Where to Celebrate the Marathon Without Moving, or Sweating


OK, so maybe you're not dressing up in a hamburger suit to run 26.2 miles. You're still a worthy human being entitled to delicious food (in moderation). Ahead, some spots around town that are "running" marathon specials.

Dante: Chef Dante's doing an All You Can Eat Pasta Marathon, with bottomless pasta bowls from a special menu with lotsa carbs and protein. On the list: Tagliatelle “primavera" with beans, peas, soybeans; Tufoli with San Marzano tomato sugo, basil, Parmigiano Reggiano; and Chitarra with basil, pine nuts, garlic, olive oil, Parmigiano Reggiano. Add salmon for $14, chicken for $7, and the trasitional beef and pork meatballs for $7 to anything.

Deep Ellum and Lone Star Taco Bar: Jen Salucci and Max Toste are running the marathon for charity. So drink a "Marathon Margarita," made with Milagro Blanco Tequila, agave nectar, lime juice, and a salt rim for a mere $10, and help them out! Proceeds go to RESPOND.

Ducali Pizzeria & Bar: Owner (and marathoner) Phil Frattaroli hosts a marathon party on Sunday, April 14 at 8 p.m. to raise funds in honor of his chosen charity, the UMass ALS Champion Fund. A suggested donation of $26.00 goes directly to the organization. They'll serve a carbolicious tortellini pizza and Sam Adams’ Boston 26.2 Brew, made for the marathon.

Haru: Haru will have Marathon Monday specials for $3-$6 all day long. (Bonus: They're a block from the finish line.) On the menu: edamame, California rolls, tuna avocado caviar rolls, spicy tuna rolls, kamikaze rolls, crunchy spicy salmon rolls, spicy chicken terikayi, tempura, and spring rolls.

Prezza: Prezza will offer unlimited portions of $26.20 per person on Marathon Sunday. Get orecchiette (broccoli rabe, sausage, Taleggio cheese); linguini (shrimp, spring garlic, fava beans, white wine); or bucatini all’ Amatriciana. If you're not looking to carbo-load, order individual entrees for $18.

Scampo: They're mixing an “Il Gara” (translation: "the Race") in honor of the marathon. It's made with bourbon, ginger liquor, lemon, and mint. Lydia Shire has also added some new pastas to her spring menu: hand-cut serrated egg pappardelle with chervil; english peas and pancetta; mushroom gnocchi with grilled lobster tail and spring ramps; and handmade large rigatoni with rapini tops and fennel sausage.

Sweet: For runners, Sweet's baking cupcakes topped with their customized bib number. Get one for yourself, or surprise someone more in shape than you with a special order with 48 hours advance notice. All Sweet locations will also have cupcakes with generic bib numbers “#1” and “2013” on Marathon Day.

Towne: They'll offer pasta specials throughout Marathon weekend: spaghetti (pomodoro sauce, basil), penne (with beef and veal Bolognese); ricotta lemon ravioli (asparagus, chervil); and fettuccine Alfredo (soft egg, truffle).