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Il Pastaio

Parijsstraat 33, Leuven 3000, Belgium
+32 16 230902
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Ranked #61 of 259 Restaurants in Leuven
Price range: $26 - $33
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Malta, Europe
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Don't get me wrong, the food is good, but it's not great, especially when considering that for the same price, I ate a great steak at the restaurant opposite. Also, I think the service is too slow considering the fact that there were barely any other customers while I was there.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We got a mix of 5 sorts of overcooked pasta drained in cream. Too much and too expensive (€20 pp). This food has nothing to do with the Italian kitchen where simplicity rules. Average house wine

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

The food is good, the tiramisu is great! Nice atmosphere with very friendly staff. Maybe a bit overpriced, but still worth a regular visit!

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Werchter, Belgium
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 via mobile

A cosy place to have some very honest italian food. Good ingredients. Well prepared. We also noted (downstairs) it is a traiteur (fresh prepared italian take away food). Upstairs a a small restaurant with only a few tables. Nice location (in the center of leuven, close to everything) and super italian food !

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Brussels, Belgium
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100 reviews 100 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014 via mobile

Friendly, warm, informal atmosphere. Great pasta, excellent wine and a smile! Will be back for sure. The only drawback is the absence of parking options in the proximity, you will have to walk min 200 meters if lucky.

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Christchurch
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86 reviews 86 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

Decided to come in on a Monday night after seeing the pasta in the window. The service was friendly and excellent. I had the carne ravioli and my friend had the pasta groenten, both of which were amazing. There seemed to also be a steady business of people coming in to order pasta take away. I wouldn't hesitate to come... More

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Leuven, Belgium
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11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

Finally a restaurant with quality pastas! How it should be! Coming from an Italian family I have a very critical view and I can testify this is a pretty good representative for Italian pasta. The service is pretty slow, but friendly. I would definitely come here again.

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Leuven, Belgium
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4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

I had a yummy prawn fettucine pasta. It was quite tasty but nothing special. In particular the quartered tomatoes throughout the dish that were barely cooked let it down. I ate with three friends and in particular one friend found the spaghetti puttanesca not very tasty. Good service but not a great meal.

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Leuven, Belgium
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88 reviews 88 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

A small restaurant, relaxed friendly service, great pastas what more do you need? Do not hesitate to use the take out. Wonderful pasta sauces, great oven dishes - do try the veggie lasagna - and great fresh pasta. Some good Italian wines too. So for a quick lunch, a laid back dinner or a great food for at home, you... More

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Ireland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013 via mobile

We dined here as the snow lay on the ground outside. We all agreed that the food served to us was excellent. Some members of the group struggled to finish the abundance of pasta served with the main course. Two Italians in our party gave it a definite thumbs up. The secret weapon in their arsenal of desserts was the... More

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