Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Pastalicious - The Pastabilities are Endless!

Pastalicious - 25-13 30th Avenue, Astoria, NY 11102
N/W Train to 30th Avenue

I first heard about Pastalicious, a pasta eat-in/take-out joint from Margot. Distracted by other eateries in town, I didn't give it much thought until I received a menu from them in the mail. The "pastabilities" as this quirky place likes to put it are endless and the best part is that everything is customizable. So I took a walk over there yesterday and scoped out the scene. Cool-looking place, friendly staff, cheery decor--overall I say it's worth a try. The pasta looks delicious and while I haven't tried it yet, I heard it's very good. The exterior could use a refresher or a good scrub but it's really what lies beneath that's so intriguing.

Check out a sampling of their fun menu here:

All pasta comes in 2 sizes: One Size Fits All and Party Size (feeding up to 6 people)

Pasta Our Way:
One Size Fits All...$10.99, Party Size...$43.97

Fusilli Al Pastalicious (steak, wild mushrooms, zucchini)
Gemelli Carbonara (pancetta, wild mushrooms, creamy white sauce)
Gnocchi Al Pastalicious (sausage, onions, buttery sauce)
Macaroni and Cheese (three kinds of cheese, ham)

Pasta Your Way:
One Size Fits All...$6.99-$8.99 (includes pasta, sauce and cheese) or $10.99 (includes pasta, sauce, cheese and unlimited toppings); Party Size...$27.97-$35.97 (includes pasta, sauce and cheese) or $43.97 (includes pasta, sauce, cheese and unlimited toppings)

First you pick your pasta. A sampling includes: fettuccine, spaghetti, capellini, rigatoni, jumbo shells, gnocchi, penne, whole wheat spaghetti, tortellini, ravioli and much more.

Second, you choose your sauce. A sampling includes: pomodoro, bechamel, alfredo, chicken bolognese, red pesto and much more.

Third, you choose your toppings. A sampling includes: fresh tomatoes, shrimp, pancetta, olives, capers, prosciutto, meatballs, mixed mushrooms and much more.

They also offer make-your-own salads with plenty of fixins.

As always, if you'd like to see the full menu hit me up at critic@foodistanyc.com

Pastalicious delivers between the hours of 11a-11p.

Am I whetting your appetite? To make your own pasta, look out for my Creamy Chicken Orzo recipe tomorrow...


  1. Hi foodista, thanks for sending me the menu! I finally had the chance to try Pastalicious out tonight. I had gnocchi + bechamel sauce + sun dried tomatoes + mushrooms + pancetta + sausage, and my husband had penne + pomodoro + broccoli + roasted peppers. I really liked my dish. Servings are generous, and I took some leftovers home. My husband liked his too, but not as much as me (but he's super-picky). Service was friendly and fast. The only thing is that because the restaurant has an open kitchen, it feels more like a take-out or casual eaterie than a place to linger. Great ingredients and value for the price!

  2. Glad that you enjoyed this place. Yes, you are right, it's more of a counter/take-out option rather than a sit down. I can't wait to try it. I love gnocchi too!



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