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Pasta Fresca

4722 Forest Dr, Columbia, SC 29206
+1 803-787-1838
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Ranked #13 of 827 Restaurants in Columbia
Sat - Thu 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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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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Vienna, Virginia
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135 reviews 135 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Usually, I find that the TripAdvisor reviews and overall ranking are extremely reliable. But that wasn't our experience on our visit to Pasta Fresca... maybe this is some inconsistency in the kitchen. And maybe in the front of the house as well. The parking lot was full--the place is clearly popular. And the new building is absolutely gorgeous--you've gotta give... More

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Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I just moved to Columbia and have been overwhelmed by the number of restaurants there are to choose from. Fortunately for me, I stumbled across Pasta Fresca on a restaurant delivery service's website one day while lazing around my house. My boyfriend and I had their Ravioli Fresca and Alfredo. The ravioli fresca is made with spinach and walnut stuffed... More

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Columbia, SC
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Pasta Fresca is a winner! It's a toss up between the pasta fresca ravioli and the chicken spinach lasagna. So good! Definitely try the crab soup too.

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
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
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
15 helpful votes 15 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
25 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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