Eggplant parm is the quintessential comfort food — hot, saucy, cheesy, savory; what more could you ask of an inanimate object? The folks at Il Pastaio have gotten classic Italian-American entrées like the eggplant parm down pat, and their menu of handmade pasta and sauces are the perfect side. We appreciate Il Pastaio’s clean eggplant parm preparation — no soggy breading, lightly charred mozzarella and bright marinara sauce with a whopping basil leaf. Served with a crusty dinner roll made for breaking and picking up sauce, it’s a hard-to-beat dish that will, rightfully, have you going back to Il Pastaio for more.
Il Pastaio. 3075 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-447-9572, ilpastaioboulder.com