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Pasta Cosi

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Today I went with some friends to Pasta Cosi in Branford. I was expecting to be wowed by their pastas. I had angel hair pasta puttanesca. The pasta tasted starchy, the sauce was salty and there was too much of it on the pasta. I was surprised that a place that specialized in pasta could make such an abominable dish. Is there a new chef there that doesn't know how to cook pasta?
My waiter did ask if the food was OK. I complained about the salt in the pasta and he returned it to the kitchen and got me a panini. The mozzarella and prociutto panini was OK, but the french fries that came with it (and with the sandwich of a friend) were soggy. Another friend had a pasta dish that was drowned in sauce.

What are your thoughts on this restaurant?

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Pasta Cosi
1018 Main St, Branford, CT 06405

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  1. I used to go often....then it moved, had an experience similar to yours, and haven't been back. Lots of competition for my food $$$ in that area

    1. Intended to go to Darbar for lunch today but was greeted with a sign: "We close lunch, open dinner", so I went to Pasta Cosi in the next block. The lunch menu had some paninis, salads and pizzas, and omitted the heavier entrees in the dinner menu online (www.pastacosi.com), but in the pasta section their Lobster Ravioli was described as "famous", so I thought what the heck. It was ok, but the taste of lobster was almost drowned out by the thick garlicky sauce (good for sopping up with their uncrusty bread). I also enjoyed a fairly good Chianti of generous proportions and was amused to listen to a wine salesperson schmoozing the owner while pouring him many glasses of her samples. Decor nothing special...ESPN in the bar area, lots of signed photos on the wall and vaguely Italian music playing on the speakers. I'd say it was a pretty average Italian bistro except that the menu does have a few intriguing entries that sound worth trying.

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      Pasta Cosi
      1018 Main St, Branford, CT 06405