For those too cool to count carbs, pasta is in. Plates of the Italian staple are circulating at the latest trendy tables. In New York, Rocco’s 22nd Street (212-353-0500) serves spaghetti with Mama’s meatballs to newfound fans of chef/charmer Rocco DiSpirito (made 15-minutes famous as star of TV’s reality show The Restaurant). Leading Philadelphia restaurateur Stephen Starr gives the ethnic comfort food an upscale twist à la lobster spaghetti at Angelina (215-925-6889). And old country noodles are imported to ever-loopy Las Vegas via the MGM Grand
Hotel Casino, where a casual version of New York’s award-winning Fiamma has opened (702-891-7600).