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IL Pastaio

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3075 Arapahoe Ave, Unit B, Boulder, CO 80303-1048
+1 303-447-9572
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11:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri 11:00 - 22:00
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Grinnell, United States
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82 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2016

I was looking for carbs. Found Il Pastaio on the web after driving by it earlier. The ratings looked good. The food flavor was Outstanding. The atmosphere is unique and is a throwback to a small Italian market. The staff looked like they all are family. We didn’t have a waiter, but the whole family serving us. When we walked... More 

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Thank F Austin J
Louisville, Colorado
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

We eat at Il Pastaio fairly frequently. After moving here from Connecticut 20 years ago, we found that what we think of as good Italian food is not so easy to find here in Colorado. We find that Il Pastaio is a decent choice, although I would stick to the pasta dishes here, rather than the meat entrees. All pasta... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2016

Small but very comfortable. We went for lunch and tries the shrimp ravioli, spinach ricotta rigatoni and meat lasagna plus cannoli for desert. YUM YUM

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Thank Niloofar K
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016 via mobile

In a strip mall. Eleven tables. Wine served in juice classes. The polenta was dry. The rack of lamb was saturated in brown sauce. Total disappointment.

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Thank lee d
Olympia, Washington
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367 reviews
245 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2016

The place came highly recommended, and I was quite disappointed. I rated it poor because while it probably is an average American Italian restaurant, for the prices they ask, it should be an "Italian" Italian restaurant, and it clearly is not. The staff was excellent. It was full when we walked in but a waitperson looked around, nodded toward a... More 

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Thank SkykomishBob
Boulder, Colorado
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121 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

The food is fresh and excellent. The pasta and the sauces are all house-made and wonderful. It is tiny, but they do take-out, and you can buy pasta and sauce in bulk, too (try their gnocci). It's busy, so early is best for eat in. We go at least once every two weeks, sometimes for take-out, sometimes to eat there.... More 

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Thank Susan S
Fargo, North Dakota
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337 reviews
229 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2016

This restaurant is quite small and very busy. It's somewhat hard to find (it's not directly on Arapahoe), but the food is excellent. I had the salad special (arugula and palm hearts with Parmesan), which had a very nice light oil dressing and the pasta with pesto. The basic menu features multiple pasta choices that one can pair with probably... More 

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Thank Larry P
Selma, North Carolina
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121 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2016

Friends had recommended IL Pastaio to us and we really enjoyed it. It is a small place with a warm atmosphere. It is very popular so you will need to make reservations. We have eaten there twice now and have enjoyed it very much. I don't think that you would be disappointed in giving IL Pastaio a try.

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Thank Jimmyhikes
Greenville, SC
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2016

Hands down my favorite restaurant in Boulder. It's small and busy, so make a reservation and only come in a small group, but it's worth it! Perfect date restaurant :)

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Thank Adialosdia
Grapevine, Texas
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2016

Wonderful Italian food in a small neighborhood restaurant. It feels like being in Italy. Reservations are recommended.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
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?