Il Pastaio Satisfied Pasta Lust

‘The Brian Boitano Project’ whetted my appetite for pasta.

001We watched “The Brian Boitano Project” yesterday afternoon. This HGTV show has my name all over it. Olympic figure skating champion Brian Boitano is also recognized as a gifted cook, TV personality and now, the owner and renovator of an old wreck of a European country house that he fixed up beautifully in the manner of Peter Mayle and Frances Mayes.

Extra credit to him for finding and buying a house in village of Favale di Malvaro in the Ligurian mountains. It’s the village the Boitano clan calls home.  Afterwards, my husband both had an urgent hunkering for pasta, so we high-tailed it to Il Pastaio in the Sunrise Center a few doors from King Soopers.

The vest-pocket restaurant and take-out place has a bit of room for deorateive touches. Otherwise, it's close-together hightops and simplicity.
The vest-pocket restaurant and take-out place has a bit of room for decorative touches. Otherwise, it’s close-together hightops, a bit of stuff on the walls and otherwise simplicity.

Good that we went early, because this small restaurant got very crowded very fast. Unless you too go early, I suggest making a reservation. And remember that Il Pastiao is only open on weekdays. The rolls are too soft-crusted to be to my liking, but everything else is house-made and first-rate — as it should, because it is not inexpensive. If you want pasta, as we did, the format is a mix-and-match affair. Pick your pasta, pick your sauce and wait till it’s assembled and brought out.

Tricolor Salad is arugula and more, including fresh-grated cheese and sun-dried tomato dressing.
Tricolor Salad is arugula, shrimp, fresh-grated cheese and sun-dried tomato dressing.
Gnocchi swimming in a creamy pesto sauce.
Gnocchi swimming in a creamy pesto sauce.
Fettucini with arrabiatta sauce, a very spicy combo of tomato, garlic, basil and whole chili peppers.
Fettucini with arrabiatta sauce, a very spicy combo of tomato, garlic, basil and whole chili peppers.
Italian mousse topped with lightly whipped cream overflows the stemmed glass. It's a new (and recommended) menu item.
Italian mousse topped with lightly whipped cream overflows the stemmed glass. Note the chocolate syrup that gilds the mousse and cream lily. It’s a new (and recommended) menu item.

Price check: At dinner, antipasti, $9.50; soups, $3.85-$4.50 cup and $6.50-$9 bowl; salads, $6.50-$9; appetizers, $5.50; pasta, $13-$15; $1-$2 additional for lasagne or gnocchi; house specialty; entrées, $17.50- $24; dessert, $6.

3075 Araphoe Avenue, Boulder; 303-447-9572.

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