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The Pastaria
The Pastaria

The Pastaria Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thepastaria.com
  • Phone: (408) 399-3477
  • 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 (408) 202-3960

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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    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!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Good food. Good service. Honored reservation on time....it's a place we will return to"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Service was horrible. 20 minutes to take our order. 20 minutes until the salad showed up. Thank God for the bus boy."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "The food is amazing. Really enjoyed the fresh pasta."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Great as always. Love the homemade pasta. Yum! Any Italian wine is always good. Great cellar."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Love the Raviolis. A favorite The wedge was very good. Tiramisu was amazing soaked in espresso. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "This place is amazing! The best food I have ever eaten!! "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We love to visit Pastaria, especially before an event at the high school. Owner and staff are always friendly and attentive. The pasta dishes are rich and savory, full of flavor. We enjoyed Aglio Olio with steak, salad with tri tip, walnut pesto chicken, ravioli, and pomodoro. All delicious!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "This restaurant has ruined other Italian places for me. Quite simply EVERYTHING is good here. Definitely try the gnocchi, and the crab cannelloni if it's on the menu (it's seasonal). It's tiny, so it can get loud with just one rowdy group, and fills up quickly, so get a reservation."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "I found Pastaria when doing a search for good gnocchi in the area as it's one if our favorite Italian entrees when made correctly. Theirs are delicious! All four if us enjoyed our tasty food! Small, casual restaurant, make reservations! Warning: warm fresh baked bread served...try not to fill up before dinner! We'll be back!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The place was packed, and it's incredibly loud..even in a booth it's hard to hear your companion. The service was very slow and it looks more like a small pizza parlor than nice restaurant. The tables are covered with plastic and you get cheap, paper napkins. Not what I expected at all. The food is good, but IMO that's only part of the equation, and the rest is lacking."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We had been searching for new pasta places and decided to give this a try on a recent Wednesday night. Food quality was very good. We had a house salad, which was good but nothing unique, Mushroom Agnolotti with meat sauce, Tagiatele with meat sauce and Meat Ravioli. The meat sauce was different from many I have tried, but I liked it. Probably our least favorite was the ravioli which was a bit al dente for our taste. The location is super small so tables are packed together with no privacy from the neighbors. A group of 10 was being seated next to us as we left, so we were glad to be going as it is very loud. Will definitely return to try more dishes."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Made a reservation for 7:45 - got there and all the tables were full. The staff made a bunch of excuses for why they couldn't seat us. Finally, around 8:15 they sat us in the bar. We ordered a bottle of wine, that after 15 minutes, never arrived. Food was decent. Loaded with cheese and extremely greasy. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "First time diner at this place but won't be the last. Very confortable setting, homey, warm and genuine. Food was very flavorful and fresh, place was welcoming and charming. Family run and it shows in the pride they take to make your evening special. Bravo!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "The food here is fantastic! Small little hole-in-the-wall spot with a lot of character, and really tasty Italian food. My only complaint is that it is so small, and the place was packed, so it was a bit warm inside (and too cold to sit outside). It might be nice to see the place spruced up a bit."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "I've been to Pasteria now 3 times, and have had wonderful dinners all 3 times. A great selection of pastas, some standard and others unique experiences."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our meals. The service was excellent. Highly recommend!!!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "It was my second time at The Pastaria. We had a reservation and were seated right away. I had the special of the day: fettuccine with veal and mushrooms. The best mushroom creamy sauce I've ever had!! My husband had the puttanesca pasta, and loved as well. The pasta is very fresh and tasteful. Service was friendly and fast. I strongly recommend!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "I celebrated my birthday here with my family and everything was fabulous.....the food was out of this world, portions were over the top, flavors were outstanding, and the ambience was perfect.....mainly due to the wait staff, they were extraordinary!! Will definitely return and would recommend to everyone! Thank you Pastaria for an incredible and indelible dining experience!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "outstanding service and food. The owner took time to talk to us and explain all the menu, highlight the specials and recommend the wine. She checked on the food and made sure we were satisfied with our order. The service was prompt, but we did not feel rushed. Great neighborhood eatery and excellent food with a good selection."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "I've been impressed in the past with the sauces, hand made pastas and appetizers . the last two times I've been there something has changed. I brought a girl friend, she ordered the seafood pasta it was so salty we had to turn it back and she loves salt. My raviolis were great. Two months ago I brought a group of ten and not everyone had a great experience. Not all of the dishes were delicious. For once the noise level was low because we were only one of three other groups. No large groups. I used to rate this place a 5 star but now it's a 3. I felt as though the chef has changed, if not, the drive for perfection is gone. I will give it another try if they don't back to the wow I'll move on."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Good food and good service. While our server was cheerful, attentive and on top of her game the bus boy was in a big hurry to clear our unfinished plates."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This is my favorite Italian food outside of Italy. I drive an hour to enjoy their pasta vongole! I highly recommend The Pastaria. The only downside is it was so noisy Friday night that it was hard to carryon a conversation with four people in one of their boths."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We enjoyed the service by our waitress who was informative and gave wonderful recommendations for dinner. The wine list has very reasonable prices with unique choices, and local wineries on the menu. Family friendly, and I will bring our children next time!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Great food and wine pairing. Everyone had a great time. Very personable and considerate staff."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We've lived in Los Gatos for 12+ years and had never dined at The Pastaria until last Friday. It's tiny and always packed, so impossible to walk in. I never thought about it when I was making dinner reservations at one of the LG restaurants, until last week. I booked a Friday night reservation for my husband and college daughter home for spring break, and we had a fabulous meal and delightful evening. It's truly a neighborhood gem. A local pleasure that must be experienced by all Los Gatons. Pastas are fresh, creative and delicious. Yummy kale and fennel salad. Wine pours are very generous. Service attentive and friendly. Really a nice, cozy Italian evening. We'll definitely return many times!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "This is a small downtown Italian restaurant across the street from a classy high end auto dealership ( "Scenic View" ) Quality of food and service and ambience is very consistent. Owners are active in every aspect of your dining experience."
    Dined on 3/21/2014