Tutta Pasta

Tutta Pasta closed in Hoboken, NJ

From the looks of it – Tutta Pasta has closed down in Hoboken.

While no formal announcement has been made – employees of the restaurant were told to “go home” yesterday – and were spotted drinking at the Wilton House bar in the afternoon.

As you can see – the windows are all papered up.

What next for 200 Washington Street?

Tutta Pasta Closed in Hoboken NJ

Description: Italian restaurant. Spacious, open dining area. Fine dining. Outdoor dining available. Zagat rated. Entrée price range $10 -$20.
Address: 200 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Telephone: (201) 792-9102

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May 2006 Lunch Special Review:

Let me preface this review with the following rant-

One thing people need to understand is that your personal preferences and opinions are just that. YOUR opinion, YOUR preferences. Italian food specifically always seems to spark GREAT debate about who is better, what sucks and what doesn't. Very strong opinions indeed.

However, regardless of what people tell you, you know what you like, and you're going to stick with it.

With reviewers, whether movie critics or restaurants, people will tend to find one that has similar tastes and will feel more apt to agree rather than disagree.

This reminds me of an ex-girlfriend of mine. Who hated all Italian restaurants that "didn't taste like daddies". Bleh! Ewww! Yuck!
I then told her "Why in Gods name even TRY eating Italian food other than daddies???"

Is that the case? Do people tend to like food that tasted like what their father or grandmother made their whole lives?

[END OF RANT]

ON TO THE LUNCH SPECIAL REVIEW!!

My friend and I were walking down Washington Street, and it dawned upon me that I hadn't eaten at Tutta Pasta in years. Not only that, all I ever heard was that people hated it. I wonder why it's always busy?

OK. They sat us at one of the metal tables outside. Being 6'4", I found them to be way too low for me, but most people would find them acceptable.

The lunch special was straightforward. $11.95. Includes appetizer, entree, and a drink (wine included). Bread with seasoned olive oil dip, too. I asked for a side of sauce ("gravy" as the true Italians might say). They kindly brought it over. I actually liked the sauce. Not too sweet, a smidge on the salty side, but had a fair amount of garlic flavor. The bread was rather hard and dry though.

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For starters, we got the Sauteed Spinach and the Fried Calamari.

The spinach was not bad, but only in moderation, as it got a bit heavy after a few bites. Too much butter or oil (as you can see in the photo). But the taste was acceptable.
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The calamari was on par with most other places in town. Tender. Served with the same sauce as before. Portion was on the small side, but you'd expect that as part of a lunch special.

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For Entrees, we chose the Penne with Vodka Sauce, and the Chicken Marsala.

The Penne was a bit weak. Although Al Dente as most prefer, we found it to be WAY too on the heavy side. It wore us down. The sauce was ok, but nothing spectacular. It looked a bit like some kind of macaroni product you'd buy at ShopRite. Just too heavy for us. But that may be the way some people like it.
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The Chicken Marsala wasn't bad. I actually liked the taste of the mushrooms. I'm nowhere near a mushroom fan, but they had a bit of a "smoked caramel" like taste. That's the best I could describe it. The chicken portion was small (again, expected for a lunch special). But compared to other Italian restaurants in town, was below par. Very salty in my book.

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Not nearly our favorite in town, but it is a big restaurant that can accomodate large parties, and the service was excellent.

The lunch price was also a very good value, and included an alcoholic beverage. $25 for TWO is certainly nothing to laugh at.

Plus, during nice weather, the outdoor seating is nice. See pictures below.

If you haven't tried Tutta Pasta in a while, give it a shot. You might find something there that you like. And with Augustino's being so small and hard to get reservations at, you could at least have some fun, save some money, and have something to gripe about!!

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46 Comments on "Tutta Pasta"

lm3888
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lm3888

I heard from a reliable source that it will be an APPLE STORE – they owner of tutta pasta owns the entire building and will be charging apple $35k monthly rent which is way more than the restaurant brought in. Obviously can’t confirm this but heard from two sources.

nbm3
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nbm3

everybody today is keyboard food critic

acursi25
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acursi25

DO NOT EAT HERE IF YOU ARE CELIAC!!!!!!!!!!!
I live in Hoboken and you can imagine my excitement when I saw their marquee outside advertising that they now serve homemade Gluten Free Pasta! So my boyfriend and I stopped in to ask how the pasta is prepared and to make sure that sterile equipment is used. The woman assured us that they have a separate dedicated area for the gluten free pasta and always use sterile cooking utensils. So last night we decided to try it out for dinner. We wanted to just double check that the kitchen did indeed use a separate pot and sterile utensils prior to placing my order. The waiter advised that everything is cooked in the same water, pots, etc. So we asked if he could just double check with the chef, and when he returned we were advised that they were too busy tonight – everything would be cooked in the same water – maybe we should come back when they aren’t so busy. We were appalled! So we politely advised that we would not be dining there tonight – that someone who has a serious intolerance is going to become extremely ill from cross contamination. He didn’t seem to care much and we left.
So if you are Celiac, STAY FAR AWAY from here – They are uneducated about safe food preparation and extremely unaccommodating…

