Gift Edit 2023

This Pasta Sampler from Celeb Hot Spot Rubirosa Lets Me Enjoy Their Most Popular Dishes Right at Home — No Reservation Required

published Dec 6, 2023
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Credit: Rubirosa

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If you ask me for a restaurant recommendation in New York City, or if you’re visiting me, the first spot that quickly comes out of my mouth is Rubirosa. I first discovered this iconic NYC Italian-American spot when someone suggested we eat dinner there one night in 2017, and it’s been my go-to since then. While their Instagram-famous Tie-Dye pizza has my total heart (we’re talking tomato, vodka, and pesto sauce on this pie!) and you absolutely have to get it when you go, I wouldn’t dare replicate this masterpiece at home. However, Rubirosa now sells a variety of their staples like olive oil, sauces, and pastas so you can bring Rubirosa’s delicious glory straight to your kitchen. And I was lucky enough to give the popular NYC restaurant’s Pasta Sampler a try!

I already had the pleasure of trying Rubirosa’s extra virgin olive oil months ago, which made any dish I made instantly feel fancier, so I was over-the-moon to get the chance to try out this Popcorn Factory-sized tin of the restaurant’s popular pastas. The restaurant’s new online storefront is especially exciting because if you’ve tried to snag a table IRL, you know it’s quite the challenge — I’ve often waited two hours once I added my name to the waitlist. So, taking their pasta and sauces home is the best way to get the Mulberry Street experience without a reservation!

What is the Rubirosa Pasta Sampler?

The trio includes three unique pasta shapes that’ll make weeknight dinners feel so much more elevated: Lumache, Trottole, and Casarecce. This ultra-giftable tin includes 1 pound of each pasta — now that’s a lot of noodles! Whether you mix them together or keep them separate, there are so many combinations you can create. Add on Rubirosa’s signature Vodka Sauce, Marinara, and Olive Oil, and you’ve got a fancy dinner that even you’ll impress yourself with (you can buy a gift set of all these goodies). Psst: Rubirosa is kind enough to have their recipes online, so I recommend taking a peek for some seriously mouthwatering inspo!

Credit: Tamara Kraus
Credit: Tamara Kraus

Why I Love the Rubirosa Pasta Sampler

What’s more iconic than the beloved popcorn tin around the holidays? A popcorn tin overflowing with Rubirosa’s pasta, of course! Whether you live in NYC or not, it’s the perfect way to bring Rubriosa’s flavor into your kitchen without having to leave your home. And best of all, when you’ve eaten all of it (which I promise won’t take long), you can repurpose the tin however you like. Might I suggest buying more Rubirosa pasta and filling up the tin again? If you don’t want to purchase their pastas individually, this is the ultimate way to try them all at once.

And if you’re looking for the perfect holiday gift for the pasta lover in your life, you can’t go wrong with this sure-to-delight sampler.