crazy to go again Sep 12, 2012
Two of us wanted to have a quick casual pasta for lunch. There was no one at the counter at first. We waited about 1 or 2 minutes before anyone showed up. Even though it was a dine in option, the pasta still came in take away boxes and disposable wear. We wouldn't expect more from what seems to be a fast food joint but the food was something to be remembered. The pesto sauce was about 75% made of parmesan and apart from a few greenish herbs, the remainder was oil (about 1 inch deep). The arrabiata sauce was even more peculiar. We are huge fans of spicy food, frequenting Thai, Sichuanese, Korean restaurants on a regular basis. But this sauce was beyond fiery and we had to regrettably toss it out. Disastrous pretty much sums it up.
Table Wait Time: 0 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Sep 05, 2012
Spending per head: Approximately HKD50(Lunch)
Value for Money2
Disappointing Dec 31, 2011
I ordered the chicken, tomato, rosemary pasta with wholemeal pasta and it was not a pleasant experience. The pasta was the roughest wholemeal pasta I've had. I know wholemeal pasta is not as smooth as normal pasta, but this one was dotted with visible bits of fibre with a rough mouth-feel. The sauce had bits of plant fibre in it which had to be picked out as they were not edible (not sure what it was, it looked like the stalk of something). There was very little chicken, diced into tiny cubes. A big chunk of pasta was stuck together and, as a result, raw. I stuck a fork in it and could lift up the bottom layer of the box.
That was my first and only time. I might consider giving them a second chance to see if it's a one off bad experience, but I would definitely not order the chicken, or the wholemeal pasta
Takeaway Wait Time: 8 minute(s)
Spending per head: Approximately HKD68(Lunch)
Value for Money1
Bravo, pasta mama mia italiano Dec 07, 2011
Back when I was a kid, my knowledge of pasta was limited to spaghetti, alphabets and Campbell soup But it was a treat at the time.
Then in the dormitory days, started to come across cheese macaroni, spaghettini, fettucine, canneloni and my favourite lasagna
As the italian cuisine started to take a foothold in the local gourmet industry in recent years, more and more varieties of pasta were introduced into HK.
First came ravioli, angel hair, fussili, inguini, penne followed by lots of other varieties -- short pastas like gnocchi and orecchiette; long pastas like farfelle and pappardelle; and stuffed pastas like tortellini ....
However, a lot of these pastas were available mainly in specialty italian groceries or in higher end italian restaurants. And to be honest, I have only heard of the names of many, like gnocchi, orecchiette and tortellini, but hadvenever tried them.
That was the scene until Pasta Mio came into the picture.
Tucked under the mid-levels escalator at Cochrane St, Pasta Mio operates much like a fast food store specializing in pastas. Fast, made-to-order and ready-to-go were the main features of the shop. It also has a few seats, probably less than 10, outside the store but with a shade to protect customers from the sun.
The food is ready in 10 minutes after order.
Thanks to Groupon, the meal was only $33 a piece (regular price $66). The presentation of the food was not quite appealing, and tastewise, was just above average. However, at $33, it was a good deal for a quick italian meal. For the ladies, they also serve fit-size pastas at a lower price. In fact, at $29 you can have a fit-size pasta of the day which I think is a super deal.
Takeaway Wait Time: 0 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Nov 26, 2011
Spending per head: Approximately HKD33(Lunch)
Dining Offers: Group-buy
Value for Money5
Dropping fast ... Aug 04, 2011
I was impressed the first time I bought my Spaghetti with Amatriciana (tomato + bacon) sauce here. The spaghetti was made al dente and somewhat thick in its shape which was interesting and tasty.
No longer is the case now. The Spaghetti with Melanzana (tomato + eggplant) sauce now I ordered was 100% dry in the paper box and the sauce don't mix at all.
It was an awful box of noodles.
Spaghetti now has suddenly been switched by the shop to some tiny thin noodles which are not al dente.
In general the pasta here are cooked for too long in the water. It is nothing but just another poorly made, mushy pasta shop which we have plenty around.
Takeaway Wait Time: 5 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Aug 04, 2011
Spending per head: Approximately HKD78
Value for Money2
P-a-s-t-a M-i-o will make my day any day Jul 10, 2011
I love gnocchi and ravioli so when I saw the reviews here I just had to try it out.
In the earlier reviews there were no seating but now there are tables outside the shop.
The last time I had lovely gnocchi and ravioli was at La Piazzetta in Wan Chai.
Review at La Piazzetta featuring gnocchi and tortellini:
There is a similar joint like Pasta Mio called Deli Deli at Fortress Hill too which reminds me of New York, but Deli Deli seems more Japanese and Chinese because it serves sweet red bean pizza and oolong tea, adapted more for locals.
The pasta at this place was so tempting I couldn’t wait until winter because I love having a lovely box of hot pasta in the cold.
I prepared myself for the heat and sweat.
It was sweltering that day when I had the pasta.
I checked their website earlier and RETTANGOLI (Salmon-Dill ravioli) was the one I most wanted to try.
But when I got there, they had changed the menu and this one had been discontinued, but Gnocchi and other filled pastas were available. I wish I came here earlier because Salmon and dill as a filling in ravioli sounds yummy.
The logo resembles Café O, but Café O has the name on top and the big O at the bottom.
