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I’m always on the hunt for freshly-made pasta. I know, I still haven’t gone to the Pasta Bar, the one that everyone has been raving about. But maybe because I’m saving that for the last. Anyways, there is a new Pasta Bar in town — Tipo Pasta Bar. What I love about it are its terrific prices. Freshly made pasta doesn’t have to be so pretentious. And the Black Hole Group hits all the right notes with Tipo.
(Side note: they’ve been expanding their restaurant group with different brands from the popular The Great Mischief to Tipo Pizzeria and the soon-to-be-reopened Stack, it’s one promising restaurant chain we must all keep an eye on.)
So, personalized pasta? Check. You can design your own pasta starting at $9.90. Select your pasta: Mafalde (Black Pepper) is a popular choice, and I recommend you also get that for white pasta. For Pesto, Cassarece’s lime and chili adds depth to your dish. Add the sauce: Alfredo, Aglio Olio, Carbonara, Pesto, even Pink sauce. Add those truffle oil, pates, salmon, chilis, and grated parmesan you love the most, and you’ll pretty much still end up with a pasta well below $25.
I preferred to get the House Special: The Crazy Carbonara. Because it has all the things I love in a pasta. Creamy. Sous vide egg. Grated Parmesan. And Smoked Duck for protein. I don’t need any of those chili. None of those bells and whistles that cloaks the real state of the fresh pasta. I want the basic one. How Italian is your carbonara: Guanciale, or the milky version?
Turns out it was the latter. But it wasn’t that bad either. I love a good milky carbonara. I love how the sous vide egg (slightly a bit overcooked, but I can forgive them for that) meshes with the curly noodles of the Mafalde. It’s an interesting dish and a very affordable one at $16.90.
Tipo Pasta Bar should be on your bucket list. I highly recommend this spot. Because nowadays it has all the things you’re looking for in a restaurant: reasonable price point, trendy, a creative touch, and a location that doesn’t scream mainstream.
Reservations are a must, but I’ll let you in on a secret. Come here early and you don’t need one.
Craving for something sweet? Head towards the French American Bakery for their creme brulee!