Auntie Pasta’s: Great Name, Great Food
As the mother of a Stephen F. Austin State University student, I often find myself visiting Nacogdoches, the oldest town in Texas. While my trips to this historic place are always too brief, they usually include at least one meal at a restaurant of my daughter’s choosing. She discovered an Italian treasure her freshman year and many of our visits find us enjoying a delicious meal at Auntie Pasta’s.
Located “off the beaten path” at 211 Old Tyler Road, Auntie Pasta’s occupies a historic warehouse near the depot. As goods and supplies were delivered by train to the residents of this area of Texas years ago, the groceries were stored at this site that contained part of the first refrigerated storage space west of the Mississippi. The exposed brick and industrial décor add to the charm of this spacious restaurant and lends much to imagining the warehouse as it must have been.
Auntie Pasta’s has been serving Italian-American dishes to the Nacogdoches community for over 14 years. The menu offers something for everyone to enjoy. On our previous visits we devoured such favorites as calamari and the create-your-own pasta option, but this time my daughter chose the chicken alfredo and I an individual pizza. Our meal started with a loaf of crusty Italian bread brought to us in a long paper bag along with roasted garlic and oil on a plate for dipping the portions we pulled off. Our entrees arrived quickly and both dishes were deliciously prepared with the freshest of ingredients. The chicken and alfredo sauce was generously placed on the noodles and the pizza sauce was one of the best I have tasted.
They also offer a great assortment of seafood, steak and, of course, pasta dishes and both traditional and gourmet pizzas. From the homemade meatballs and sauces to the fresh from scratch lasagna, there’s something for everyone.
According to the wait staff, the most popular dishes picked by locals include pan-seared redfish topped with a white wine Creole mustard sauce and crawfish tails, mama’s spicy chicken and shrimp, and caramelized chicken lombardi.
And don’t forget the appetizers. The list includes some stand-outs like fried artichoke hearts and homemade crab cakes with lemon butter sauce.
My daughter graduates soon but we’ll keep coming back to Auntie Pasta’s in Nacogdoches.
The restaurant is open every day of the week from 11 a.m. for lunch and dinner hours extend to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 9 p.m. every other night. For more, visit auntiepastas.com.