Wednesday, October 28, 2009
When in the Mood for Pasta (and you don't want to cook)
Do you ever have those nights when you just want some great pasta, but you're not in the mood to cook it yourself? Well I have the place for you if you live in the San Jose area! In the middle of downtown Los Gatos is a tiny little place with some wonderful homemade pasta! There are only about 10 tables; the activity is bustling and the ambience is very nice with frescoes on the wall. It is simple and unpretentious (the napkins are in paper!), and the prices are reasonable. They have all the regulars (pasta alfredo, primavera, arrabiata) as well as lots of unique and, in my opinion, much more interesting pasta dishes. We had their special tortolloni filled with veal served with a light sauce of prosciutto, mushrooms and peas, and their Primadonna which was fettuccine tossed with spinach, pancetta and prawns in an olive oil and garlic sauce. Both were excellent! You can order a good bottle of imported Italian wine to go along with your dinner and you will leave with a happy tummy! We were there mid-week and it was packed, so it's best to make reservations in advance. The restaurant is called The Pastaria & Market. They even have a brisk take-out business! I was glad that I was finally able to experience their wonderful pasta - it's been in Los Gatos for 15 years but this was the first time that I was fortunate enough to eat there! I will definitely keep this place when I need to quench that occasional Pasta Fix!