Spaghetti Aglio E Olio For The Win | Dishticle

By Fatema Lakdawala November 12, 2018
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Spaghetti Aglio e Olio is a pasta dish from Naples that literally translates to spaghetti with garlic and oil. I love this dish because it is the perfect representation of great Italian cooking. Simple, unfussed and delicious. Unlike its creamy counterparts, an aglio olio is traditionally tossed in a pan with just olive oil and garlic, and avoids the heaviness of cheese and meat. But the modern rendition of this dish may include chopped olive, mushroom, peppers, parsley and flakes of cheese as well.

I will order an aglio olio anywhere it’s available, so after several hits and misses I finally have my go-to restaurants for the best Spaghetti Aglio Olio in town. Read on to know my picks.


Outlets: Dadar 

This quintessential Italian joint can simply be termed as “a trip to Italy” with its classic representation of Italian culture through sophisticated interiors, great wine and amazing food. It’s no surprise that they serve one of the best Spaghetti Aglio Olio in town. Tossed to perfection, every slurp of the spaghetti will make you go mamma mia!

Pro Tip: Try the Courgetti, a healthy alternative made with zucchini instead of spaghetti.

Woodside Inn

Outlets: Colaba, Andheri

Woodside Inn is a comfortable, relaxed space that never fails at impressing its diners. The aglio olio here is actually made with gnocchi, but you can definitely opt for spaghetti if you prefer. They use sun dried tomatoes in their rendition which adds an exceptional zing to this Italian treat.

Pro tip: Pick a brew from their craft beer collection to go with your pasta.

Smoke House Deli

Outlets: Lower Parel, BKC, Bandra

Smoke House Deli hardly goes wrong with anything on their menu; they’re one of the finest casual dining spots in the city and continue to serve delightful experiences. They’re great with pastas and their Spaghetti Aglio Olio Peperoncino is divine. If you fancy spicy pastas with lots of garlic, this is for you.

Pro Tip: Sip on their Melon Sangria between bites.

The Nutcracker

Outlets: Fort, Bandra

For a hard core non-vegetarian like me, Nutcracker is the only restaurant where I look forward to a no-meat meal. Their nutty take on the classic spaghetti aglio olio is refreshingly unique. It’s called the Nutty Spaghetti and apart from its basic ingredients it contains a generous garnish of almond shavings. This one’s a must try!

Pro Tip: Rejuvenate your palate with some mint tea at the end of your meal.

Jamjar Diner

Outlets: Bandra, Versova

Jamjar Diner is a vivid and lively eatery that takes us back in time to the 1940s and 50s with their jukeboxes and nostalgic décor. As a matter of fact, the Spaghetti Aglio Olio Peperoncino, is one of my favourite dishes on their menu. Their use of really good olive oil, adds to the classic touch of Italian fare, while the chopped olives, cheese and garlic enhance the dish.

Pro Tip: Pair this with their Orange Iced Tea or chilled beer.

Salt Water Cafe

Outlets: Churchgate, Bandra

This European restaurant is known for its delicious desserts, cocktails and pasta. The Spaghetti Aglio Olio is described by its ingredients on the menu, so you need to have a good eye to seek it out. The feta cheese is what makes the Salt Water Cafe rendition stand out. You will be amazed by how well the garlic compliments the creamy feta cheese!

Pro Tip: If you’re big on pasta, try the Red Pumpkin and Hazelnut Ravioli here.

After all that delicious pasta talk, all I have to say is, olive you, spaghetti aglio olio!