Slideshow: Knockout Noodles: The Best Noodle Dishes of 2012 in Chicago

Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce and Calabrian chiles from Nellcôte
Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce and Calabrian chiles from Nellcôte
Thick and bold and toothsome, Nellcôte's made-from-scratch spaghetti stick with you. Read more here >>
Udon Noodles and Asian Bolognese from Urban Belly
Udon Noodles and Asian Bolognese from Urban Belly
Dense, springy udon noodles. Chili-like "Asian bolognese" sauce. It's only an occasional special, so if you snag a bowl, consider yourself very lucky. Read more here >>
Housemade Bratwurst and Orecchiette from Telegraph Wine Bar
Housemade Bratwurst and Orecchiette from Telegraph Wine Bar
Who knew that bratwurst and pasta would be such an inspired combination? I could eat this springtime pasta dish year-round. Read more here >>
Hiyashi Ramen from Ai Japanese Restaurant & Lounge
Hiyashi Ramen from Ai Japanese Restaurant & Lounge
I had a lot of fun slurping down this deconstructed plate of perfectly firm cold ramen noodles and soup toppings. Read more here >>
Monday Lasagna from Club Lago
Monday Lasagna from Club Lago
Just look at that sucker and tell me it's not calling your name. No bells and whistles here, just some straight up nonna style lasagna. Read more here >>
Chicken Rice Noodle Salad from Bon Bon Vietnamese Sandwiches
Chicken Rice Noodle Salad from Bon Bon Vietnamese Sandwiches
"Beautifully marinated and glazed dark meat chicken co-stars in this bowl with fluffy, sticky rice noodles," I noted at the time. And I still think about that tasty chicken and those light, delicate noodles. Read more here >>
Housemade Tortelli at Piccolo Sogno Due
Housemade Tortelli at Piccolo Sogno Due
I essentially wrote a love letter to these light, pillowy noodles when reviewing chef Todd Stein's new home. Read more here >>
Ramen from The Aviary
Ramen from The Aviary
All three of the ramens I tried at The Aviary were clearly the result of some meticulous and inspiring chef work. They brought my 2012 noodle search to a promising and bar-raising close. Read more here >>