‘Noodies’ is now open on Speedway near Campbell (MENU)
“I love the feeling of creating and being part of a new community.”
It was sad to see Bentley’s coffee and tea house close at 1730 E. Speedway Blvd. However, when a business closes, it often makes way for other culinary adventures.
During the weekend, Carolyn O’Connorwhich also has CERES in downtown El Presidio opened its brand new noodle shop — noodies — near the corner of Speedway and Campbell.
The familiar, freshly handmade, belly-warming pasta at CERES is obvious, but think of Noodies as a reinvented concept, rather than a replica of its sister restaurant.
Sure, you can order your favorite noodles and sauces found at the downtown restaurant, but the much larger kitchen has opened up more opportunities for O’Connor to expand the menu. For example, add burrato, Italian sausage or meatballs to your Fried Pastawhile you are there.
Or perhaps delve into the sandwich portion of the menu, which includes meatball subs and Italian grinders.
“Our opening weekend was so amazing,” O’Connor said. “We had so many CERES customers showing up to support us and they were really happy with the new menu items and loved the space.”
Following in the footsteps of CERES, Noodies also offers soft serve ice cream – a perfect addition to the menu as the hot summer days scorch the streets of Tucson.
“I’m really happy with the openness and having a space where people can come and sit and enjoy the food,” O’Connor said. “I love the feeling of creating and being part of a new community.”
Noodies (choice of fettuccine, bucatini, rigatoni or fusilli)
- Tomato Basil ($11) – Sam Marzano tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic, onion, extra virgin olive oil and garnished with Parmigiano Reggiano (vegan on request)
- Cacio and Pepe ($12) – pecorino romano, Parmigiano Reggiano, black pepper and butter
- Pesto ($13) – fresh basil, parmesan, pine nuts, garlic and extra virgin olive oil
- Bolognese ($13) – ground beef, pancetta, carrots, celery, onion, red wine, and garnished with Parmigiano Reggiano
- Vodka ($12) – onion, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, tomato paste, heavy cream, vodka, red pepper flakes, butter and topped with pecorino romano
Add a meatball ($3.50), Italian sausage ($3.50) or burrata ($3.50).
- Antipasto ($9) – Romaine lettuce, fresh mozzarella, pointed provolone, salami, Campari tomato, red onion, roasted red pepper, pepperoncini and marinated artichoke with an Italian dressing
- Caesar ($7) – romaine lettuce, croutons and parmesan shavings
- Arugula ($7) – arugula, fresh basil, parmesan shavings, black pepper and lemon vinaigrette
Add prosciutto ($3.50), tuna salad ($3.50) or burrata ($3.50).
- Smothered fries in your choice of sauce – tomato basil ($8), vodka ($8) or bolognese ($9) – with melted provolone and Parmigiano cheese
- Meatball Sub ($10) – meatballs, red sauce and melted provolone and parmesan
- Italian sausage ($10) – Roma Imports Italian milk sausage in a red sauce with melted provolone and parmesan cheese
- Bolo Joe ($8.50) – large ball of bolognese on homemade focaccia and garnished with parmesan
- Caprese ($7.50) – homemade pesto, fresh mozzarella, campari tomato, arugula and homemade focaccia (add prosciutto and salami for $2)
- Tuna ($8) – tuna, sliced almonds, golden raisins, celery, red onion, mayonnaise, horseradish and homemade focaccia (melt it for $9.50)
soft ice cream
- Cup or cone ($4) (add topping for $1)
- milkshake ($7)
Noodies also serves up something to wet your whistle, like cold brews, espressos, cappuccinos, San Pellegrino seltzers, and tea. Also, on the way out, grab CERES pasta and sauce to go.
Currently, the restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday through Monday and offers indoor and outdoor seating.
Noodies is located at 1730 E. Speedway Blvd. For more, follow Noodies on Instagram.