Pasta Moon
Pasta Moon

Pasta Moon

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.pastamoon.com/
  • Phone: 6507265125x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am -2:30pm, Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Kim Levin
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Several private rooms are available. Please call restaurant for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Teresa Maloney 650-726-5125 x
  • Entertainment: Live music every Wednesday in our Music Box Lounge
  • Special Events: Annual wine tasting and winemaker dinners. Please sign up for our monthly announcements

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Pasta Moon
A popular destination in Half Moon Bay for over 25 years, Pasta Moon Restaurant serves contemporary Italian cuisine using the freshest local produce available- in fact, easily the finest dining on the coast; (and not the most expensive!). You'll find a cozy setting for lunch or dinner, surrounded by old arched casement windows which once brought light into the Burlingame Public Library, and you'll be served by an attentive and knowlegable staff.
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Pasta Moon reviews from OpenTable diners
172 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (104)neighborhood gem (96)special occasion (92)romantic (67)great for lunch (51)notable wine list (44)good for groups (40)great for brunch (20)hot spot (20)kid-friendly (20)vibrant bar scene (16)late-night find (5)scenic view (5)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • outstanding meal
    2dineaboutVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We enjoyed the pasta special with scallops, cooked perfectly. The service was great,friendly and efficient. Will return.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    Cousins
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    A group of five adults enjoyed a Sunday lunch at Pasta Moon. Ally he food was delicious and fresh. Grat wines to go with any entree. Will return soon.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first time diners
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Excellent food, good prices. place was packed on a Saturday night.Would wait for a quieter night. the service was slow and the waitress almost invisible for the number of tables. it took a long time to get the drinks, then the food & the bill. would love to eat there again but not on a Saturday night.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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  • Our best meal yet
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Our meal was the best that we've had at Pasta Moon. The scallops with smoked linguine were superb, and the ribs were excellent too. Our waiter was very professional, even bringing a half glass of wine to my boyfriend when he didn't want a full one.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Believe all good reviews!
    carmelcoasttraveler
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    This restaurant more than lives up to its wonderful reputation. We showed up early for our dinner reservations, went to the bar and ended up enjoying happy hour PLUS. Hubby ordered a great martini; I had the red wine selection which was wonderful. We shared the best mussel appetizer we've had since visiting Sicily. Absolutely delicious! Followed by a thin-crusted, perfectly prepared sausage, proscuitto pizza. Server was charming. Food was over the top. Don't miss this place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Interesting watermelon salad. Special linguini eith seared scallops was good. Seafood pasta was hood but salty.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pasta Moon: "Celestial-Cuisine"!!!
    Moonlove
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We went for lunch. The "BEST" New England Chowder in-the-area!{delicate clams/lightly creamy/seasoned to perfection}. The "BEST" laced-battered, deep-fried green beans ever!{locally grown beans/with a light aioli sauce}. Caesar salad, to-die-for! All produce locally grown and only fresh sea-food!! The salmon was delicately perfect. The lasagne was hearty and moist, yet, not at all, too "cheesy"!{no pun intended!}. The wine pairing was right-on!. Barbara, our wait-person was delightful! Then there's Kim, the proprietor, who is the excellent culinary master, as well as a most gracious boniface. We will return "many" times!!! Sanford&William
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    GregVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Fresh ingredients expertly prepared with outstanding results. One of the better meals we have had in a while. Wait staff was equally good. Heartily recommend.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Best eggplant parm ever!
    AlwaysReadyToEat
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    After lots of delicious, indulgent meals during our California vacation, we were quite spoiled, but Pasta Moon still totally knocked our socks off! Great food, friendly service, joyful ambiance :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Innovative and delicious as always
    MEMmem
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We have dined at Pasta Moon several times over the years and it is always a pleasure to be there. The restaurant now has a much bigger dining area and they've expanded the bar area too. The ingredients are farm-fresh, the offerings innovative and well-prepared. Be sure to try the specials for the day. I didn't rate the ambiance as highly as the whole place needs a little more attention in terms of cleanliness but overall a lovely dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Our first time here. The lasagna is to die for! Perfect dine! Will be returning to Pasta Moon!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great. Try the specials
    Edward
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Everything is done so you have a great experience. You'll go back again and again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food at Pasta Moon
    BayAreaFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This was our first time at this restaurant for an anniversary dinner ( we live about 1.5 hours away). The food was all delicious. We had fresh pasta dishes, Lasagne and pappardelle with tomato sauce, pancetta, and mushrooms ... Both excellent. I enjoyed the arugula salad with grilled peaches and goat cheese. Split a dessert of marscapone cheesecake with chocolate sauce and chocolate crust. They were very busy on a Sunday evening, and we had to wait a bit to be seated and get our order taken. But they were very nice. We will definitely be back on a future trip to the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfection.
    jsstagVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    As in my previous review; after all these years, Kim has the joint to the point of perfection. The coast's best restaurant. Period.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, fast service, enjoyable meal
    HMBmama
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We enjoyed the attention and service of the staff. The food was delicious, and everything came out quickly - perfect for those dining with young children. This will be our go-to spot for dinner after a day in HMB.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • eBayfoodie
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    One of several visits to this lovely restaurant. Wonderful homemade pasta.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Birthday Dinner
    cheshire
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our food had interesting combinations of foods and flavors. My scallop dish had prosciutto, tomatoes, and corn, besides the pasta. My husband had ribs (pressure cooked) and potatoes. The hostess had noticed my note on Open Table that it was my birthday and congratulated me. Our waitress thought it was my husband's birthday and patted his shoulder and looked at him when she said "Happy Birthday" twice to him. They put my candle in his cheesecake. The people next to us had a man who was reciting all the news lately about terrorism, beheadings, airplanes, etc. It's not the restaurant's fault but when you just want to enjoy dinner, relax, and be with your spouse it was very annoying and upsetting to hear all that. People should be considerate.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fresh, fun and gluten conscious!
    Befoodie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Lunched here on the way out of town, August 16. The pastas were tempting but we kept to lighter fare. Scallop , arugula mint salad for me :) clam chowder - the best he's ever had for the hubbie. Nice Italian wine list. Would definately return.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Dissappointed
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Ectremely expensive for mediocre food. I had eggplant parmegian which was not very good My husband and daughter had butternut swuash ravioli, and they were dissappointed. Also the entraes came with no veggies or salads. High priced for so little food whichvwas not very tasty. I would not recommend it to anyone..
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  • Fresh fun and fabulous
    Befoodie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Lunched on the way our if town, so went w light options. Hard not to do a pasta ! Scallop arugula salad was delicious. He had the best clam chowder EVER. Nice wine list. Will be back ! Nice gluten free options
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local Treasure
    Rexbo47
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This is one of our go-to spots for special occasions. Food and Service are & have been consistently excellent throughout the years
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great end to the summer
    Kzook
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I took my girlfriend here for dinner the evening before we both left for college this past month. The ambiance was great and the waiters and waitresses were excellent. The food was delicious and definitely made for a great evening. This is somewhere I would definitely take my girlfriend again and I hope to do so this winter! Absolutely amazing food! You must try the tiramisu!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lovely birthday dinner
    Jeanos
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We were a party of 4 celebrating a birthday. The food and service were perfect. We had a food restricted member with us who was accommodated easily. We all would return.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never a bad meal
    Edward
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Been going here for years. Always top rate. The best quality. Always comes out with great specials have always had a great experiences try it you'll go back time and time again
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Date Spot
    CMo425
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Took my girlfriend here after a coworker recommended it. Very reasonable prices for everything, and the food was fantastic! The service was also great, great atmosphere. Will definitely be going back!
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • a la europeen, please....
    caroleon
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    If anything is wrong, we'll let you know. Otherwise, please leave us alone while we're dining! Being asked over and over if "everything is okay" gets very annoying.
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  • susanVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Always has been fantastic but this visit was just okay. A disappointing visit this time.
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Michael
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I hadn't been to Pasta Moon for many years. We had lunch there the other day and it was a good as I remember. A great place for lunch or dinner when in the San Mateo coast area.
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    great for lunch
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  • Super Yummy Lasagna!
    aquavVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We enjoyed dinner here for the first time while in Half Moon Bay for our anniversary. The server was great. She was very attentive but not overly so. The Lasagna was amazing! They make their sausage there and was fab... no gristle or nasty stuff... all delicious goodness! We also tried the fried green beans which were delicious but I recommend forgoing the sauce they give with it as it was not a very good match in our opinion but they were great by themselves. I enjoyed the sage butternut ravioli... it was very good. A tad bit overly sweet and could have used a little more sauce, but all in all, quite delicious. My husband enjoyed a scallop and pasta dish they had on special and he said it was amazing. We would definitely return!!!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 12 times, one too many!
