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Where to Load Up on Carbs Ahead of the Boston Marathon

Burrata-stuffed ravioli, sweet potato maki rolls, and all-you can-eat pasta for the night before the long run

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Rigatoni Bolognese.
Tuscan Kitchen in Seaport is ready for runners with unlimited pasta Bolognese for those who qualify.
Tuscan Kitchen

As the 126th Boston Marathon day sprints toward the starting line, it’s time to start thinking about where to fuel up the night before the long run. While Boston’s stand-out red sauce joints dish pasta every day, this yearly celebration of all-things-carbs brings out the best in lots of restaurants across town, eagerly offering carb-laden specials on the eve of the big race.

From Japanese maki filled with tempura sweet potato to housemade rigatoni and burrata-stuffed ravioli to all-you-can-eat pasta specials, Boston rolls out the red carpet for this pre-race dining ritual.

As always, drop us a note at boston@eater.com if we’ve missed a good one.


Unlimited Bolognese at Tuscan Kitchen in Seaport

All Marathon-weekend long, this reliable Italian restaurant in Seaport will serve unlimited Bolognese with housemade pasta and parm for no charge to runners with a race bib.

When: Marathon weekend

Where: Tuscan Kitchen, 64 Seaport Boulevard, Seaport

A Runners Dinner at Kestra

Kestra in the Omni Hotel Boston Seaport is pulling out the stops for its “Runner’s Dinner,” with burrata and ricotta sacchetti ($27) with lobster arrabbiata and lemon butter; bucatini ($22) with roasted tomato, basil, and parm; and protein options like chicken thigh kabob, skirt steak, and salmon.

When: Dinner service on Sunday, April 17, 2022

Where: Kestra at the Omni Hotel Boston Seaport, 450 Summer Street, Boston

Dine on short rib rigatoni at Oak

Conveniently located at the Fairmont Copley Plaza, Oak’s handsome bar lined with big, Chesterfield-style stools makes for a sophisticated pre-race meal. Ahead of the race, dine on short rib rigatoni with salty pecorino, an extra layer of carbs from pangrattato, and a spicy kick from chili flakes ($25). To toast the evening, the restaurant pours runner-friendly Sam Adams 26.2 brew, a light ale with a lower alcohol content and dash of salt, from the tap. Reservations are available on Opentable.

When: Available Friday, April 15 through Monday, April 18.

Where: Inside the Fairmont, 138 St. James Avenue, Boston

Housemade rigatoni at SRV

SRV knows numbers count. This light-flooded Venetian restaurant in Back Bay dishes half a pound of fresh housemade rigatoni with a dozen meatballs ($35) ahead of the marathon. Reservations are available here or by calling the restaurant directly at 617-536-9500.

When: During dinner service on Sunday, April 17, 2022

Where: 569 Columbus Avenue, Boston

Pasta at the Precinct

Located in a former police station in Back Bay’s Loews hotel, Precinct kitchen and bar is adding spring tortellini with sun-dried tomato pesto ($22); rigatoni bolognese ($22); and lemon-garlic shrimp linguini ($28) to its menu the night before the big run. If a taste of Boston is more the speed that night, grab a lobster roll. Reservations are available here.

When: Sunday, April 17, 2022

Where: Inside the Loews hotel at 154 Berkeley Street, Boston

Complex Carbs at the Liberty Hotel

The Liberty hotel is piling plates with hand-cut herb pasta with pork bolognese, local burrata, and parm ($38); seared shrimp with udon noodles and baby bok choy ($39); and spaghetti and meatballs ($30). Carb-loaders can order the race specials at Clink, the Liberty bar, or have it sent up for in-room dining dinner service. On the day of the big event, a “fuel up” table in the lobby will be laid with complimentary grab-and-go items like waters, sports drinks, fruits, and energy bars. Reservations are available here or by calling (617) 224-4000.

When: Friday, April 15 through Sunday, April 17

Where: Inside the Liberty hotel, 215 Charles Street, Boston

A brick-covered dining room at the Liberty hotel.
Dining at the Liberty hotel.
Liberty Hotel

All-you-can-eat pasta at Bambara kitchen and bar

Runners can stuff themselves silly the night before the race with as all-you-can-eat pasta ($26.20 per person) at Bambera. Chef Adam Resnick is whipping up bucatini with puttanesca and parm, as well as fusili with herb-infused cream, roasted mushrooms, peas, and parm for the occasion. Any runner who shows a Boston Marathon bib can sip a complimentary glass of Cava. Reservations available on Opentable.

When: Sunday, April 17th during dinner hours (5 p.m. to 9 p.m.)

Where: Bambara at Kimpton Marlowe Hotel, 25 Edwin H Land Boulevard, Cambridge

Pasta specials at Lucie Drink and Dine

Tuck into plates of cacio e pepe; creamy burrata-stuffed ravioli with eggplant caponata and lemon butter sauce; cavatelli with lamb ragu, artichokes, and olive perperonata; mushroom pappardelle; and clam and chorizo linguini the night before the race at Lucie Drink and Diner. Reservations are available online or by calling (617) 425-3400.

When: Sunday, April 17, 2022

Where: Lucie Drink and Dine at the Colonnade Hotel, 120 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Squid ink pasta at Lucia Ristorante

Over on Hanover Street, black ink pasta is studded with shrimp, clams, and bright cherry tomatoes in a garlic sauce ($35) at the nearly 50-year old, burgundy-hued Lucia restaurant for Marathon week. The full menu, which is also available all week, includes plenty of other carb-heavy dishes like chitarra with mushrooms and white truffle oil, silky carbonara, and sturdy lasagna. Reservations are available here.

When: Through Marathon Monday, April 18, 2022

Where: Lucia Ristorante, 415 Hanover Street, Boston

Black ink pasta at Lucia in Boston.
Black ink pasta arrives at Lucia as a 2022 Marathon special.
Lucia Ristorante

Marathon maki at Shore Leave

While pasta is the go-to for carb-loading before a big race, rice takes care of the job equally well. At Shore Leave, chef Colin Lynch has added a “marathon roll” to the restaurant’s usual menu of tropical-themed sushi and cocktails. The “marathon roll” includes tempura sweet potato and avocado wrapped in seaweed with torched salmon with red onion and dill crème fraîche. Reservations are available here.

When: April 17, 2022

Where: Shore Leave, 11 William E Mullins Way, Boston

Marathon roll at Shore Leave in Boston is stuffed with tempura sweet potato and stuffed with torched salmon.
Marathon Roll at Shore Leave
Shore Leave

Tuscan Kitchen Seaport

62 Seaport Blvd., Boston, MA 02210 Visit Website

Tuscan Kitchen Seaport

64 Seaport Boulevard, , MA 02210 (617) 303-7300 Visit Website

Oak Long Bar + Kitchen

138 Saint James Avenue, , MA 02116 (617) 585-7222 Visit Website

Bambara

25 Edwin H Land Boulevard, , MA 02141 (617) 868-4444 Visit Website

SRV

569 Columbus Avenue, , MA 02118 (617) 536-9500 Visit Website

Lucia Ristorante

415 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113 (617) 367-2353 Visit Website

Shore Leave

11 William E Mullins Way, , MA 02118 (617) 530-1775 Visit Website

Bambara Cambridge

25 Edwin H Land Boulevard, , MA 02141 (617) 868-4444 Visit Website

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