If Marco Polo had never returned to the West with the then-exotic gift of Chinese pasta, Italy would have no creative outlet for the vast marinara deposits found throughout its landscape. Munch on a mutually beneficial cross-cultural exchange with today's Groupon: for $8, you get $16 worth of American, Asian, and Italian pastas at Lotsa Noodles on West Memorial Road.
Lotsa Noodles' menu congregates both popular and little-known noodle dishes from around the world, along with a smorgasbord of soups, salads, and sandwiches. Like a United Nations Summit if the delegates were noodles, a medley of American, Asian, and Italian pasta dishes unite to quell hunger pangs with mouthwatering flavor. Servings of egg-noodle stroganoff ($7.49) entertain palates, along with the spicy Thai peanut udon ($6.99). A tomato-, lettuce-, and cheddar-dressed turkey sandwich ($6.99) comprises a more compact carbohydrate-delivery system. Lotsa Noodles' piping-hot collection of soups, such as tomato basil and cream of broccoli ($3.99 for a cup; $5.99 for a bowl), pour forth alongside crisp salads, such as an almond-flecked spinach cranberry ($3.99 for a half; $5.99 for a full).
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.