Last night Kathleen and I finally went to Pasta Mia in Adams Morgan. I’ve known about it for a long time, but just haven’t had a chance to go. Pasta Mia has a cult following in D.C. The 3 person operation (a cook and 2 waiters) has been attracting pasta lovers for a long time, but to very mixed reviews.

First off is the wait, people wait for over an hour sometimes and then it can take as long as 30 minutes to get your food (even your appetizer). Diners start lining up at 6pm for the 6:30 open time, the service is slow and sometimes rude and the portions are HUGE. All the pasta and sauces are home-made from fusilli to spinach fettucine, there’s a $13 minimum per person, cash only policy, and everything comes with Parmesan on top and mozzarella on the bottom, NO SUBSTITUTIONS!

I read some reviews on before going, so we both knew what to expect. When we rolled in around 8:52 we were seated almost right away since we were a party of 2 and it was later in the evening. So, first word of advice, don’t go with any more than 2 people and go late (they close at 10pm). We were lead to a very cramped table and sat very close to our neighboring diners who were quite entertaining as they had not read Yelp reviews and complained the whole time. Also, their niece was coming to visit the next day and they told everyone that about 47 times! Hope she has fun with them…

I got a glass of house wine and Kathleen got a Birra Moretti, both were $4.50. The wine wasn’t totally to my liking, a very strong Chianti, but it did go well with the pasta in the end. After seeing how huge the portions were we decided not to get an appetizer and went with pappardalle with meat sauce and fusilli with marinara, both to share. The bread they brought was decent and we downed it all since it took about 20 minutes for our food to come.



But, when it came, WOW. Huge steaming bowls of amazingness were set on the table as our eyes basically bugged out. My papardelle was cooked to perfection and covered in cheese and meat sauce, simple but perfect. Kathleen’s was the same, I’ve never tried homemade fusilli before, but they got it right. It did take awhile for the dishes to cool down though, they were a bit too hot to eat at first.



We made a small dent in our pastas and decided to wrap them up and order some dessert. Our Tiramisu was delish, I felt like I was back in Verona Italia with my host family, YUM! There was the perfect amount of cocoa powder sprinkled on top, the lady fingers were soaked to perfection, and the mascarpone cream was downright creamy.


The check came fast, we savored our last bites and then waddled out into the night! Bottom line, definitely a great Italian meal, but go with a small group (2), be prepared to wait a bit, and bring cash. They are closed Sunday’s and Monday’s.

Pasta Mia

1790 Columbia Rd NW

Washington, DC