Pasta Lovers Trattoria

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699 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

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Pasta Lovers Trattoria, New York Italian Restaurant & full bar offering great drinks and stocked with a large selection of wines. Located in the heart of midtown in New York City's Rockefeller Plaza and Theater District, has been a neighborhood love for over 15 years. We serve fresh and delicious Italian cuisine in a beautiful and casual setting. Pasta Lovers has been satisfying all types of clientele, from businessmen to families, tourists to native New Yorkers. Fresh, hot, crispy pizzas are made daily in the giant brick oven. Our extensive wine list features wines and champagnes from many different regions. We feature a beautiful party room for any occasion that can seat up to 100 people. Catering is available; just ask for our event and catering coordinators. Come to Pasta Lovers and enjoy the sight, smell and taste of authentic Italian cuisine.
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G
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really good pasta and service from Serbian waitress was awesome

CM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

The food was good but the service was extremely slow. At the time we had finished our meal the table next to us was just seated. They ordered, were served their meal, and their plates were cleared before our waiter came back to ask if we wanted to see a dessert menu. I had never had such slow service. It was as if they forgot we were even in the restaurant.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great service. Will be one of my go to Restaurants.

GD
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect Pre theater Italian Restaurant. Service was quick and pleasant and the food was delicious.

k
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Disappointed. Food cold in center, even after returning to kitchen, which I never do. Service very good. I would not go back though. Much better Italian in NYC.

AW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

The quality of the food was very poor. The salads and appetizer of fried mozzarella and eggplant rollatini were average. My daughter ordered shrimp with her salad and it was so overcooked it was inedible. My husband ordered linguini with seafood and became ill within 60 minutes of leaving the restaurant.

a
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The fried mozzarella was great, but wish more were served since it only comes with 2 pieces.

The pasta special that includes brandy is VERY strong/alcoholic so fair warning. They can make it with less brandy though!

Staff was attentive, nice, and friendly.

j
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We absolutely loved this place. Went for a friends birthday dinner and Sokol was a wonderful waiter.

OT
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Food was good. The feel and comfort level of the restaurant was amazing. I felt that it was way overpriced for what you received even for the location.

OT
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

AMAZING PASTA!! First day in the city and I was impressed 💕👍🏼🙌🏼

IB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was great ... food was delicious. I pick this restaurant cause to my husband love Italian food 🥰

MN
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We are living in America for the last 7 years, and this was the best pasta we had so far. Also, the service was impeccable and caring. First, I got stranded on the Lincon Tunnel traffic, so I called them and they changed my reservation without problems. Then, when I arrived, due the delays, I asked the waiter to speed up our orders since me and my wife were going on a Broadway show. And they made the food really fast. And to make the experience even better, they gave us a complimentary Tiramissu to celebrate our anniversary.
I really enjoyed and will come back for sure!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

The baked ziti was good. The tomato sauce they use on the raviolis was bland. Bruschetta was terrible. Fried mozzarella tasted like it came out of the frozen food aisle at Shoprite.

i
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding!!

r
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Conveniently located Italian restaurant, everything is okay but nothing stood out as being terrific. The menu for lunch could have more light choices.
What was very good was the quiet and the lack of pressure - I was with a friend visiting from out of town and we had a lovely chance to sit and talk, with no one clamoring for the table and no noisy customers close by. So I'd recommend it for that rather than for the food.

T
New England
12 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great was great - baked ziti and chicken parm were covered in cheese and great choices. Service was good and prices weren’t bad for NY. Would go here again

SJ
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

I appreciated the attentive service, and the food was quite good. Not a lot of affordable places near Radio City -- so this is one I will absolutely come again. I was with a friend who uses a wheelchair and they were very welcoming to us -- definitely a plus!!

DD
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service was fantastic. Highly recommend this place!

JO
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

We decided to spend our anniversary dinner at Pasta Lovers restaurant near Rockefeller Plaza. We found the restaurant on the OpenTable app. When we arrived, the exterior looked very classy.

Once we were seated, we waited a while before a server finally came to our table. This server appeared to be a trainee and the mentor was just watching him. Well, it went downhill from there. We asked for a cocktail menu and he could not find one. Then, we requested a particular cocktail and he returned after a long time to let us know that they did not have that cocktail.

Then we waited for him to take our dinner order. Again, this took a very long time.

When our dinner did come, one of the two entrees was wrong. We finally got his attention and told them of THEIR mistake. Eventually, the one entrée was delivered but this was after a long period of time.

The Veal Parmesan was excellent, but the Chicken Marsala was over-cooked.

All of the mistakes made this evening not very special for an anniversary!

Finally, we never did receive any sort of apology for the poor service and the mentor of the trainee barely made eye contact with us!

A
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, and great service. Would highly recommend.

CD
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was our first time eating atpasta lover we enjoyed the atmosphere the coziness and the food was great the price reasonable .

PS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always enjoy dining at Pasta Lovers. My penne alla vodka was delicious!

RD
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great, delicious food. Our waiter was terrific & very helpful. We’ll be back! Thanks

m
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

very good. i got chicken parm and asked with the the vodka sauce it was an extra surcharge but TOTALLY worth it!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The pasta special prepared at the table was a great experience.

GW
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best pasta in New York. Highly recommend this restaurant.

JM
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Group of 6. Seated promptly and service was fast. Orders were all correct. Waiters were excellent

MG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

The Drinks
- My friend and I both got martinis. Probably the worst tasting martini I've had, but it was so potent that I'll forgive them the taste.

The Food
- Fried Mozzarella: Okay, some of the best fried mozzarella I've ever had. However, for $13 I would really have liked more than TWO pieces. We were a bit shocked.
- Shells Pasta Lovers: While I enjoyed the dish, I stayed away from the pieces of chicken. They lacked flavor and were a little rubbery. The sauce, while tasty, was very watery. My favorite part was broccoli.
- Breaded Chicken Parmigiana: The spaghetti was the star of the show, for sure! While the chicken was fine, my friend and husband could not get enough of the spaghetti.

Overall
- I don't believe I will be visiting again. If you go, get something with the red sauce, not the cream. Get the mozzarella if you can bear spending so much for two pieces, and don't expect the Instagram moments you've seen.

MB
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The only negative comment I have would be the tall man, with salt and pepper hair, that escorted us to our table. He looked me up and down without smiling when I thanked him and smiled at him. It made me feel uncomfortable and unwelcome. Our server, however, went out of his way to please us.

AI
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went in as family of six (2 kids - 4 and 7). Seated really quickly. Great servers and even better food! Highly recommended.

KR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

love their food! Wish the Pasta bolognese hadn't changes from spaghetti to rigatoni!

MH
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great place for a business lunch or if you are meeting friends and actually want to be able to hear each other and have a conversation. The pizzas are amazing!

N
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were in and out within an hour. GREAT business lunch

RS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a great restaurant in a very popular area.Food is great.Service even better.Ronnie was very attentive to our every need.The price for this great experience was worth every penny.I long for one more piece of my chicken Marsalla. Without reservation,make a reservation.

LB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was Wonderful, no complaints at All. Will be back again soon with friends and family.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

We went for a birthday date night and the staff gave us plenty of privacy while still attending to us. The staff was accommodating and very professional. The food was delicious and we would certainly return for more meals.

M
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Really nice place. Nice staff and the food is lovely. The worst part is the loud bar area! But will definitely be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Rice balls were cold on the inside. Nothing was outright terrible but nothing blew us away besides the marinara!

EL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is always excellent and very reasonable for NY prices.

d
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious!

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