Where to find Vancouver’s tastiest pasta dishes

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Pasta: a carbohydrate-filled comfort food that always brings family and friends together with smiles. This Italian favourite can be found at numerous award-winning restaurants in Vancouver. Check out these local hot spots and be sure to bring a friend along to share the famiglia way. [Photo courtesy of Ask For Luigi]

Ask For Luigi

1
305 Alexander St, Vancouver BC V6A 1C4

Tucked away in Railtown, Ask for Luigi is a tiny slice of heaven for all pasta lovers. Watch talented chefs roll fresh pasta dough just steps away from your table as you enjoy contemporary Italian comfort food dishes such as pappardelle alla bolognese. And because Ask for Luigi is all about their pasta, the brunch menu includes a number of their popular noodle dishes with a simple fried egg on top.

Italian Kitchen

2
860 Burrard St, Vancouver BC V6Z 1X9

If you’re looking for a restaurant that does Nonna’s-pasta-meets-fine-dining, Italian Kitchen is the answer to what you’ve been searching for. Don’t let the white tablecloths and impeccable service cloud your judgment; one bite of their signature meatballs with creamy truffle cream on herbed ricotta spaghetti will transport you back to Italy.

Trattoria Italian Kitchen

3
1850 4th Avenue W, Vancouver BC V6J 1M3

Trattoria is an Italian restaurant serving traditional pastas and pizzas at three stunning locations across the Lower Mainland. You’ll be delighted with their fresh linguine pasta with pesto sauce – a mouth-watering combination of fresh basil, toasted pine nuts, garlic, parmesan and olive oil. If you are looking for a classic dish, the pomodoro sauce here is made with fresh tomatoes, garlic and basil.

Nook Restaurant

4
1525 Yew St, Vancouver BC V6K 3E5

No matter the time of day, Nook is always bursting with energy. The gnocchi at Nook brings new meaning to comfort food; the soft doughy dumplings melt in your mouth and are accompanied by juicy mini meatballs and a classic tomato sauce. This Kitsilano restaurant is a great neighbourhood joint for a night of fun and will have you walking out with a full and happy stomach.

Bella Gelateria

5
1089 Marinaside Cres, Vancouver BC V6Z 2Z4

Don’t be fooled the name, you’ll find plenty of savoury dishes on the menu at Bella Gelateria. Considering the award-winning gelato flavours draw nightly crowds to this Yaletown hot spot, it is no surprise that their pasta will win your heart with a single bite. Pasta is rolled out every morning for the best and freshest experience for all their diners. The baked cannelloni comes packed with four cheeses!

La Pentola

6
350 Davie St, Vancouver BC V6B 5Z6

Located in the heart of Yaletown, La Pentola puts a modern twist on classic Italian pasta. The decor is hip and contemporary but the restaurant keeps Old World traditions alive by serving all of their dinners “famiglia” style. Daily, fresh, housemade pastas are served in exquisite sauces such as zesty lemon and butter sauce or a hearty veal, pork and beef ragu.

If you want to mix up your regular study routine, skip the library and hit up a local café or bakery to get through your exam material. These student-friendly spots around Vancouver have strong coffee, free Wi-Fi, ample seating, and plenty of electrical outlets to keep your computer powered up through your cram session. Some are even open around the clock for the occasional nighttime grind.
When the temperature drops, it’s time for hot chocolate. This rich, creamy childhood classic gets a sophisticated twist thanks to the fine chocolatiers and baristas in the Lower Mainland. The tough part is deciding whether you want your hot chocolate with or without whipped cream!
Afternoon tea is the perfect excuse to dress up and enjoy the finer things in life. Pay a visit to these Vancouver teashops and indulge in a cup of tasty loose-leaf tea alongside delectable baked goods, petit fours and savoury finger sandwiches all plated on elegant tiered serving trays. The best part, you don’t even have to share!
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