Apr 23, 2024 - Food and Drink

America's best pasta is in New Orleans, TikTok star says

Photo shows Alessio Pasini smiling and eating a bowl of pastalaya.

Social media star Alessio Pasini says the pastalaya at Creole House is the best pasta in America in his opinion. Photos: Courtesy of @ThePasinis

Creole House in New Orleans has the best pasta in America, according to a popular social media star who took a culinary tour of the city.

Why it matters: We'll always take praise for our food.

The big picture: Jessi and Alessio Pasini have nearly 5 million followers across their social media accounts. They use the platforms to show Alessio, who is Italian, exploring life in America.

  • A common theme is Alessio reviewing Italian-American dishes.
  • They met in New Orleans and live south of Nashville now, the couple tells Axios.

Driving the news: They visited New Orleans last month for a 10th anniversary food tour and have been posting about their adventures.

  • Each video has hundreds of thousands of views and comments.
  • The Pasinis said they paid for the vacation, and it wasn't sponsored.

Zoom in: Creole House was the star of the trip, with Alessio saying the restaurant's pastalaya is the best pasta in America.

Other winners: The bananas Foster at Palace Cafe is "one of the best desserts in the South" and deserves a Michelin star, he proclaims.

Losers: The muffuletta from Central Grocery was "terrible," he says.

  • It's worth noting the restaurant remains closed from Hurricane Ida damage, so the sandwiches are made in advance and sold next door.
  • Commenters suggested Alessio would like it better freshly made or served warm. Others revoked his New Orleans card immediately.
  • The spumoni at Angelo Brocato's got a thumbs down, too, along with the mac & cheese at Blue Oak BBQ.
Photo shows Jessi and Alessio smiling outside.
Alessio and Jessi recreated their first date, which was in the Botanical Gardens during Celebration in the Oaks. Photos: Courtesy of @ThePasinis

State of play: Jessi went to Tulane and said she picked the restaurants because she wanted to introduce Alessio to her favorite places.

  • They met as extras on a film set after Alessio came to New Orleans to see where his mom grew up.

What she's saying: "New Orleans really changed our lives and brought us together," Jessi says. "It will be forever special."

What's next: Follow the Pasinis on TikTok, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.


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