Located on the corner of the Rowe's Wharf Complex, Pasta Beach is a cheery, Italian eatery. It came highly recommended by both the hotel concierge and the bellman.
Considering how we each merely ate a croissant and warm beverage during our 4-hour drive, the idea a comfy sit-down meal of Italian food made all of our mouths water, as we walked across Atlantic Avenue, towards "the gateway to Boston" (better known as the Rowe's Wharf.)
If you are not familiar with this area of Boston, it's a definite must-visit. Since it's reconstruction in 1987 to revitalize the area around Boston Harbor, it has become a popular transportation and entertainment hub about 10 blocks east of Boston's financial district near Atlantic Avenue.
A long, counter throughout gives Pasta Beach a welcoming air to it, leading to the large brick oven in the back.
Our server was an absolute doll and extremely attentive during our entire meal. She even became our photographer to document our visit!
I will not lie, we attacked the bread the instant it was placed on our table. With two different olive oils from which to choose, Gianna (11) and I both went with the red-pepper infused one, which had just the right amount of kick to it. Now, Kelsey (9) is my picky eater, however, loves bread!
For whatever reason, watching me and Gianna dip and eat away, inspired her to want to try dipping her bread in olive oil as well. I can't tell you how it warms my heart when she tries new things. And best of all, she was sold - she will now be a "bread dipper" along with her mom and sister!
I, on the other hand, knowing I would be having a taste of both girls' meals, ordered the Milanese di Pollo -fried breaded chicken breast, arugula, cherry tomatoes, lemon. I absolutely enjoyed this. The chicken was pounded thin, the way I LOVE it, breaded just right and the cherry tomatoes and arugula were fresh and dee-lish with the warm chicken. Topped with the lemon dressing and a little balsamic vinegar, I was good to go.
The spaghetti was al dente, as it should be and the tomato sauce was sweet and tasty. Of course, I snagged a slice of the 10-inch personal pizza as well. I had to force myself to stop at one! The crust was crispy, yet airy and the cheese and basil were in the right proportion!
Kelsey and I opted to share a sweet ending of Chocolate Lava Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream. I was torn, as the Tiramisu is my usual favorite, but I was just in a chocolate kind of mood.
Pasta Beach also offers outdoor seating, but yesterday was a bit windy with occasional showers, so that was not an option. However, I can only imagine how lovely and quaint it must be to dine al fresco on a lovely sunny day!
Providence, Rhode Island is the home of a second Pasta Beach, which also enjoys the same menu.
Great location, food and service - Pasta Beach is a Boston fave for me!