The Pasta Market is a blend between fast food and restaurant dining. Place your order at a counter and pay for it first. Then seat yourself at white-clothed tables and your food is served to you. You have to get your own drinks, but you don't have to bus you dishes at the end of the meal. Food is plated and there are no paper or plastic plates, cups, or utensils. Ambiance is nice, with a fireplace, carpeting, and striking pictures on the walls.
The menu is varied, and pasta is the featured item. They have it baked or fresh, and a wide variety of sauces and toppings. They also have a few meat entrees.
I have eaten here about 5 times. The lunch pasta special is good for the money, and the portions are moderate in size. The chicken picatta is cooked to order and is quite good. But the pastas are just not up to a cook-to-order Italian restaurant. They're not bad, but just not yet 4 stars. The sauces taste as if they are cooked well in advance and spooned over the pasta when ordered, rather than being prepared to order. Some of them lack the fresh flavor I would expect. Two days ago I ordered the Linguine Leonardo for $11.95, which featured pasta with chicken breast, mushrooms, sundried tomatoes, spinach, garlic, olive oil. So this dish did not feature a sauce, but an oil-based topping. It could have used a few more sun dried tomatoes (I love them, and want one in every bite!), but the spinach was fresh. But the dish just seemed to lack the robust fresh flavor I would have expected. It did include a nice salad.
My wife ordered the Spinach and Veal Cannelloni ($6.95), and the noodles were somewhat dried out and hard. (I just had cannelloni at Mio Vicino the other day, and it was PERFECT! So my taste buds were a bit disappointed in this Pasta Market dish). There is no salad served with this dish (which the price reflects).
We had an early dinner there (5 PM), and the tablecloths had not been changed from lunch, and some were dirty. My other 4 times at this restaurant were at lunch, and the tablecloths were always fresh.
It's not a bad place, and is a step up from fast food, but a step down from a really good Italian restaurant.
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