Carbo-Loaded Specials for the Chicago Marathon

By Sarah Freeman  |  October 11, 2013

Shoes? Check. Power bars? Check. Gatorade? Check. Nerves of steel? Working on it. Pasta? We, can help you in that department. Carbo load for this Sunday’s Chicago Marathon with these Saturday night pasta dinner specials.

This marathon meal comes with not one bowl of pasta, but two. The family-style option, available for parties of four or more, comes with house or Caesar salad, two signature pastas and a slice of tiramisu for $18.95 per person. Pasta options include capellini pomodoro, rigatoni with smoked chicken, tagliatelle Bolognese, penne arrabiata with sausage, spaghetti with veal meatballs and capellini with shrimp.

The carb-centric marathon menu is filled with overflowing bowls of pasta. Priced at $18 per person, the restaurant’s pasta options include gnocchi with parmesan cheese and herb breadcrumbs, pappardelle with mushroom ragout and parmesan and artichoke-ricotta ravioli with olives, piquillo pepper and saffron.

Mercat a la Planxa
Get ready to “Dine and Dash.” Don't worry, it's just the name of this restaurant's four-course menu, priced at $45. The protein-packed meal starts with grilled focaccia with tomato puree and continues with quinoa salad, arroz a la cazuela (rice casserole), pollo a la planxa (grilled chicken) and fresas con crema (strawberries with cream).

Bottomless pasta alert: Runners can get their fill at this pre-marathon pasta dinner for $18. Unlimited carb options include strozzapreti, linguini and pappardelle with a choice or marinara, alfredo or fresh pesto made with basil from the rooftop garden.

Chicago marathon runners are invited to load up on carbs and get a tasty deal too. Enjoy a 26.2% discount with proof of registration on specialties such as mac 'n' cheese loaded with applewood smoked bacon or pulled pork.