Monday, May 20, 2024

Papa Pastas: A Slice of Italy in Nightfall Bay


Papa Pastas isn't your average chain restaurant. Sure, it has multiple locations sprinkled across Nightfall Bay, but each feels distinct and welcoming, a testament to Papa Pasta's dedication to bringing a genuine Italian experience to his adopted city.

The Ambiance:

  • Warm brick walls adorned with travel posters of the Italian countryside and family photos of a younger Papa Pasta with a twinkle in his eye.
  • Red and white checkered tablecloths with comfortable, worn leather booths.
  • The air is filled with the aroma of garlic, herbs, and simmering tomato sauce.

Papa Pasta:

  • A spry gentleman in his late 60s with a thick head of salt and pepper hair.
  • A wide smile that seems permanently etched on his face.
  • A booming voice that often greets regulars by name and newcomers with a hearty "Benvenuti!" (Welcome!).
  • He's not afraid to break into a song, usually a classic Italian love ballad, while prepping in the kitchen.


Papa Pastas boasts a menu that rotates seasonally based on fresh, local ingredients. Here's a glimpse of some of their staples:

Antipasti (Starters):

  • Bruschetta al Pomodoro (Classic Bruschetta with Tomato, Basil, and Garlic)
  • Fritto Misto (Lightly Fried Calamari, Shrimp, and Vegetables)
  • Burrata con Prosciutto (Fresh Burrata Cheese with Sliced Prosciutto)

Insalate (Salads):

  • Insalata Caprese (Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil, and Olive Oil)
  • Insalata Mista (Mixed Greens with Seasonal Vegetables and House Vinaigrette)
  • Caesar Salad (Papa Pasta's twist on the classic)

Primi Piatti (Main Courses - Pasta):

  • Spaghetti alla Carbonara (Creamy Egg Yolk Sauce with Guanciale (cured pork cheek))
  • Lasagna al Forno (Classic Layered Lasagna with Meat Ragu)
  • Penne Arrabbiata (Spicy Tomato Sauce with Pancetta)
  • Gnocchi al Gorgonzola (Potato Dumplings in a Creamy Gorgonzola Sauce)
  • Seasonal house-made ravioli with various fillings

Secondi Piatti (Main Courses - Entrees):

  • Saltimbocca alla Romana (Veal Scallops with Prosciutto and Sage)
  • Pollo al Mattone (Brick-pressed Chicken)
  • Branzino al Limone (Sea Bass with Lemon)
  • Vitello Marsala (Veal Scaloppini with Marsala Wine Sauce)
  • Bistecca Fiorentina (Thick-cut grilled T-bone steak) (for the heartier appetites)

Dolci (Desserts):

  • Tiramisu (Coffee-flavored Ladyfingers with Mascarpone Cream)
  • Panna Cotta (Light and Creamy Custard)
  • Gelato (Various flavors made fresh daily)
  • Cannoli (Crispy Shells filled with Ricotta Cream)


  • An extensive wine list featuring Italian varietals
  • Classic Italian sodas like San Pellegrino and Perrier
  • Homemade limoncello
*GM Note: This came up in our Co-Op Actual Play of Nightfall Bay, issue 10 I believe so we decided that there would be a chain of these around Nightfall Bay.

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