    12many
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Our 6:30PM reservation with a young one for his Grandmother's birthday dinner was "seated" at 7:05PM in the "back forty". The wait person showed up 15 min later. That's as good as it got with her. We finally let my son and his family go at 8:30PM while we waited for her to "ring it up"; which she never did...I had to take to the receptionist to get it taken care of. The food was OK but not even close to our past visits, mostly cold when served. We may go back...for now a $250 lesson learned! By the way, I notified in the reservation that a young one was included...maybe I should not have.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still fabulous!
    Kpmcb
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We've been coming to Pasta Moon for over 20 years. It's been exciting to watch them grow in size, popularity and menu sophistication. We started with the mussels which were super flavorful and just alittle spicy. The grilled fruit salad is wonderful and included grilled nectarines. Fresh salmon just seared served Mediterranean style wAs light and flavorful. Pasta special with seared scallops and local veggies, delish. The fresh pasta makes this meal special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vacation Dinner
    RVRDFW
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great place to dine while on vacation. Very eclectic, quaint, unique, sophisticated and yet charming. Food is reasonably priced and delicious. Make a reservation ahead of time...
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant!
    Pitpoes
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My husband used to eat there when he was a kid with his parents and the place was tiny. We went back several times and never had a bad meal. To give you an example, the table next to us had a guest that could not eat pasta, rice, gluten or sugar and was not happy with the menu but the owner came over and she talked to her to find out exactly what she wanted and was able to accommodate her, the guest was so impressed that she wants to come back. That's what I call customer service and that is hard to find these days.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • OTHDiner
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Located across the street from where we stayed, this place would qualify as a destination restaurant. The food was excellent (pasta incredible, as were the home made deserts). Service was friendly and knowledgeable. If you are anywhere near Half Moon Bay, Pasta Moon is worth a visit.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, notable wine list
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  • Loved it!
    dawnie85
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    It's always a treat to go to Pasta Moon. This time was no exception. We loved everything. We tried new things this time such as the fried green beans and the tagliatelle with scallops. We had some stand-bys like the clam chowder and the best dessert ever--Meyer lemon parfait. Everyone should eat here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lasagna to die for
    ilovegoodfood
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Took out of town friends (who have owned 2 restaurants) for Sunday dinner. Everything was exceptional. All pasta made on site. I ordered the pasta special, tagliatelle and roasted scallops. The flavors were subtle and the pasta fresh. The men both ordered the lasagna. The best anywhere lasagna because they make the pasta sheets on site. Beware, if you order the whole plate you will probably be taking some home. It's a perfect course to share. I just wish they made a vegetarian alternate. Salads all were freshly made. Dressing delicate and subtle. There are now several choices for dinning in Half Moon Bay, but, the service and food at Pasta Moon makes it difficult not to return. The service was impeccable.
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    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Wonderful!
    eBayfoodie
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    This lovely restaurant never fails to please. The pasta is incredible! Highly recommend!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely location, pretty setting
    LRMB5
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Nice location for a lunch in cute downtown Half Moon Bay. Service was fine, decor was attractive but there was persistent problem with many flies buzzing around which was unfortunate. The food was a bit overambitious. I had linguini with ahi tuna which was mediocre - too many competing flavors with black olives, capers overpowered the tuna, pasta was too al dente. Another person in our party had pizza margherita, nice crust on the pizza but would rate it a B-/C+ on the pizza margherita scale. We were catching up with an old friend so stayed at the table 2 hours, it was clear after 90 minutes that the waitress was impatient for us to leave in order to free up the table for other diners.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • Fantastic Food
    Bunty
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This is my favorite restaurant in the Bay Area. I have never been disappointed - pasta's are great. My favorite is the Butternut Squash Ravioli. Had stuffed zucchini flowers appetizers and they were wonderful, light and flavorful, stuffed with cheese. Service is great, very attentive but not hovering. I can't say enough about this jewel of a restaurant. I have been going there for 15 years and the quality remains tops.
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and great service
    DET9
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Have always loved coming to HMB and eating at Pasta Moon. The Muscles are wonderful as is the rest of their menu items. Great for an afternoon walking around town then settling into a mid day lunch.
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.