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“Great comfort Italian food” 5 of 5 stars
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Pasta?
160 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94041
(650) 938-4147
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Phoenix00017
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Great comfort Italian food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

While they may not be quite as exotic as some other Italian places in terms of offering rare and interesting meets, cheeses, and dishes, we love Pasta? (often cited as PastaQ on maps and websites) for it's high quality "standard' pastas. We've had the ravioli, pesto chicken, chicken parmasen, gnocchi, lasagna - all were great. Good bread and olive oil served as well. Nice atmosphere, and portions that can generally give at least 1.5 meals per dish. We found the truffle cream sauce to be a bit too heavy and oily, but that is literally the only thing we've tried that wasn't just lovely (and it was tasty, just a bit much).

Visited July 2012
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English first
Seattle, Washington
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11 reviews 11 reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Nice meal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

While not the best Italian food I have ever had, Pasta? Is quite tasty. My friend loved her seafood risotto, and my rigatoni con pollo was tasty. Nice wine too. And the service by the really cute waiters didn't hurt either! We sat outside, which was a great way to feel part of the action. I would return.

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Mountain View, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Love this place! Delicious food, great service, affordable!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2012

I love this place! The pastas & sauces taste authentic and fresh; the staff is always cheerful and helpful, and the prices are good (for California!) I love the penne primavera (and sub in the organic whole wheat penne) as my low-cal mainstay, the ravioli de la casa is absolutely amazing, and the penne gorgonzola (has little bits of pear in the creamy sauce - so yummy!) and the roasted potatoes are to die for! I highly recommend checking this place out if you're in the area!
I've gone to this place for dates and for meet-the-parents - it's got a casual atmosphere (but a more refined feel than a place like Olive Garden) so it's good for families too. It's definitely a local favorite!
The outdoor seating is great in nice weather too - there are lovely fragrant jasmine bushes by the tables with views of downtown Mountain View.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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mountain view, ca
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great authentic food, great people”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2012

Most, if not all, of the staff are native Italians and it really makes a difference. They have captured the simple elegance of Italian cuisine in a lovely and friendly atmosphere. Yes, it's a chain, but this particular location is especially warm and inviting.

Visited January 2012
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2011

I ordered fusilli con salsiccia - the dish was great and the spiciness was just right. The service was good and the atmosphere was really nice too.

  • Visited August 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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