Pastamania has a giant menu. Pages and pages filled with starters, different kinds of pasta (spaghetti, fusilli, linguine and whole-grain spaghetti) cooked in many ways (classic, tomato based, Mediterranean, and Asian inspired, etc.), and also pizza - both savoury and sweet.
We were happy with the elements on this board. The calamari was chewy and had the perfect crisp, drawn from the well-seasoned, light batter, the potato wedges were chunky with a tinge of saltiness, while the garlic bread was garlicky as promised. However, we'd have liked it better if the chicken wings had a bit more seasoning.
Hearty, oniony and with lots and lots of sliced shiitake mushrooms soaked in a smooth cream sauce, our Al Funghi (Rs. 950) was delightful. You can choose the pasta type you want, and we went with the penne. Cooked al dente, this one's flavours work even better with some garlic bread on the side.
Unlike last time, our Beef Bolognese (Rs. 1300) didn't fail to impress us. The sauce had a good depth of flavour, thanks to all the enrichening ingredients - tomato sauce, oregano, olive oil, garlic, and minced beef etc.
We were a bit confused about having to pay Rs. 1500 for a medium sized pizza, but one glance at this Beef Pepperoni Pizza made us realise why. I mean, just look at the pile of pepperoni they've placed on top!
What's underneath that was a nicely designed pie that they had cut into 8 slices. Giving off a satisfying crunch, it was thin crust, and had a nice slathering of mildly spicy pizza sauce, followed by a generous layer of mozzarella. It's a good purchase, and a filling one too.
Pastamania does a range of gelato - of which we opted for the Caffe Shake. This is coffee lovers heaven. With ripples and ripples of bitter coffee evenly dispersed through, its texture was so smooth, lush and rich. Also, you might enjoy the popcorn as you dive into it.
The Falooda (Rs. 500) you see on the left side is the newest addition to Pastamania's Sonó Moto Dolce drinks range. Topped off with a blob of vanilla ice cream, and sprinkled with kasa kasa (poppy seeds) and bits of fruit, it was milky and sweet, but in a very balanced way.
The Passion Berry Tea (Rs. 500) was a bit of a letdown. On the good side, it was hella refreshing, but it was too syrupy for our liking. Plus, we couldn't quite get the passion fruit or tea notes either.
This picture was taken during our First Look last year, and the ambience hasn't changed a lot. Now they've arranged the tables and chairs in a manner which it doesn't seem to be jam-packed. You'll be able to see how they do, what they do from the open counters of their kitchen.
The staff was friendly and helpful. It was an almost full house on the day we visited, and it's quite impressive how they managed to bring our food and drinks within around 15 minutes.
Our experience at Pastamania was a good one. They've been known to have a few ups and downs in terms of service and quality of food during the past year, but seems like they've gotten the grip of that over the time. Colombo needs more pasta dedicated spots, and Pastamania delivers it.
After much anticipation, we finally found ourselves at the Pastamania again.
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