The Pastaria
The Pastaria

The Pastaria

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thepastaria.com/
  • Phone: 4083993477
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Su-M 5:00pm-9:00pm
    Dinner: T-Th 5:00pm-9:30pm
    Dinner: F-Sa 5:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Devon Coen
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Donna Novi 4082023960

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Behind the restaurant.
A word from The Pastaria
When Donna and Paul first met, they discovered that they shared a common heritage: food-loving Italian families and grandfathers who were chefs. The result of their partnership is a rich collection of authentic family recipes passed down through generations. Raised on Baked Mostaccioli with Aurora sauce, Devon developed a taste for gourmet cuisine at a young age. He trained formally at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in Napa so that he can carry on the family tradition of working as a chef.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
The Pastaria reviews from OpenTable diners
106 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (85)fit for foodies (51)special occasion (22)romantic (22)kid-friendly (19)notable wine list (14)hot spot (9)great for outdoor dining (5)great for lunch (3)good for groups (3)scenic view (3)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The Pastaria has excellent food. The pasta is home made and the sauces of the classic Italian dishes as well as unique dishes are very well made. We enjoy the mushroom and truffle flavored sauces for several different dishes and the lasagne is outstanding. I really look forward to coming here.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious!
    lal1
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    It was a very warm night, and the restaurant is tiny, and no A/C. It became more comfortable as the night moved on. Food and service amazing. Everything was very fresh! Best restaurant tomatoes I've had! A little noisy, but great spot for dinner with friends!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Evening in Los Gatos
    FrogTraveler
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I found this little Italian restaurant by reading other people reviews. I wanted a nice restaurant in Los Gatos that was going to be off the beaten path and within a reasonable price range. The Pastaria is both. The corner restaurant is small so reservation is a must. Service was very helpful and friendly. Fast but not pressing which I liked. The food was very good. The heirloom tomatoes were delicious and the Seafood Linguine was one of the best I have had. The wine list is reasonably priced... I checked scenic view on the review because the restaurant is across the Bentley and Aston Martin dealership of Los Gatos. I have never seen so many Bentley's and Aston Martin's cramped in such a little place...
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I really love the food which is always delicious but the service was extremely slow. We had made a reservation but table was unavailable. We had to wait 15-20 minutes before we had a server come over. We both came to celebrate our bdays both in sept. My friend was really hungry so waiting was not good and we both have been in the restaurant industry so we get being busy but she almost got up to see if someone would wait on us. Other tables who came in after us were wanted on 1st. The food is always good but don't come in really hungry or you will fill up in bread.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    What a great find. Very cozy with an authentic family owned feeling. Great service with even better food. The gorgonzola gnocci was to die for! Definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Food
    VivNeal
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The pasta was exceptional and there are a lot of dishes to choose from. We love it--yes, it is small, but the food makes up for the tight dining area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cool little Italian joint.
    b8con
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    If you're a foodie like my wife and I then you will love this little neighborhood gem. The small romantic venue is perfect for a date night for new couples or long married loves. The food is spectacular and we simply haven't been disappointed in the cuisine at The Pataria.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Dinner Out
    DesdeVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The place is cute. Small, not a lot of room for a big party. It seemed as though they were understaffed when we went, took the server at least 10-15 min to even acknowledge us. He was very apologetic for having us wait, it seemed as though he was the only server there. Apart from having to wait time to time it was a nice dinner. The food was excellent. I recommend a reservation, we went on a Tuesday and it was packed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummmm
    Jlbdiner20
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The kale salad and gnocchi skaldic via are fabulous! So is everything else and the servers are great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just fabulous
    gbtfromsj
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    What a great little Italian place on the edge of LG downtown. Excellent food and great service in a very cozy little place. I was very impressed by the reasonable prices on the wine list, we had a nice Nebbiolo for $40 which is unheard of LG. Really fresh ingredients and perfect sized portion. The ariabetta gnocchi special was perfect and we paired it with the Fruitti De Mare and had a great dinner. One note to previous reviews: outdoor seating here is not for real, its 2 tiny round tops.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Highly recommended!
