Patrons don't seem to mind waiting their turn to eat in this affordable, 40-seat trattoria, and the lines trail around the corner for a reason: Pasta Mia's southern Italian dishes all cost around $14 and could feed the average female for a whole day. Large bowls of steaming pasta are served with a generous layer of freshly grated Parmesan. Some best sellers are fusilli with broccoli and whole cloves of roasted garlic, rich spinach fettuccine, and penne arrabbiata
(in a spicy marinara sauce with olives). Tiramisu, served in a teacup, is a civilized way to finish your meal.
1790 Columbia Rd. NW, Washington, District of Columbia, 20009, United States
Mar 6, 2012
I have been humiliated. We are visiting Washington as a family for the fist time in years. We read the reviews for this restaurant and decided to try it. We came in and the the patrons seated next to us told us that the portions were large so when we ordered we ordered two meals so that my wife and I could split our large portions with our children. We ordered two 17.00 meals and a caraff of wine. We had plans to order desert and more wine
but we were cut short. We waited aprox. 20 minutes after ordering, eating the bread brought to the table and drinking half of our wine when the young waiter returned to our table and informed us that there was a minimum of 16.00 per person apologized but said that we could not eat here if we did not up our order. ( this info is on the menu btw at the bottom, but we didnt make it to the bottom of the menu before ordering). I was slightly embarrassed but decided this was not for our family and asked the waiter to bring our bill for the wine and that we would leave. He mentioned that he would talk to the owners and would come back. HUMILIATION, an italian woman came to our table with a menu and a bill for the wine. She showed me in front of many people sitting around us that the menu said 16.00 minimum. I said "give me the bill for the wine and we will leave. She then became agitated and said that WE HAD EATEN THE BREAD AND SHOULD BE CHARGED FOR THAT. At that point the only thing that kept me from losing it, was the fact that I needed to be an example to my children. I handed this horrible woman the money for the wine and sought out the waiter to give him a tip. After all, I think he was almost as embarrassed as I was. We left this degrading establishment and will never return. I hope many people will read this and not patronize this business. We were sent out on the street to find food elsewhere because we didnt order enough initially. The ironic factor is that we probably would have spent well over our pre defined amount if we were given the chance. So sad. Finally, we have been to Italy and NEVER were we treated like trash. True Italian spirit embraces the family experience, not so at Pasta Mia's.
Mar 27, 2009
The food here is fine. The bolognese was ok a little salty and not too flavorful. The ravioli was ok too. The house red is ok. The service was horrible and rude. The line is a mystery. Why wait for a restaurant with poor service, that only serves ok pasta? We waited for 2 hours after ordering salad and pasta. I think Washington D.C. needs to learn what real Italian food is.
Dec 2, 2008
Well, our pasta dishes, once they arrived, were good to very good, but it was quite a long and annoying wait: Policies like cash-only and a $14 minimum per person whether you share a dish or order your own (even for our 3 year old daughter!), servers randomly removing items from our table to give to other customers without even a "do you mind?" Ridiculously sized entrees--they could serve 2 or 3 people which would make it a reasonably priced place--if
only you were allowed to share without paying $14/person. We won't be returning, which won't affect them as they have lines day and night for some reason. Perhaps DC is full of masochists?