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