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Pasta Mia
Italian Restaurant$$
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1790 Columbia Rd NW Washington, DC 20009
1790 Columbia Road NorthwestUSDistrict of ColumbiaWashington20009
(202) 328-9114
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This cash-only institution draws fans to its old-school digs for large portions of Italian dishes.- Google
"I ordered cheese tortellini in a cream sauce with peas & ham."
"Be prepared to wait 60-90 minutes if you aren't first in line."
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Christian Dutilh
a month ago
One of those places that does things its own way. CASH ONLY, huge portions, no reservations. If you're going on a date, you can get a caesar salad and a pasta dish and share it and be totally fine!
Vladimir Hery
6 months ago
My brother told me about the place and brought me here. When looking at the menu i was a bit astonished by the overall price, but the portions were... Absolutely phenomenal ! The quality of the food as well ! The couple owning the place are open-hearted and kind people. A must-have-to-go place without a doubt.
Sam Hall
3 months ago
Be prepared to wait 60-90 minutes if you aren't first in line. Only one cook works here so you'll have to wait for all the orders in front of you.
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Lisa Paquette
a year ago
Pasta Mia is a fantastic, no-nonsense pasta place. You used to have to wait on line to get in, though lately there hasn't been a wait. Owners are straight from Italy and know their pasta! Simple menu with tons of pasta options. My favorite is the pappardelle with meat ragu- delicious! Be warned: the portions are HUGE! I easily get a second, sometimes third meal out of the pasta. The salads are also large and should be shared with the table. I've heard they aren't very accommodating if you ask for an exception (such as no cheese) but have never experienced this myself. Rumor for the past year has been they're closing, so if this is true go before they do!
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Catherine Driscoll
4 months ago
Wow, this is my first review of a restaurant. That's how much this place sucks. I live right around the corner, and enjoyed the food years ago. However after moving back, I have been repeatedly appalled by the horrible service. Tonight was over the top, however. I went in earlier (8pm) to order food to go, was told I couldn't do that. So I came back (9pm) and sat waiting for a table for 20 minutes being ignored before they told me they were closing early (sign and Internet say 10pm) and the owner came over and rudely threw me out. I mean really? The pasta just isn't that good.
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Tom Brown
6 months ago
In a world of small portions and obnoxious fusion cuisine, Pasta Mia stands as a beacon of old fashioned good food. This is a restaurant for people that are no nonsense and want to be so full that they can't think about food until the next morning.
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Adam Gresek
a year ago
I know this place is beloved in DC. It also is supposed to be closing sometime in the near future and that is generating a lot of nostalgia. I could see that love and nostalgia when I walked in. It's a tiny place with red checkered tablecloths, they only take cash and they set their hours as they please. If there was a Wiki for "mom and pop restaurant" it would describe this place. I went with a long time DC resident and she was in heaven as she enjoyed every bite of her giant bowl of capellini bolognese. I wasn't as impressed. I split a decent but unspectacular Caesar salad with my dining partner and had the gnocchi gorgonzola for my main. The gnocchi were cooked to a perfect tenderness, but they were swimming in a veritable pool of cream sauce. It was kinda like eating a bland white cheese soup with some gnocchi floating in it. Overall it wasn't bad, but I wasn't blown away. Also, they either melted some cheese or kept it warm in the broiler which caused the sauce to break a little bit and there was some puddled up oil on the top. A minor flaw, but one I noticed. That being said, the portions are pretty massive. I had enough gnocchi to fill me up there and make an oversized lunch the next day. In all I can totally see why people love this place, it has Italian comfort food written all over it. I guess I just don't feel the love.
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Kate Bigam
a year ago
The wait at Pasta Mia is generally an atrocity, but in my view, it's almost a;ways worth it. Get in line before they open, or about two hours afterward to get the best seats with the shortest wait time. This place is old-timey: no substitutions, no cash. But together, my friends I split bread baskets & a carafe of wine & a house salad & an appetizer & a dessert (giant tiramisu!) and, of course, our own massive entrees - for just $30 apiece. And did I mention that our entrees are so big we always have enough food for leftovers lunches the next day? Of course, most importantly, the food also TASTES incredible. I ordered cheese tortellini in a cream sauce with peas & ham. Simple, yes, but delicious, YES. I can make tortellini myself, but I can't make tortellini like that. I always have a hard time making myself stop eating it to hold onto it for the next day. Eating at Paste Mia is quite an experience, & it's often one that requires lots of time & patience. But... well, it should be obvious by now that it's entirely worth it.
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