Vancouver Cheap Eats: Pasta

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Pasta is the go-to comfort food for people around the world. With so many different types of noodles and sauces, there is sure to be a dish that suits every taste. Known for its international cuisine, Vancouver offers some of the best pasta around, and we’re here to bring you the tastiest pasta dishes we could find for under $10.

Basil Pasta Bar

Basil Pasta Bar has been a well-known Yaletown staple since opening its doors in 2010. Sauces are made in-house daily, using fresh quality ingredients from local markets. Popular dishes include the Pesto Shrimp Linguine, Chicken Curry Fettuccine, and Penne Arrabiata, all for $7.95 each. The restaurant also boasts a $7.95 ‘Create Your Own Dish’ option, with over 50 options to choose from. Expect a line-up if you go mid-day as this cozy restaurant tends to fill up quickly!

Address: 636 Davie Street, Yaletown
Phone: 604-568-3106
Website: www.basilpastabar.com

IK2GO

Meatballs at IK2GO (Justin Leigh/Vancity Buzz)

Meatballs at IK2GO (Justin Leigh/Vancity Buzz)

Also known as the Italian Kitchen 2 Go, this little known take-out window offers delicious Italian cuisine for those on-the-go. Part of the popular Glowbal Group restaurant, Italian Kitchen, customers can enjoy a variety of tasty pastas starting from $6.95. Unique, must-try dishes include the Lamb Timballo and Truffle Radiatori. And as an added bonus, IK2GO offers 20% off all pastas Monday to Friday from 3:30-5:30pm. What’s not to love?

Address: In the lobby of 1049 Alberni Street, Downtown
Phone: 604-629-3436
Websitewww.ik2go.com

Sciué

This popular Roman-inspired restaurant has multiple locations all over downtown Vancouver. With a mission to deliver fresh, authentic food with “genuine Roman-style service”, Sciué keeps it interesting by rotating their pasta menu daily. Their “Classic Pasta of the Day” is $7 while their “Gourmet Pasta of the Day” is $9.50. Both options come with freshly baked bread from their in-house bakery.

Address: 800 West Pender Street, Downtown (Click here for full list of locations)
Phone: 604-602-7263
Websitewww.scuie.ca

Raviolino

Established in 2004, Raviolino is a longtime Kits staple that has built a tradition of making the highest quality Italian food. Raviolino aims to “romance your tastebuds” with all of their pasta made fresh, in-house daily. Try their popular spaghetti and meatballs for $8.99 or one of their many delicious ravioli options for $9.99. Menu is take-out only.

Address: 2822 West 4th Avenue, Kitsilano
Phone: 604-736-0772
Websitewww.raviolino.com

Semolina Pasta

Rounding off our pasta list this week is Semolina, known for made-to-order pasta dishes prepared with the highest quality ingredients at $7.99 each. Their pasta noodles use the highest quality semolina flour that features traditional pasta making techniques, including slow kneading, bronze drawing, and a two-stage drying process. Sauces are also made in-house daily.

Address: 501 Dunsmuir Street, Downtown
Phone: 604-685-4250
Websitewww.semolinapasta.ca

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