Monday, October 13, 2014

Fast Food…Pasta?!

During our visit to Omaha Nebraska, Nana (aka Laurie) and I were hanging out with our grandson Emmett Lee.  It was time for lunch so we decided to drive around a couple of the local shopping areas to look for something a bit different than the usual chains…

That’s when we ran across Newman’s Pasta Café… We didn’t know what to expect especially since the restaurant didn’t use Italian in their name.  But what the heck, we decided to give it a shot!

Like most other fast food restaurants, customers place their order at the counter and, when they call your number, you go and pick up your order.  The menu is posted on the wall to the right of the counter.

Newman’s does offer Italian pasta dishes…9 of them in total.  They also offer 5 ‘American’ pasta entrees and 4 different Asian options.  In addition, there are 4 starters/appetizers, 3 different soups and 6 salads on the menu.

The interior of the restaurant is a bit industrial but it is softened by the shape of the ceiling and the wall treatments.  It was very clean and the staff was friendly and helpful. 

Laurie ordered the Margherita Pasta. (Full order $6.99/half $4.99)  It consisted of farfalle pasta tossed with tomatoes, basil, garlic, red pepper flakes, white wine and extra virgin olive oil.  It was garnished with fresh basil and Asiago cheese.  All of the pasta orders came with a soft breadstick.

Emmett’s palate is still under development… For his lunch he ordered the Noodles from the Kid’s menu. ($4.99) This curly pasta was served with buttered noodles simply topped with asiago cheese.  He was a happy camper!  

Spaghetti, Mac ‘n Cheese, Alfredo and individual cheese pizzas are the other options on the Kid’s menu.  Everything on this portion of the menu is priced at $4.99 and Kid’s drinks are only 99 cents!

When it was time for yours truly to place his order, I put the emphasis on cheese!  This is the Three Cheese offering from the Italian portion of the menu. (Full order $5.79/half $4.79) My lunch was made with cavatappi pasta with a special blend of melted cheeses and fresh cream and finished with a heap of shredded Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese.  I don’t know how Italian this entrée was, but I had no complaints!

Most of the entrees can be ordered as a half order if that’s what you’d prefer.  The most expensive entrée was only $8.99 although if you added shrimp, beef or chicken to one of the entrees as listed, the price would increase.  FYI…Beer and wine is available. 

Here are Emmett Lee, (10…soon to be 11 years old), and his Nana after finishing our lunch at Newman’s.

Newman’s isn’t serving gourmet food but that’s not the goal here.  Laurie and I liked the concept.  The food was good and the price was right.  We can envision Newman’s as a franchise operation in the near future.  For a quick, satisfying and filling meal…especially for families…this could be a popular destination.
Newman’s Pasta Café is located at 2559 South 171st Court in Omaha Nebraska.  Phone: 402-884-2420.  Website:  Facebook: It was interesting to note that all 22 reviews of Newman’s on Trip Advisor were average or higher…with only one being average.

Just click on any of the photos to enlarge them…

Thanks for stopping by for a new restaurant experience!

Take Care, Big Daddy Dave


  1. Love the photo of Laurie and Emmett Lee. Their smiles say it all.

  2. Dear Dave, There really is nothing like a good mac-n-cheese and yours looked great.
    My daughter always liked the pasta with butter and cheese too.
    Laurie's order looked good as well. Glad you all enjoyed and the price certainly was right. Blessings, Catherine

  3. aw dear I dont think in pasta like fast food, is really food and delicious!
    I love the pictures and love the pic of Laurie and Emmet!!!

  4. Very interesting... I've never seen a fast-food 'pasta' restaurant... SO--maybe it will become popular and expand... I'm not much of a pasta person ---and have to have me some meat with mine, so I'd get what you ate plus some chicken... ha


  5. We love Newman's. Food us always hot and delicious. I found your post because I wanted to know if it was a franchise. My husband gets the pad Thai with tofu and I always get the margherita pasta with chicken. You get your food fast but it's a huge step up from a place like Fazolis. Love Newman's!