Review: Pasta Mia
If you live in DC you are most likely familiar with the perpetual long line that forms outside of Pasta Mia, a not so special looking establishment at the corner of 18th and Columbia. For over a year now, the line outside Pasta Mia has baffled me, and also made me insanely curious about the restaurant. Is it that good? I mean people wait in the rain to get into this place!
So I FINALLY went, only because it was gorgeous outside so I wouldn’t mind waiting in line outside. By some chance miracle, my sweetheart Matt(y) (who will blog one of these days) and I were seated immediately.
First impression: Our table was squeezed a little too close for comfort in between two others (like to the point that we were just sharing olive oil with the table to the left of us).
Second impression: Call it an authority issue, but I hate going to places with rules. Like, I am paying you for a service, I should not have to be following rules here! The first annoying rule was that they only accept cash, so I had to leave to go to the ATM. And it’s not like this place is cheap- I mean we each had one glass of house wine and a pasta dish and it was 40 bucks without tip. The second rule I discovered was through an elderly couple sitting to the right of us (so basically at our table). They were so cute, and all they wanted was to split a salad and a pasta dish, because they knew the portions were HUGE. The waitress said she’d have to charge them for two entrees if they did that! WHAAAA! So they ended up just getting their own.
After the jump, the stunning third, fourth and final conclusions of Pasta Mia
Third impression: THANK GOD they provide you with bread because you would go insane waiting for your food (especially if you have an unreasonable fear of hunger like myself). Plan on waiting at least an hour after you order, and longer if you order an appetizer or salad.
Forth impression: When your food FINALLY comes out, it’s divine. We both ordered Pesto Gnocchi, and it was very tasty. However, I find it hard to screw up pesto, and Gnocchi is just good in general. The portion side is obnoxiously HUGE (and I eat a lot)! I ate my leftovers for lunch the next day and I still couldn’t finish it!
In conclusion: I sound like I’m seriously bashing this place, and I shouldn’t – we had a good time, the food was good, it’s just the rules kind of rubbed me the wrong way. And I have to say, some of the other dishes that came out, it really looked like something you would make at home (if you were to make the entire package of pasta for yourself!). The other thing I wish they offered is whole wheat pasta, but that’s just me!
The line is still a mystery however. I mean the place is tiny, so that could be part of it. But I still don’t understand waiting in the rain to go there. I think it was 80 Proof that made the point that people come before it opens, which isn’t until 6:30, so it gives the illusion that there is a line to get in, which in turn attracts others to come… humans have such a herd instinct!
1790 Columbia Rd NW / Washington, DC / (202) 328-9114