It’s Italy On A Plate: Check Out The City’s Best Pasta Haunts

    If there was ever a ranking of our favourite dishes to come out of Italy, we have a feeling that pasta and pizza will top the charts. While we have celebrated the pizza here, it is now time for pasta to claim its due. Agreed, a lot of places in the city have added more than a twist of Indian flavours to the dear old pasta. But what to do? It still tastes pretty darn good and we can’t seem to get enough of it. Check out these places to satisfy your pasta cravings.

    Little Italy

    Little Italy

    Indira Nagar, Bangalore

    A particular favourite with the vegetarians, this restaurant’s pasta menu is speckled with familiar, comforting and delicious flavours. The Pasta Al Forno, where the pasta is baked in a creamy Bechamel sauce, and the Pasta Al Sole Di Sicilia, that includes fresh mozzarella, capers, olives, and parmesan, are bestsellers here.

    Smoke House Deli

    Smoke House Deli

    Indira Nagar, Bangalore

    Who said pasta can’t be healthy? Head to Smoke House Deli and pick from a lineup of gluten and dairy-free pasta that includes Jowar Gnocchi and Mushroom Fricassee, and Grilled Vegetable Ravioli cooked in a coconut and soya milk. If you like to stick to the traditional form, their signature My Boss Style Spaghetti (with red onions and field mushrooms) and Roast Garlic and Plum Tomato Fettuccine will do the trick. You can also make your own pasta at Smoke House Deli. 

    Olive Beach

    The pasta menu at Olive Beach is peppered with delightful flavours. There’s the Tagliatelle With Crab Meat that’s made with fresh crab meat tossed with garlic, chillies, fresh peas in chilli cream sauce. There’s also the spaghetti carbonara. But the pasta that’s after our heart is the Wild Mushroom Ragu that’s topped with slow-cooked oyster, shitake and button mushrooms with fresh thyme and porcini. 

    Pasta Street

    Pasta Street

    Indira Nagar, Bangalore

    Pasta Street, the name says it all! You’ll be spoilt for choice at this eatery when it comes to pasta. Go with the Rocket Fuel, that comes in a red sauce and with a generous dose of chilli, or the Creamy Pesto if you are a vegetarian. For the meat lovers, there’s Pollo Venezia, where chargrilled strips of chicken are cooked in a white wine sauce. There’s also a Chicken Carbonara version.

    Toscano

    Toscano

    Ashok Nagar, Bangalore

    There’s a nice mix of the familiar and the not-so-familiar at Toscano. You can go with a warm Spaghetti Pomodoro (tomato sauce, olives, and basil) or the Rigatoni Con Salsiccia (ground sausages and stewed cabbage in tomato sauce). These are just two from a long list of options ranging from signature pasta and artisans pasta that you can indulge in. 

    Via Milano

    Via Milano

    Koramangala, Bangalore

    Go Italiano at this restaurant with bowls of delicious pasta. If you are feeling indulgent go for the Fusilli al Salmone (fusilli with smoked salmon in a creamy tomato and vodka sauce). The baked beef lasagna is another hit here. They also have low carb, diet pasta options for you to indulge in, guilt-free.

    Bene

    At this spiffy restaurant, you get to choose from a lineup that includes Linguine Al Frutti Di Marie and Pasta Caprese (handmade eggless pasta with burrata with tomato and basil sauce and crispy leeks. The familiar names – Bolognese, Gamberi, Carbonara – are also part of the pasta parade here.

    Ottimo

    Ottimo is the one for all of you who love your pasta to drip luxury. You’ll find stunners as Penne Grattachecce made with penne pasta with Italian herbs, red chilli, and tomato. There’s also slow-roasted ragout, homemade chicken ravioli, and homemade crab and mascarpone ravioli. Sufficiently impressed?

    Sunny’s

    Sunny's

    Ashok Nagar, Bangalore

    Another crowd favourite, Sunny’s pasta lineup includes the usual suspects – lasagnes, aglio olios, bolognese, and carbonara (highly recommended). But if you’d like to experiment, there’s also spaghetti in caramelised onions, cheese and garlic, black pepper fettuccine served with wild mushrooms, and angel hair pasta paired with succulent shrimps.

    Chianti

    Chianti

    Koramangala, Bangalore

    One of Bangalore's favourite and go-to Italian restaurant, Chianti has a wide array of pasta that one could indulge in. Order the Spaghetti Alla Napoletana which is filled with the classic tomato sauce and basil with spaghetti. Try their Linguine Al Amatriciana made with bacon and tomato sauce. There's plenty of options for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians to choose from at Chianti.