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Pasta Fresca in Columbia SC?

north2south Feb 27, 2007 09:14 AM

I'm looking for information about Pasta Fresca in the Forest Acres neighborhood of Columbia, SC. Is this place any good or is it just a locally-owned version of something like an Olive Garden? Please advise. Thanks.

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  1. deibu RE: north2south Feb 27, 2007 10:51 AM

    I've always liked it. Good if you like different types of fresh-made pasta and sauces. I work about a block from the restaurant and sometimes you can smell the garlic wafting out of there when you drive by. I've never had any of the red sauce entrees, just the seafood ones. And the bruschetta is usually pretty good as well.


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      Awall25 RE: north2south Feb 27, 2007 12:52 PM

      It's a pretty decent pasta place. As far as I know it's local, so that is always a good thing.

      It can be a little stuffy if the place is full though.

      I actually had one of my most embarrassing moments their. I put a large mouthful of pasta in my mouth and for some reason it was scorching hot, and I had to spit it out in front of my date to save my taste buds.

      1. SweetPea RE: north2south Feb 27, 2007 02:26 PM

        It's good - give it a try. A particular favorite is paglio fieno. And I agree with deibu about the bruschetta.

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          Ellen of SC RE: north2south Feb 27, 2007 05:28 PM

          I consider Pasta Frasca a "can't lose" spot. Never had a bad dish, and service has always been good. Nothing real fancy, just satisfying food.

          1. Suzy Q RE: north2south Feb 27, 2007 08:07 PM

            I used to live in Columbia and always loved Pasta Fresca. Glad to hear they're still around, and yes, it is a local restaurant.

            1. north2south RE: north2south Mar 1, 2007 12:20 PM

              Thanks for the feedback. I'll give it a try and report back.

              1. SweetPea RE: north2south Mar 14, 2007 02:55 PM

                Well, I couldn't wait any longer for your report. I had to pick up a paglio fieno dinner to go last night. We split that and a bruschetta for dinner and had leftovers which I, um..... ate for breakfast. Well, not the bruschetta, but the rest of the pasta. While I waited (I called in so it wasn't even long enough for a glass of wine) I watched them cooking and plating, which I really enjoyed. The stove is RIGHT THERE with flames licking around saute pans of all kinds of goodness and the aroma...ahh.....

                1. izzizzi RE: north2south Mar 14, 2007 06:23 PM

                  I've only been once, but it was good. Definently homemade. The sauces aren't "authentic" Italian...but it's good nonetheless. I'm Italian and grew up on real Italian...so I know my pasta.

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