26
Jan

Island Pasta Is Our Favorite Melbourne Restaurant

Last night we ate at Island Pasta, our favorite restaurant in Melbourne FL. The restaurant got its start in one of the alcoves of the Historic Downtown Melbourne area as a small laid back place that had about 8 tables 5 years ago. It has since moved onto the main drag in the downtown area and is now 2 to 3 times the size and is one of the hottest restaurants in Melbourne. If you get there past 6:30 on a Friday night expect to wait at least 30 minutes to get a table.

You can sit inside or outside at Island Pasta and because there was a wait we took first available seating. We weren’t sure we wanted to sit outside because the temperature was in the 50’s and after waiting at a table out near the street, I was getting a bit cold. We ended up sitting in their alcove seating which does have a closed glass door to the outside and it turned out to be very comfortable.

We went with some friends we hadn’t seen in some time and I had the Portobello Ravioli which is usually served with with a roasted garlic cream sauce, but to make it a whole lot healthier, I always ask for the marinara sauce instead. The dinner comes with a salad and Island Pasta has some of the freshest salads around. I got the creamy curry dressing on the salad and I usually ask for it on the side because they put too much on, but was busy gabbing and forgot to speak up. The dressing is pretty popular and Island Pasta bottles and sells it.

Island Pasta Creamy Curry Salad

After the salad came the ravioli, which was quite delicious, but had a little too much parmesan cheese on it.

Island Pasta Portabello Ravioli

Jean and I shared a glass of White Zinfandel to complement the pasta and she had the Volcano Salad with a side of spaghetti. We don’t drink very much, but some times it’s just nice to have a glass of wine with dinner.

We had a nice evening out and ended up going to our local Barnes & Noble where I always get a decaf, cafe mocha and usually get the medium size (the silly name for medium is Grande) but last night I got the small or “Tall” size. Next time I’ll get the Grande. It’s worth the approximately 30 cents more to get an extra shot of espresso. Even though it’s decaf, it gives it a much strong coffee flavor.

My friend Jeff and I spent much of the time at the restaurant and B&N checking out his new iPhone which is pretty cool. If you’ve never seen one up close and personal, the touch screen is truly amazing. The ladies almost left us at the restaurant because we were spending too much time surfing the web on Jeff’s phone (like I need to do that more). They were almost out to the car before Jeff and I even left our seats. I finally had to nearly drag my friend to the car.

Some of the pictures above could be better, but I’m still getting used to my new Nikon Coolpix S200. You press the button half way to focus and I haven’t completely figured out where that half way point is yet. I guess I need to take more than one picture of each item.

Alan

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5 Responses to “Island Pasta Is Our Favorite Melbourne Restaurant”

  1. The iPhone is the best $400 I’ve ever spent. I’ve had mine for about 4 months now, and I can’t live without it. 😉

  2. Sounds like you had a nice time dining out!

  3. You’re right about the iPhone. I don’t have one, but have seen one, and it seems pretty cool. And I LOVE pasta! You made me so hungry right now

  4. Anca,

    Yes the iPhone is very cool and Island Pasta is one of our favorite places to go out to.

  5. I’m going to make me some macaroni & cheese! But those pictures look sooo good!

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