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IL Pastaio

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3075 Arapahoe Ave, Unit B, Boulder, CO 80303-1048
+1 303-447-9572
11:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri 11:00 - 22:00
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Carnesville, Georgia
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

Amazing service, atmosphere and delicious foods. After our viewing of Fantastic Beasts my friends and I decided to find a place to have dinner. A quick search for Italian food in the Boulder area turned us on to Il Pastaio. I was surprised, yet excited, once we arrived to find it to be a little whole in the wall kinda... More 

Thank Rebecca M
Boulder, Colorado, United States
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55 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

We haven't tried this place for years, so decided to try the two different types of lasagna (beef or turkey) with sides of green beans and broccoli. Marinara sauce added the finishing touch. This style of lasagna is made very thin so it is easy to eat and, as we remembered, excellent in taste. Reasonably priced with great portions.

Thank Bill O
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539 reviews
274 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 257 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Bottom line, Il Pastaio serves very good Italian food in a nice atmosphere. The pasta was just a bit on the “done” side of al dente, and the sauces and cheese a bit too liberally applied, but that seems to be the American adaptation of what you would get in Italy. The dinner rolls were very good. My eggplant parmigiana... More 

Thank MunichEricJ
Boulder, Colorado
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

I saw good reviews and was missing food from Italy, so came here with a friend for dinner. We stepped in, and waited a bit, unsure if we were supposed to have someone seat us. Even though there was a little bell on the door, all of the staff looked unconcerned, so I thought it would be OK to just... More 

Thank Erica W
Miami, Florida, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

One of the best Italian places in Boulder, if not the best. Don't be fooled by the modest outside, the food and service is excellent. I love the lasagna, chicken parm, chicken piccata, and their salad. Great lunch buffet too if you get there during lunch hours.

Thank Nicholas M
Boulder, Colorado
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78 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

We have been looking for a good Italian restaurant in Boulder for a while. Finally tried IL Pastaio. The interior of the restaurant as opposed to the plain store front is bright and charming. The food was great. I had the evening special Bouillabaisse. Outstanding. My husband ordered the Eggplant Parmigiana that came with spaghetti. He loved it.

Thank susanfern
Denver, United States
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

We went as a large family (>12) and despite the small size of the place everyone had a great time and enjoyed the homemade pasta. The spaghetti, fusilli, and gnocchi were all made and cooked to perfection. The arrabbiata sauce was satisfyingly spicy, marinara sauce fresh and not too sweet and pesto was well above average. My family is Italian... More 

Thank Frank S
New York
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32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

I am repeating the advice I received, "YOU MUST TRY IL PASTAIO! IT IS THE BEST PASTA YOU WILL EVER EAT!" This turned out to be ABSOLUTELY true! (We even went there twice in the 4 days we stayed in Boulder!) I first heard about IL PASTAIO while hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park, about 50 miles away from Boulder.... More 

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Arvada, CO
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74 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

My 17 year old is a vegetarian........actually, he is a starchetarian......and a very picky eater, at that. We were running errands up in Boulder and on a whim we did a Google search for Italian restaurants. The nearest place that popped up was Il Pastaio. We popped in and were very pleasantly surprised. I see other less than flattering reviews......wine... More 

Thank Sean O
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99 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

I am shocked how many people gave a positive review to this place. The atmosphere is severely lacking. The food is average and it is quite expensive. It is sad that there are no decent Italian restaurants in Boulder. I would not recommend this at all!

Thank Barbsiegogo

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3075 Arapahoe Ave, Unit B, Boulder, CO 80303-1048
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Boulder
  • Phone Number: +1 303-447-9572

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?