joey maxim
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joey maxim
It use to be danny Aiellos hangout..had a show upstairs on a thursday evening..if the poster is celiiac i suggest you purchase a cook book and be safe with your own cooking. all restuarent or take out food is loaded with salt glutten etc..eat at home better safe than sorry..feel better.[quote comment=”213333″]DO NOT EAT HERE IF YOU ARE CELIAC!!!!!!!!!!!I live in Hoboken and you can imagine my excitement when I saw their marquee outside advertising that they now serve homemade Gluten Free Pasta! So my boyfriend and I stopped in to ask how the pasta is prepared and to make sure that sterile equipment is used. The woman assured us that they have a separate dedicated area for the gluten free pasta and always use sterile cooking utensils. So last night we decided to try it out for dinner. We wanted to just double check that the kitchen did indeed use a separate pot and sterile utensils prior to placing my order. The waiter advised that everything is cooked in the same water, pots, etc. So we asked if he could just double check with the chef, and when he returned we were advised that they were too busy tonight – everything would be cooked in the same water – maybe we should come back when they aren’t so busy. We were appalled! So we politely advised that we would not be dining there tonight – that someone who has a serious intolerance is going to become extremely ill from… Read more »
motherxmas
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motherxmas

I do not understand all the negative reviews of Tutta Pasta. I doubt any of you were regulars that actually enjoyed the food and the friendly service. We loved the place because it was comfortable and not pretentious with basically good food. I am shocked that it has closed without any warning. So sad but I wonder what is the real story behind the closing. I feel bad for the staff who are a nice group of guys. Could care less about Danny Aiello. He was never the draw for me.

I wish it would reopen but I guess now we need to go to the more expensive and not as good Italian eateries.[quote comment=”219813″]It use to be danny Aiellos hangout..had a show upstairs on a thursday evening..if the poster is celiiac i suggest you purchase a cook book and be safe with your own cooking. all restuarent or take out food is loaded with salt glutten etc..eat at home better safe than sorry..feel better.[/quote]

joey maxim
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joey maxim

Danny Aiello was never ment to be a draw,for the public..He was kind said hello and also
dined across the street brass rail,and johnnie rockets..It is said he may have had a piece of the place,along with his thursday nite show,at a small fee..As to those who complain the food was not like mom use to make,perhaps if they watched mom cook a sause with real ingredients,such as fresh plum tomatos basil beef pork garlic instead of del monte sause out of a can,they would not have to be so critical.Nothing is like mom use to make.what ever floats ones boat.At least at home you know what your eating..[quote comment=”219831″]I do not understand all the negative reviews of Tutta Pasta. I doubt any of you were regulars that actually enjoyed the food and the friendly service. We loved the place because it was comfortable and not pretentious with basically good food. I am shocked that it has closed without any warning. So sad but I wonder what is the real story behind the closing. I feel bad for the staff who are a nice group of guys. Could care less about Danny Aiello. He was never the draw for me.I wish it would reopen but I guess now we need to go to the more expensive and not as good Italian eateries.[/quote]

Furey
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[quote comment=”112326″]But by all means, since you call your grandma Nanny, I guess this argument is over. It’s time to admit that a lot of Italian Americans are far less cultured in real italy than a lot of WASPS who have actually been to Italy and eaten there, even if we don’t mangle the Italian language or have Nanny’s at home cooking up Italian food you would never be able to find in Rome or Milan.
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I agree with your comments, actually. I agree that there are many ignorant Italian Americans ( I have studied in Italy for 4 months and been back three times since to the Tuscan (2) & Amalfi Coast (1) regions, sampling the food and wines).

I agree that there are differences in Northern Italian and Southern Italian cooking (My northern experience in the resort town of Breuil-Cervinia, for example).

Tutta Pasta is American Italian, in my opinion.

I agree with the mixed reviews I have heard about Leo’s. It reminds me of the rustic Italian I would get a a roadside cafe near Florence, and one of my biggest complaints about Leo’s (and many Hoboken businesses) is the consistentency of their meals. In 2000 I gave it a 10 out of 10 and other times I have visited since I have been disappointed by my meal.

Katie_Scarlett
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What I found most interesting about Italy was how much my grandmother’s cooking was clearly the same as what I was eating in Positano & Sorrento, but not anything like what I saw on the menu in Calabria (where she is from) or 2 of the 3 towns I visited in Sicily (where my grandfather is from).

Rome reminded me of NYC, in that no one was speaking the native tongue and the restaurants may / may not have been authentically Italian.

I like Tutta Pasta. I don’t think it’s amazing, but it’s good. I dislike Leo’s as much for the surly waitresses as for the lack of good food.

I didn’t spend 6 months studying abroad in Italy like some other posters, so maybe I’m missing something. But it seems to me that Leo’s *and Margaritas* are kind of yuck/frozen Italian.

All I know is that every time I see this thread I get extremely hungry!!!

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