Pasta became a staple of Italian fare after Emperor Caligula famously elevated a plate of lasagna to the Roman Senate. Feast on notable pastas with today's Groupon: for $8, you get $16 worth of international noodle dishes, pizza, and sandwiches at Lotsa Noodles.
Lotsa Noodles’ culinary crew boils a diverse menu of noodle-based dishes, imported from Asian, Italian, and American recipe boxes. After guests relay their orders and best knock-knock jokes to the cashier, they settle beneath the dining room's pendant lighting as servers whisk out steaming platefuls of stateside favorites, such as spicy jambalaya ($10.49) and southwestern fettuccini noodles, which lasso tomatoes to the velvety applause of green chili cream sauce ($7.75). Cooks toss the pea-studded italian penne prosciutto in a cream sauce before topping the dish with parmesan and parsley ($7.99), and they amass rice noodles, sautéed sprouts, scallions, peanuts, eggs, and the tears of a guillotined lime to create pad thai ($7.24). Diners can also depart from pasta-based terrain to sample sandwiches ($6.99–$7.49), pizzas ($7.49), or noodle-less fare, such as pesto shrimp ($7.99).
Lotsa Noodles' Paulo Paes has a simple mission: to serve fresh and nutritious food with speed. He corrals recipes from across the globe for his diverse menu of pasta dishes, rice specialties, and sandwiches, which are made to order, covered in housemade sauces, and filled with fresh ingredients. Soups such as creamy tomato basil and veggie-laden pot sticker take the edge off hunger, helping diners pace themselves when it comes time to share slices of the mac 'n' cheese pizza.