    Sirish
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My wife and I had several of our friends highly recommend the Pastaria so we weren't surprised that it was good, but the food was even better than we imagined. I had the black truffle chicken pasta and my wife had the Gnocchi special, which was stuffed with house made ricotta cheese. Both were so good that it will be difficult to venture away from those dishes. The service was also amazing -- from the host to the servers to the bus staff. The place is pretty small and cozy so I would definitely recommend reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    every time we go the food and services is great. we keep returning. It's a quiet neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simply delicious.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Delicious food coupled with comfortable service. I love my neighborhood pasteria.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, slow service
    MattK
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Definitely enjoyed the meal. Every dish looked and tasted like it was hand crafted. But the service was quite slow. Waited an inordinate amount of time for the waitress to introduce herself and take a drink order. Waited a long time for the first course and an equally long time for the second. Had to wave her down to get the check too. Other than that, a very good meal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a level ....
    RayrayfromNL
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We are experienced travelers, both business- and leisure, and have visited many Italian restauarants around the world, incl.Italy. This one is for sure in our TOP 3 of memories, quality and taste of food is realy pure and superb level. Cosy and small restaurant with energetic service-level. They really care about their customers.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Like being in Italy
    FoodFan
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The Pastaria is a journey to Italy. The smaller sized room and the freshly made pasta are wonderful reminders of the intimate restaurants in Tuscany. Of course, come for the food. Our party of four ordered unique dishes and everyone seemed very happy. So order what sounds good to the stomach, it probably won't mislead you! =
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love outside table when dining solo
    goodNhealthy
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    taking into consideration there are approximately 7 italian restaurants within 2 miles here in downtown los gatos...and that i love living 'walking distance': when i want to go out to get my 'italian' fix:La Pastaria is my 1st choice. Seeking reservations on line makes it soo much easier... i absolutely love the low key dining experience when i am at la pastaria, not to mention the ability to sit outside and enjoy the surroundings..to 'relax' with a glass of wine, while i await my oh soo delicious pasta (usually the primavera)...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fresh and quaint
    scarlettosarahVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Wonderful atmosphere, feels like a cozy neighborhood cafe. Fresh made pasta dishes were excellent. One of the imported pasta entrees tasted a bit gummy, but that may have been because they brought it out before we finished appetizers, so it sat staying warm. Lots of vegetarian choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Authentic Italian Food
    SpikermikeVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    This restaurant was a good choice in the Dana Point area. Had a good selection on the menu and the food was very good. Will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding quality Italian food
    Firsttimer
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    First time diners here. Loved it! Our best Italian find around so far. Very high quality food, good portions, lots of options. Classic Italian options but also some nice nuances and ones that aren't always available. Small dining area so reservations are recommended. Adequate wine list. We'll be back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    Jenny
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Made a last minute reservation for a sunday night...the place was packed! Westin was our server and he provided us with great service from beginning to end. Gnocchi are a must have. We will be back!!!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Short-staffed and Over-sauced
    MisterSeriousVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    On a recent Sunday night they seemed understaffed with a single server, single bus dude and the manager trying to handle all the tables. The restaurant isn't that large but on Sunday concert in the park days, it gets completely full with many customers with kids who expect fast service and rapid table turns. Table spacing is very close. There is no air conditioning and they leave the front door open on summer nights. Decor is simple. The food is almost all pasta combinations. Dishes tend to be over-sauced in my opinion. I had a serious pasta coma afterward!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pastaria is wonderful!
    JayceeVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Great dinner, flavorful, great presentation, exciting menu, plentiful salad portions, congenial, accommodating staff. Introduced our friend to this great restaurant we have enjoyed over the years. We will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good
    Anotherunhappydiner
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Good food. Good service. Honored reservation on time....it's a place we will return to
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic Italian!
    StephVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Some of the best fresh pasta we have ever had, and we have been to Italy a few times! Especially love the pesto dish! Truly a gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gnocchi. I'm happy
    rwarkovVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    House made and delicous. Donna and Paul have done a wonderful job since they opened in '96. Consistently good food at fair prices. Very nice wine list too.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CindyVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Service was horrible. 20 minutes to take our order. 20 minutes until the salad showed up. Thank God for the bus boy.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a little gem
    NYCgal
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    This place is great. It is tiny with only 10 tables so that you have to wait if you don't have a reservation. The food is Italian but with an eclectic touch. Everything is fresh and made to order. I had the shaved fennel and kale salad and then penne with wax beans and arugula. Another had the gnocchi with meatballs. Delicious. Wines are reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK but not great
    Ahkenbert
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Food was ok. Pasta did not taste like and had the mouth feel of fresh pasta, possibly over cooked. It was Monday. Restaurant was not busy but service was slow. Server took order without writing them down. Sure enough the appetizers were forgotten.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yum
    Bonnie
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We actually were surprised at how much we enjoyed our evening at La Pastaria. We live in the neighborhood and the food has always been great but the service....not so much. Well this particular night, the stars aligned and both the service and the food were perfect. If you go, just manage your expectations that the service may lag or.....you may hit it right as we did the other night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LuvGems
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Great charming place. Great pasta and ambience. Give you the feeling you are dining locally in Italy while in Los Gatos. Owner and all servers are warm, friendly and personable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Great Service
    Timhr950
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    The Pastaria has been serving great Italian food for years. It is a small restaurant with warmth and charm. Whether you choose the evening special, or some of the you'll have a great meal. Due to the quality of food and service, it still draws a crowd and there is normally a line so book reservations.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Have loved The Pastaria for years!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    This is a family favorite! The food is outstanding. We use many excuses to frequent the joint: just a dinner out, birthdays, visiting guests. Always great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food is Fresh
    TonyVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The food is amazing. Really enjoyed the fresh pasta.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WendyVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Great as always. Love the homemade pasta. Yum! Any Italian wine is always good. Great cellar.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truffle Raviolis
    CS333
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Love the Raviolis. A favorite The wedge was very good. Tiramisu was amazing soaked in espresso.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Recent visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    We had reservations. Most people coming in did not but it was 5:00 so it was pretty early and easy to get a table. For some reason our table was not getting the attention the other tables were. Everyone had bread at their table. We had to ask for bread. We were not offered the wine list. 2 of the 4 dishes were not good. Added Chicken on the Mushroom and Black Truffle. It was delivered to us without Chicken. My "special" was smothered in sauce. There was so much sauce I could not enjoy it. The Frutti de Mar was not a favorite. It was extremely hot. No AC so not a great option on hot days. I have been here a few times and have always liked this restaurant but not this time. The waiter did apologize and bought us desserts which was nice.
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  • Pasteria is just like Italy!
    DJay
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Daily made fresh pasta is the key to this place. Also all the sauces are amazing. The Black Truffle pasta is amazing. Simple menu with a nice variety. We havent had a dish we didn't love. Try the Baked Brie and Garlic to start. Their Kale Salad is also very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very quaint
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This is a SMALL restaurant, with only about 10 tables.The food was very good,I would go again.On Saturday night, some guy walks in smoking a cigarette, talks to the receptionist for about 3-4 minutes. She says absolutely nothing about his cigarette.People in the restaurant are all looking around to see where this cigarette smoke is coming from.Finally, my daughter,who suffers from asthma,says something to a server who then finds the manager.By this time everyone's dinner is affected since the whole place smells like cigarettes, and the receptionist does zero. Finally, he is asked to leave. Management needs to know the smoking law and inform their employees!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great atmosphere
    diskokid
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    This restaurant has a classic Italian food, and with their imported wines, fresh made pasta, and participating owners it provides an excellent Italian dining experience. A must try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.