or you plan to watch it on TV (ever heard of sympathy eating?), here’s what to carbo-load on this weekend.


Pasta Bolognese at Seven Lions

Talk about hearty. With house-made orecchietti as its base, the dish is coated in a meaty sauce and dolloped with ricotta and fresh basil. Don’t forget to pair it with vino; owner Alpana Singh is a master sommelier.

130 S. Michigan Ave.; 312-880-0130 or


Pasta Pesto at Vapiano

If you’re less about the meat and more about the basil, Vapiano has you covered. The fast-casual spot offers made-to-order pasta dishes, so let your inner picky eater shine through. No one will bat an eye if you request less garlic and more cheese.

44 S. Wabash Ave.; 312-384-1960 or

26-Layer Lasagna at Ceres' Table

This is not for the cheese-phobic. On October 10, Ceres’ Table chef Craig Degel will serve this decadent special in honor of Sunday’s big race. The dish contains a generous amount of béchamel and Parmigiano-Reggiano. Oh, and mushrooms and Bolognese sauce.

3124 N. Broadway St.; 773-922-4020 or

Plin at Osteria Langhe

Prefer to eat your pasta at home? At Logan Square’s Osteria Langhe, the plin--or Piedmont-style ravioli--is crazy popular. Now its chefs are freezing the cheesy pasta and offering it in takeout containers that come printed with cooking instructions. Pick yours up Tuesday through Thursday, then stop by the bar during happy hour for half off on Italian cocktails.

2824 W. Armitage Ave.; 773-661-1582 or


Ricotta Ravioli at Piccolo Sogno

Or kick back and let the pros handle the ravioli prep. At Piccolo Sogno, a current special offers the pillowy pasta filled with buffalo milk ricotta. It’s topped with shaved black truffles from Umbria.

464 N. Halsted St.; 312-421-0077 or


Linguine Vongole at Basil Leaf Café

No pasta roundup is complete without a perfect plate of linguine and clams, and you can find yours at this cute Clark Street café. This spot is particularly suited to those with food allergies: Its menu offers gluten-free takes on gnocchi pesto and butternut-squash ravioli.

2465 N. Clark St.; 773-935-3388 or

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