It has big glass windows clearly displaying the different pastas available, each of them are labelled.
There is a glass display with cakes because they have a cake shop in Sheung Wan called Sprinkles, so I would expect their cakes to taste nice if they have a cake shop.
Anyway I sat down and had a look at their menu. At first it can be confusing, but basically you choose the type of pasta first, then the sauce, and then the size.
The pastas they have are:
Farfelle, Fusilli, Gnocchi, Penne (plain/wholewheat).
In the premium pastas range it includes filled pastas such as tortelloni, the choices are Spaghetti, Tagliatelle, Fiocchi (filled with smoked ham and fontana cheese), Tortelloni (spinach and ricotta cheese) and Tortellacci Toscani (filled with Casatella, Ricotta & Parmesan).
The sauces they had were:
Pomodoro (Tomato + Basil)
Arrabbiata (Tomato + Chilli)
Chicken (Tomato + Rosemary Chicken)
Bolognese (Tomato + Beef + Pork)
Melanzana (Tomato + Grilled Eggplant + Provolone Cheese)
Amatriciana (Tomato + Bacon)
Boscaiola (Tomato + Cream + Ham + Mushroom)
Carbonara (Cream + Egg + Bacon)
Four Cheese (Cream + Cheese)
J. Pesto (Basil + Pine Nuts + Olive Oil + Parmesan)
In the end I chose gnocchi with four cheese to compare it with La Piazzetta and Tortellacci Toscani with chicken and rosemary sauce and the size I chose was FIT (the smallest) so I could try both.
The pastas came fairly quickly.
Even though it was sweltering the pasta was so delicious the heat didn’t reduce my appetite.
It looked similar to La Piazzetta, but the portion was slightly bigger.
The cheese sauce was quite runny and hot, but it was really nice and not sickly.
On top the gnocchi was powdered cheese too.
The gnocchi texture is similar to the chinese sweet dumplings and Shanghai new year cakes, but the texture of the gnocchi was not all consistent, some where harder or softer than others.
Although it wasn’t consistent it was nice having a variety of textures.
Gnocchi is made of potato and flour and its size and appearance is a bit like a chinese beard candy with ridges on the top.
The base of this sauce was tomato, and there were generous pieces of chicken. The chicken was really tender and fresh. Usually I do not eat the meat, but I ate all the chicken in this.
The Tortellaci was generous but some of it was stuck together.
The filling inside the tortellaci was ricotta, parmesan and casatella.
Casatella is a soft fresh rindless cows’ milk cheese from Lombardy
But anyway I loved it I could have had more, the cheese filling was really strong, I am glad I had this instead of the spinach and cheese filling.
To finish it off I had a tiny cupcake, which came with the set. It was really cute especially the box because the size of the box is about half the height of a coke can.
The pricing may be pricey, but its really good, and I cant wait till the summer goes and I really hope the RETTANGOLI (Salmon-Dill ravioli) will be back one day!
Next time, I will be back for the baked Macaroni and cheese.
I am so fed up with the fake macaroni and cheese inspired dishes that are just made with cream.
For health conscious people, they have a calories table on their menu, so you can see how much calories your pasta is because they have given an estimate for different pastas they do paired with the sauces.
Value for Money5
Yummy Pomodoro Jun 23, 2011
On my way home I wanted smth quick to eat and passed by Pasta Mio.
Decided to do a quick takeaway Spaghetti Pomodoro.
The wait wasn't long but when I went to pay I was kind of surprised that it cost $78 for a small takeway box of spaghetti!
Much more expensive than Te so was a bit disappointed.
Got home and the pasta was nice and hot- they have a microwave they use in plain sight for some of the baked orders, but thankfully my pasta was boiled fresh, with sauce heated by a pan (smth offputting about paying money at a restaurant and watching them microwave your food....)
The spaghetti was really really thick- almost like eating Shanghainese egg noodles. I agree with the other review here that said they could eat it with chopsticks.
It was however very tasty- maybe the speghetti cos it was home made was quite thick but I think it actually soaked up the sauce (which was hearty and healthy with a nicely portioned sprinkling of real cheese on top- no parmesan from the bottle).
Will definately go back cos the pasta was good, but maybe not so often as it's kinda expensive for a takeaway place.
Recommended Dish(es): spaghetti pomodoro
Takeaway Wait Time: 4 minute(s)
Spending per head: Approximately HKD78(Dinner)
Value for Money3
Italian version of Take Out Noodles-in-a-Box May 10, 2011
You could almost eat these with chopsticks. The meat ragu is not bad for a take-out shop, in fact better than many local restaurants. It has a little too much tomato in it though, but there's plenty of ragu tossed in with the pasta. The Chitarra was slightly too undercooked for me, it was almost like eating 油麵. For $78, this was quite a substantial serving as I struggled to finish it. I'll order the Regular size next time.
A natural sparkling Mineral Water from Portugal, this was quite weak in the effervescence gassing. At $18/each for a pretty small bottle, I will personally NOT order this again. Its a bit too opportunistic.
OVERALL, A DECENT TAKE-AWAY JOINT, WILL COME BACK TO TRY OTHER PASTA'S AND SAUCES.
Spending per head: Approximately HKD96
Value for Money4