This restaurant is located in what appears to be a somewhat upscale food court in the 5th St Markets, which is a nice collection of shops and boutiques. The menu for Noli is almost entirely pasta that runs around $10 with a salad included for another $1.50.
Noli is run like a fast food restaurant .... go to the counter, order, wait for your name to be called. That is where the similarity to a fast food restaurant ends. The salads were comprised of mixed very fresh greens together with imaginative dressings. I particularly enjoyed an anchovy vinaigrette.
The pasta entrees were accompanied by good quality toasted Italian bread. It was a little strange we had to ask for butter; I don't know if they offered olive oil/balsamic vinegar. My wife had Spaghetti Carbonara while my daughter had Penne ai Formaggi. The spaghetti was homemade, which was nice, but my wife found it to be just okay. She is usually very generous in rating food so I think this means that the dish is not bad but nothing special in terms of taste. My daughter seemed to enjoy her penne, but again it appeared to be nothing special. I enjoyed their lasagna, which is made with a very meaty ragu. It reminded me of homestyle comfort food. Wine and beer are offered.
Overall, I liked the idea of home made pasta, but it lacked a wow factor. i appreciate dishes that make me wonder how on earth to make them. Those at Noli made me think that I could come pretty close to duplicating them at home. That being said, the low prices for imaginative food make this a reasonably good place and I would probably go back. But since a wow factor was lacking in the dishes we had, I can only give it an average rating. Other diners who have written reviews appear to have had more of a "wow" experience with whatever they ordered, and I can see where that would be possible at Noli. Next time.
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