What wine should I pair with my pasta dish? As you might guess, this is contingent on the sauce rather than the pasta itself. Pasta and wine have shared a beautiful relationship for quite some time. They are some of the oldest pleasures in history, so it only makes sense to enjoy them together. We’d like to discuss what types of pastas pair well with your favorite type of wine when visiting the best Italian steakhouse in St Louis–Ultima Cucina.

What Kind Of Wine Goes With Pasta?

The short answer to this question is that all wine pairs well with pasta (especially if it’s your favorite wine). If the pairing tastes good to you, this is all that matters. On the other side of things for those who might want to be more precise with their wine and pasta pairing, it all depends on the type of pasta dish you’re consuming and which wine can highlight the meal.

Creamy Pasta Sauces

To offset the richness of creamy pastas (think carbonara or fettuccine alfredo), Sicilian whites and lighter Chardonnay or Chardonnay blends will suffice. These wines do well with creamy sauces but also pair beautifully with stuffed or mushroom pasta. The sweet and spicy flavor does well with spicy dishes as well!

Pairing Wine With Seafood Pasta

Seafood lovers get the best of both worlds when visiting the best italian steakhouse in St Louis! Our shrimp and broccolini alfredo taste delightful when paired with white wines like Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. These wines will cut through the natural richness of the fish while complementing the seaborne flavor.

Herb Pasta Sauces

Herb pasta sauces like pesto go well with white wine to balance the flavors, without being too dominant. Herb pasta is suitable with Sauvigon Blanc. A balanced blend of this wine does wonders in mirroring the beautiful herbal notes of a refined pesto dish.

Red Or Tomato-Based Pasta Sauces

Tomato-based sauces include fresh tomato with basil. Crispy dry whites like Pinot Grigio or a light Sicilian red make for a harmonious pair. For meat-based pastas like bolognese, spaghetti with meatballs, sausage, etc, Zinfandel is another solid choice to balance the hearty flavor of the dish.

Additional Food For Thought

Here are some additional things to consider when weighing out your pasta and wine pairings:

  • For tomato sauce pastas that are served with rich meats or creams, you can pair them with a full-bodied wine like Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Seafood pastas are known to have a mild and fresh flavor. It’s best to pair it with the refreshing and only slightly bitter wine like Proseco or Pinot Grigio
  • For vegetarian pasta dishes or ones that have a medley of vegetables in them, we might recommend a light wine with citrus notes, to highlight the exquisite taste of the fresh vegetables.

Host Your Next Feast At The Best Italian Steakhouse In St Louis

Want a taste of great food from the best Italian steakhouse in St Louis? Host your next gathering or night out at Ultima Cucina. We would be more than happy to have you. To catch a glimpse of what we’re all about, check out our menu to see for yourself.