4/13/2012 04:02:00 PM

6 Places to Carbo-Load for the Boston Marathon

Lasagna at Maggiano's Little Italy
Monday, April 16, marks the 116th running of the Boston Marathon. That means marathoners and spectators are already pouring into Boston for the weekend. We’ve got the hot spots to hit for pasta and carbo-loading, cause if you're running that day, chances are you'll need it. 

Bristol Lounge: Not just famous for the juicy burger (though you could do that too), this elegant Back Bay American in the Four Seasons has a number of housemade pasta dishes, from the whole wheat fettuccine with olive oil-poached tuna to butternut squash tortellini (617-351-2037).

Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe: Carbo-loading isn’t just for pasta. Here, at this legendary breakfast-and-lunch-only counter in the South End, you can stack up on oversize griddle cakes, omelets and some of the best turkey hash in town. While you're at it, take in its storied history through the colorfully written Where Hash Rules e-book by George Aaron Cuddy, with a guest appearance by yours truly (opens at 7:30 AM Saturday and 6 AM day of the marathon; 617-536-7669).

Dante: Every Sunday, this Cambridge waterside Italian offers an all-you-can-eat pasta night. Just order an entree size of any housemade pasta, such as the tufoli (San Marzano tomato sugo, basil, Parmigiano Reggiano) or the chitarra (617-497-4200).

Maggiano’s Little Italy: Checkered tablecloths will complete the feeling that you’re carbo-loading old-world style, with plenty of plates from which to choose. Check out this Park Square’s renditions of lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs - you name it. There’s even party-size pans for the posse (617-542-3456). 

Scollay Square: A special carbo-loading menu will be available Sunday night before the marathon, which will include potato gnocchi with grilled chicken, fresh mozzarella flatbread and more (617-742-4900).

Woodward: Saturday through Sunday at this New American in the Ames Hotel, spectators and runners alike can order special dishes designed to give your energy a boost. For instance, try the chef’s handmade pasta of the day with fresh ground sausage and smoked tomatoes or risotto with black truffles, pea tendrils, fava beans and ricotta cheese (617-979-8100).

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