There are three things that make Pasto my new favorite restaurant in Flagstaff (in fact, I went twice for lunch in three days):
1) The back patio is beautiful! Aspens, a fountain, shade, and the occasional sparrow create a welcome respite from the crowded, noisy sidewalks of downtown. I first brought family, and a business meeting the second time, and it was very easy to relax and de-stress. I can't wait to bring my honey for a romantic dinner.
2) The truffle maccheroni. Wow. It is a special, and I will be devastated if it is not incorporated into the regular menu. The pasta offerings in general are nice portions with unique touches to traditional flavors. I'm not sure I will be able to enjoy Olive Garden again after eating here. I have been spoiled with a glorious dish that was only $10.
3) Wednesdays have an all-day happy hour, meaning a number of nice appetizers are only $5 each. The fried oysters are the best I've ever had, and since I grew up on the Chesapeake Bay, that's really saying something. The fried eggplant with ricotta, red pepper, and basil was heavenly. I am not a fan of fries, but the Pasto Fries with Truffle Aioli were out of this world. The Cheesy Garlic Bread should definitely fill your monthly quota of roasted garlic, but skip the marinara as it is more like sour ketchup. The calamari was really good too!
Pasto is definitely my new spot! I always overlooked it because the menu posted by the door is so generic, but the things that make Pasto stand out are very much off the menu.
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