Vancouver Pasta Challenge

Welcome to the Vancouver Foodster Pasta Challenge. Restaurants from all over the city were invited to enter their pasta dishes into this challenge, some of the restaurants have created a special pasta creation just for this challenge and others have entered their top choice off their existing menu. Each restaurant will be featuring their pasta creation on their menu from October 8-31, 2020.

How Does this all Work? For the public challenge, you are invited to go out and order any or all of the pasta creations in this challenge, then you decide who you think has the best pasta creation for the People’s Choice award winners. 

Share your experiences: Tweet (and don’t forget to tweet or instagram your photos) throughout the challenge, our twitter and instagram address is @vanfoodster and the hashtag is #PastaChallengeYVR please include this hashtag in all your tweets during the challenge.

Voting criteria –  some things to help you judge your favourite pasta creations – keep these things in mind: originality, creativity, uniqueness, traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste.

Please VOTE for your favourites between October 8-31, 2020.

Here are the Pasta creations in this challenge, listed in no particular order other than when they were received by us.

Casereccio Foods

West Coast Nonna’s Ravioli

Price: $22

Created by: Chef Alex

Description: Handmade spinach ravioli stuffed with BC wild sockeye salmon and creamy mascarpone cheese, served on a bed of velvety caviar cream.

Ingredients: Spinach (For the Pasta Sheets); BC Wild Sockeye Salmon; Mascarpone Cheese; Whipping cream, Caviar, Parmigiano.

Available: Lunch and Dinner daily

Casereccio Foods

2480 Vine Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-734-4440

Web: www.caserecciofood.com

Instagram @casereccio_foods

Doppio Zero Pizza

Gnocchi in

Price: $19

Created by: the team

Description: Gnocchi in Gorgonzola truffle sauce with guanciale (pork cheeks)

Available: Lunch and Dinner, Tuesday – Sunday

Doppio Zero Pizza

1655 Como Lake Ave, Coquitlam

Tel: (778) 355-5333

Web: http://doppiozeropizza.ca/

Instagram @doppiozeropizza00

Artusi Restaurant

Tagliatelle Dolce Forte

Price: $21

Created by: Chef Delbert Cirfera

Description: Tagliatelle Dolce Forte is handmade cacao pasta with wild boar & dark chocolate sauce, Parmigiano cream, pine nuts, chestnuts and fresh rosemary.

Origins of the traditional recipe date back to the Court of Medici, during the Renaissance (16th Century) – the dish being an original personal inspiration to Chef Delbert Cirfera of Artusi. This pasta changed minds wirth artistic flavour creativity, during a time when the world was hungry for beauty and illumination. Wild boar is fried to caramelize, then slow-braised for tender richness. Dolceforte Sauce is traditionally flavoured with juice of the cooked boar, vegetables, spices and red wine – then finished with nuts and dark bitter chocolate. We have given this centuries-old idea a new contemporary design, during a time when restoration of inspiration is needed once again.

Chef Cirfera has not only prepared sauce with delectable dark chocolate, but has also hand-made luxurious cacao noodles! Satisfyingly sweet and strong flavours are perfect cool weather comfort, with robust textures and an uncommonly delicious combination of ingredients.

Available: Tuesday – Sunday for dinner for dine-in, takeout and delivery

Artusi Restaurant

412 6th Street, New Westminster

Tel: (604) 553-9922

Website: http://www.artusirestaurant.com/

Twitter: @ArtusiNewWest

Instagram @artusirestaurant

Robba Da Matti

Pasta Ritorna alla Norma

Price: Lunch $18 and dinner $22

Created by: The team

Description: Autumn harvest roasted veg with a blush of tomato and shaved ricotta salata

Available: Lunch and Dinner (Yaletown) and Dinner only (Westend), also available for takeout.

Robba Da Matti

1127 Mainland Street, Vancouver

Phone:

Web: http://www.robbadamatti.com/

Twitter: @Robba_daMatti

Instagram: @robba_damatti

And

Robba Da Matti

1906 Haro Street, Vancouver

Phone: 604-423-3553

Twitter: @Robba_daMatti

Instagram: @robba_damatti

Orto Artisan Pasta

Fall in Newfoundland

Price: $32

Created by: The team

Description: crab and lobster penne gratin, lobster bisque

Available: Lunch and Dinner, Tuesday – Saturday

Orto Artisan Pasta

1600 Mackay Rd, North Vancouver

Phone: (604) 929-0203

Web: http://ortoartisanpasta.com/

Instagram @ortoartisanpasta

Make sure you pick up one of the Pasta Challenge postcards available at each of the participating restaurants and keep a record of your favourites. Remember to Vote for your favourites from October 8-31 2020 https://vancouverfoodster.com/pasta-challenge/

Our Media judges for this challenge are:

Jacqueline Chui

Food and Travel Blogger

Twitter @jacquelinechui

Instagram @jacquelinechui

Rose Lin

Instagramer and Influencer

Instagram @with.rose.love

Yuki No

Blogger for Pekopekolife

Twitter: @Pekopekolife

Instagram: @pekopekolife