Your Nonna Would Approve

Your Nonna Would Approve

There’s a new fresh pasta bar opening in Santa Monica, and they have a secret ingredient in their arsenal unlike any other spot around: their eggs.

Named Uovo (which means “egg” in Italian), this small shop from founding Sugarfish partner Lele Massimini ships its handmade pasta nightly from Bologna, Italy. But why? Because of special red yolked eggs that aren’t available Stateside, and have been the key to superior noodles by generations of Italy’s legendary female pasta makers (“sfogline”).


Uovo features a menu of classics like lasagna, cacio e pepe, all’amatriciana, and tortellini en brodo—all precisely-crafted in a kitchen in Italy, with sauces prepared locally in Santa Monica. Despite the high-quality ingredients and international pasta-making process, Uovo is a casual Italian restaurant, with prices to match: dishes are $16 or less.

Ravioli di Ricotta in pomodoro sauce

Tagliatelle ai Carciofi (fresh artichokes)

Tonnarelli al Pomodoro with 24-month-aged Parmigiano-Reggiano

Tortellini Crema di Parmigiano-Reggiano

Large open kitchen in the middle of Uovo

Eggcited to try this primo pasta? You’re in luck: Uovo officially opens today, with hours running 11:30am — 10pm daily.

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