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

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    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 Fusilli Calabrese that’s made with Ricotta and Goat Cheese folded into fusilli and then sauteed in a spicy, piquant tomato sauce. There’s also the Parisienne Gnocchi Olio E Pepperoncini that has gnocchi mixed with peas, asparagus and garlic, pan seared. But the pasta that’s after our heart is the Ravioli of Mushrooms, that’s stuffed with assorted mushrooms, ricotta cheese and topped with baby arugula and tossed in a creamy mushroom sauce.  

    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 Fettucine Pollo alla Fiorentina (pasta with chicken, spinach in truffle lapped by a chive cream 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 Lasagna Campania is another hit here. They also have low carb, diet pasta options for you to indulge in, guilt-free. For the vegetarians, they have the Spaghetti Alla Siciliana that has ricotta cheese, eggplants and tomatoes.  

    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. 

    Bologna

    Bologna

    Indira Nagar, Bangalore

    There would have to be a mention about this place and its al-dente pastas, ranging from fettucine, farfalle to gnocchi and ravioli. With a wide array of options for vegetarians and non-vegetarians, we fell in love with their pasta offerings, especially the Tortellini Di Bologna stuffed with mascarpone cheese and sauteed with diced Italian bacon, sausage and a meaty tomato sauce. We also recommend the Penne Al Pesto for you vegetarians that has the goodness of traditional Italian basil pesto. 

    Napoli Italian Bistro

    The place has a cozy welcoming vibe and we would highly recommend the place's Lamb Bolognese Pasta that has minced lamb in a hearty tomato sauce. We also loved the Cottage Cheese Pasta that is cooked in a rosemary scented tomato sauce. For those of you pink sauce lovers, try the Sundried Tomato Creamy Pasta that has the tart sun dried tomato simmered with your choice of pasta in a creamy white sauce. 

    Tiamo

    Lush, open and besides the pool in this famous hotel, Tiamo isn't just known for its breathtaking ambience but also for its pasta. We're talking about the Homemade Spinach And Ricotta Ravioli that comes with parmesan flakes and a tomato-basil emulsion. Their Sundried Tomato Tortellini with tomato mousse and saffron-sage buttered sauce doesn't just sound good, it also tastes sublime. 

    Pro Tip

    Want something a bit more than pasta? Try out these places for the best Italian fare in the city.