Spaghetti with Meatballs @ Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta

Price: $9.99

When: January 10, 2018, 12 PM

Reservations: n/a

Verdict? Recommended

My last pasta dish at Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta was the Five-Cheese Ravioli. It was terrible. Mushy texture, strange flavors. Nothing I’m keen to eat again.

Today, I’m back at Boardwalk, staring at my pasta options. I want to keep things simple, so go with a classic: Spaghetti with Meatballs.

I’ve arrived during the lunch rush. Anticipating crowds, the Friendly Cast Members have pre-made a bunch of different spaghetti dishes, all of which are sitting under heat lamps. (I don’t hate on the heat lamp, but it’s never a good sign of dish quality.)

I sigh, grab a pre-made plate from under the lamp, and head for the cashier.

The look of this dish is as straightforward as it gets: a big bed of pasta, a cap of red sauce, two good-sized meatballs poking up out of the sauce. The whole thing is covered in parmesan. It looks a heckuvalot like something you might make at home.

I grab a fork, twirl some pasta, and pop it in my mouth.

Initial impression: not bad. They’re using thin spaghetti noodles, which I like, and the red sauce is thicker, more-concentrated, and more-tomato-y. The sauce isn’t that special, but it does bring the right kind of mouth feel and moisture. I like it.

The meatballs are a pleasant surprise. They’re much, much bigger than I expected. They’re not sitting on pasta; they go all the way down to the bottom of the bowl. Each is well cooked, and has a mild beefy flavor. You can easily cut them up into 4 or 6 pieces, getting some meatball in each bite.

This is solid theme park pasta. Kids will love it. Adults will be happy with it. It’s clean and unpretentious. It hits the spot. And I definitely recommend it.