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Pasta Fresca

4722 Forest Dr, Columbia, SC 29206
+1 803-787-1838
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Ranked #13 of 826 Restaurants in Columbia
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Description: Pasta Fresca is a local, family-owned restaurant that has been in Forest Acres for 15+ years. In May 2012, Pasta Fresca moved to its new home. Still on Forest Drive, same amazing house-made pasta, but with lots more room for our ever increasing regulars family. We have a lovely patio, full bar, a beautiful open dining room and a private dining room for up to 16 people. At Pasta Fresca, we make everything fresh and in-house. Every Tuesday come and enjoy live music from 6 to 9pm and check out our daily Happy Hour 4:30 to 7pm with $3 house wines and house liquors and $2 domestic beers. Get your comfort food fix at a charming Forest Acres original.
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Description: Pasta Fresca is a local, family-owned restaurant that has been in Forest Acres for 15+ years. In May 2012, Pasta Fresca moved to its new home. Still on Forest Drive, same amazing house-made pasta, but with lots more room for our ever increasing regulars family. We have a lovely patio, full bar, a beautiful open dining room and a private dining room for up to 16 people. At Pasta Fresca, we make everything fresh and in-house. Every Tuesday come and enjoy live music from 6 to 9pm and check out our daily Happy Hour 4:30 to 7pm with $3 house wines and house liquors and $2 domestic beers. Get your comfort food fix at a charming Forest Acres original.
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English first
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17 reviews 17 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 via mobile

Dined at Pasta Fresca for dinner and greatly enjoyed it. The Cheesy Bruchetta appetizer with plump roma tomatoes was excellent, followed by tasty main dishes of Seafood Gorgonzola and Loaded Spaghetti (meatball, sausage & meat sauce). The only low point was a bland house salad, instead spend an extra .75¢ to replace with a superb crab bisque and your meal... More

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Dartmouth, Massachusetts, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Even though the parking lot was full when we arrived, there was plenty of light and space in the restaurant while the sound level was low. Our waitress arrived at our table shortly after we were seated to get our drink orders and refilled our drinks without our asking for refills which is always very nice. We ordered two Chicken... More

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St. Simons Island, GA
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Visiting Columbia, Pasta Fresca was recommended at the Residence Inn and it was a great find. Very interesting pasta dishes and very large portions. Plenty to take home. I also appreciated the recyclable carry out container. Waiter was helpful and friendly. It was to hot for outdoor seating but looked like it would be an enjoyable experience. I found the... More

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Mauldin, SC
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30 reviews 30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Recently ate here for the first time since they moved. I liked the old place, as it was quaint (i.e. way too small). The food was great as usual and the extra space was welcomed as I don't like eating at places where you can hear the boring conversation from the people beside you. They have the best pasta in... More

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Augusta, Georgia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

This place has good maybe on part with olive garden. Sure, there are some variations on the normal Americanized Italian, but the outcome is just really lackluster. There is so much potential for lots of flavor and richness in Italian food; that it really disappoints me to find places like this that make it relatively plain.

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Lexington, South Carolina
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38 reviews 38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Very good location in Forest Acres. I was expecting more with the garlic bread, was similar to what you buy at the grocery store. Their house salad was very good. The Santa Fe Chicken pasta was very good. The fettuccini alfredo wasn't very impressive. Tasted like what you could make at home.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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62 reviews 62 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

On Forest Drive near Trenholm Road, a few miles from downtown Columbia, sits the new location of an old favorite, Pasta Fresca. Like its smaller and less fancy predecessor location, the emphasis is on high quality Italian food. Be warned that the portions are large and easily can be shared. My wife and I like the seafood specials (there usually... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
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52 reviews 52 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

This is a long overdue review. We have been enjoying Pasta Fresca for more than a decade. I can't tell you how many evenings we've gone, but I can tell you that we have never had a disappointment in service or meals. There is evident love in what Pasta Fresca does and that love comes through in what you see,... More

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Florence, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014 via mobile

My favorite place by far! The spinach angel hair pasta with veggies and the cayenne cream sauce is phenomenal!!! I love that all their pasta is fresh and homemade! Yum!

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Columbia, South Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Walking in the front door, you are always greeted like you've just returned home!!! No matter what you may order off the menu, it is always fresh and delicious. Never a disappointment. I try to change what I order every time we go to eat with family or friends or to celebrate a Birthday or Anniversary. Pasta Fresca stays true... More

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Frescapasta, Manager at Pasta Fresca, responded to this review

Anne R., You are too kind. I think I know just who you are :-) Thank you and Steve for coming in all these years. We have loved getting to know you, and appreciate your support of Pasta Fresca from the old location to our new home. More

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