La Pasta Presto
Nearby Subway Stops
6 at 51st St.; E, M at Lexington Ave.-53rd St.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
- Business Lunch
- Full Bar
41st St. to 61st St., Park Ave. to First Ave.
This venue is closed.
Pasta Presto feels like a cottage—albeit one that's packed with college grads and other youthful types at closely seated tables. True to its name, the restaurant has speedy service, but the kitchen's a little on the fickle side: Pan-Italian, it mixes Southern and Northern Italian Roman and Ligurian styles. Ingredients are supermarket-standard, with many dishes thrown together so quickly that flavors often fail to blend. Look elsewhere for the lovingly stewed sauces that characterize Sicilian and Southern Italian cooking. Yet Prince Edward mussels on linguine, with a garlic pesto that draws the plump mussels together, is one of the better choices, a cut above the run-of-the-mill vodka- or clam-sauce dishes. Fettuccine Bolognese is filled with toothsome sausage and mushroom chunks, but the sweet sauce recalls Chef Boyardee, and needs longer simmering. Shrimp scampi and various chicken preparations lead the entrées. Portions are large; if you're in a hurry or want to stockpile provisions for a few recycled meals, this is the place for you.Recommended Dishes
Fettuccine Bolognese, $15.95; Prince Edward mussels in garlic basil pesto over linguine, $16.95
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