Vancouver 7th Annual Pasta Challenge

Welcome to the Vancouver Foodster Pasta Challenge. Restaurants and food trucks 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 7-31, 2021.

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.

How to VOTE :

  1. Look for our Pasta challenge posters in each of the participating restaurants and food truck.
  2. Scan the QR code and Vote for your favourites from October 7-31, 2021 

Get some friends together and make a day or night of it, visit 2 places or more to taste the different pasta creations or go solo or with a friend– just remember to VOTE for your favourites between October 7-31, 2021.

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

Robba da Matti

Tagliatelle ai funghi e salsiccia

Price: $26

Created by: The team

Description: A creamy mixed mushroom pasta with Italian fennel sausages

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

Robba Da Matti

1127 Mainland Street, Vancouver

Phone: (604) 558-1174


Twitter: @Robba_daMatti

Instagram: @robba_damatti


Robba Da Matti

1906 Haro Street, Vancouver

Phone: 604-423-3553

Twitter: @Robba_daMatti

Instagram: @robba_damatti

Artusi Restaurant

Gnocchi Nduja & Burrata al Mare

Price: $24

Created by: Chef Delbert Cirfera

Description: Artusi’s delicate handmade Gnocchi is made fresh, and with love – flavoursome and luxurious, they are perfect for dishes full of rich ingredients. Nduja (spicy Italian salami) and Burrata are the most iconic foods of Southern Italy, shared by the provinces of Calabria and Puglia. The spiciness and saltiness of Nduja are perfect to marry with the fresh milk taste of Burrata. Giant white prawns and tender baby scallops add sweet and rich flavour and texture. Every bite is layered with decadent texures and beautiful flavours, with just enough spice to make you mouth water for more!

Available: Wednesday – Sunday for dinner for dine-in.

Also available all the time for takeout or Ubereats delivery

Artusi Restaurant

412 6th Street, New Westminster

Tel: (604) 553-9922


Twitter: @ArtusiNewWest

Instagram @artusirestaurant

In Vacanza Pastaficio Food Truck

Spaghetti con crema di broccolo romanesco e guanciale

Price: $22

Created by: Eryn MacKenzie

Description: Tender romanesco pan fried with crispy smoked and cured pork jowl, tossed with chilis in a pecorino, black pepper and cream sauce.

Available: Wednesday – Friday 5-pm – 9pm.; Saturday & Sunday 3pm-9 p.m.

Takeout and delivery details: Takeaway or dine in at one of our neighbouring distilleries. Available for delivery on Doordash.

In Vacanza Pastaficio Food Truck

1450 Rupert St, (back), North Vancouver

Telelphone:  (236) 330-9696


Instagram @invacanzapasta

Our Media judges for this challenge are:

AJ Yao

Instagrammer & Influencer

Instagram @yvrhomecook

Rose Lin

Instagrammer and Influencer


Shelley Hayashi

Influencer/Concierge Les Clefs d’Or Concierge

Twitter: @shelleyhayashi

Instagram: @shelleyhayashi

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