Pasta maniacs now have another possible haunt, albeit in a rather unlikely location. Located just a stone’s throw away from the City Square mall and in a row of quaint shophouses, Pasta Inc serves up unpretentious food with extremely reasonable prices (note: It’s in the same spot where Stiff Chilli used to be). Owned by a pair of affable brothers, Pasta Inc makes up for its lack of a chi-chi vibe with good food, great service and a cozy, down-to-earth vibe. There are 12 types of pasta dishes to be tried here, and an assortment of salads, appetizers, soups, mains, desserts and even gelato. The bruschetta is good to start with, and so is the cappesante gratinato (fresh scallops with belchamel sauce and Parmesan cheese)—the scallops were juicy, tasty and just cheesy enough. For a more exotic pasta, check out the spaghetti frutti di mare e nero di sepia (spaghetti cooked with seafood in a squid-ink based sauce)—which was fresh and al dente, although slightly dry. If you dig lamb, the costolette di agnello (lamb chop flavored with balsamic, red wine, rosemary and fresh mint) is a reliable bet. End your meal with the tiramisu and crème brulee—pretty good desserts (especially the former) in our book too.
We like our meals hearty, with sizable portions of good ol’ carbs, a generous drizzle of oil and lots of rich flavors. Thankfully, this affordable hole-in-the-wall Italian joint has plenty to offer. We found ourselves on the best seats in the house—a cozy alcove in the back of the restaurant. It made us feel a bit like we were on our first date.
Things got steamier when we each had our bite of the chosen appetizers: The gamberi prawns in garlic and portobello alforno. So delicious and juicy, this paved the way for greater things to come, like the seafood spaghetti in squid ink sauce, which was unlike anything we’ve ever tasted—the confluence of savory and sweet was a refreshing change from the other pasta places. For the perfect ending to the occasion, we ordered the tiramisu which typically, had a cloying aftertaste, but was otherwise fine. The restaurant’s attentive waiting staff and calming ambiance left us wanting more—we’ll definitely be back.