Pasta let down

19 Apr

Guys, I tried Pasta Mia on Friday and I am not sure what all the raving is about. I will admit that I was exhausted and starving and moody, but I was not that impressed.

For those who haven’t heard of it, it’s a little tiny pasta shop on 18th and Columbia. There’s a always a line, and everything I hear is that it’s worth the wait, authentic, homemade, and cheap. I gotta say that I don’t think anything is worth that long a wait (again I was starving!), and it wasn’t that cheap! Granted you get enough pasta to feed a family of four, but really, I’d prefer a cheap bowl of good pasta I can eat in one sitting.

We went to pasta mia on Friday night at about 8pm (probably not a great time), and waited for about a half hour for a table. I was still ok at that point, except once we sat down, I think it might have been an hour before we got our pasta — with the salad coming like 45 mins in. I cannot express to you how hungry and frustrated I was waiting – MJD really is a good man for sitting with me!

I ordered the gnocchi sorentina, and it was fine. I mean it was enourmous, but also too salty and the gnocchi was a little hard. But it was also $15 bucks, which does not seem that cheap to me, and I’m sorry but I don’t like microwave heated pasta the next night. So really it was $15 for one gigantic bowl of ok pasta.

So, now I ask you…did I miss something? I wanted to love the place, and will readily admit that my bad mood could have made that impossible. I would try it again – albeit at 6pm on a tuesday (or any tme that it would be empty!). Thoughts?!

11 Responses to “Pasta let down”

  1. Alex April 20, 2010 at 7:26 am #

    That line outside Pasta Mia is the best example there is of the relentless herd instinct of many of our city’s diners.

    • DC Striving April 20, 2010 at 2:07 pm #

      Well, I guess that leaves the reservations for the rest of us!

  2. Sarah April 20, 2010 at 10:33 am #

    I totally agree. Pasta Mia isn’t as great as everyone seems to think. I’ll go if I notice there’s no wait, but it’s not cheap and the pasta isn’t amazing. Waiting an hour or two for mediocre pasta is ridiculous.

  3. Rob April 20, 2010 at 10:49 am #

    They arent open on Tuesday.

    Earlier on a weeknight is a better choice though, I have only been there once and I was very pleased with it.

    • DC Striving April 20, 2010 at 1:27 pm #

      I think they are closed on Sunday and Monday…I pledge to try it again earlier in the evening and after a snack!

  4. Shannon April 20, 2010 at 11:08 am #

    I haven’t tried Pasta Mia, but that’s because I hate to wait for a table, I get very crabby when I’m hungry, crowds make me nuts, and I don’t think any pasta is worth that much hassle. I’d much rather spend my hard-earned money somewhere that takes reservations, so I can relax and enjoy my meal.

    • DC Striving April 20, 2010 at 1:22 pm #

      Continue on your path of reservations and do not try Pasta Mia under any circumstance!! The wait will ruin your evening as it did mine! I think that kind of experience is meant for someone with much more patience than yours truly (and maybe you!).

  5. lacochran April 20, 2010 at 12:55 pm #

    I don’t think $15 is a lot for a pasta dinner entree in DC. It is a lot if you’ve been waiting an hour and then it doesn’t even taste good. I’m guessing they didn’t bring you a basket of bread. A basket of bread (especially hot bread) makes everything all right.

    Here’s wishing you hot bread in the future.

    • DC Striving April 20, 2010 at 1:14 pm #

      Well you got that right – hot bread makes everything better! As for the price, I don’t think $15 is a lot, but I wouldn’t call it cheap either. And I thought the place was going to be a “cheap eat” as they say!

  6. cs April 20, 2010 at 10:23 pm #

    I agree. And they aren’t (or at least weren’t when I went there) very kid friendly. It’s too bad San Marco closed down, because that place was worlds above Pasta Mia.

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