Pasta Challenge Winners 2022

The Vancouver Foodster Pasta Challenge  was a success featuring creations from restaurants around greater Vancouver. Each restaurant featured their Pasta creation from October 6-30, 2022. Our media judging panel determined the ultimate winners of the challenge, and this was quite the task as each judge who tasted each creation with a rigorous process based on taste, originality/uniqueness and presentation/appearance.

The Winners are:

1st Place:

{102 points}

Robba Da Matti (Yaletown)

Paccheri alla Laura

Price $28

Created by: Laura

Description: Paccheri pasta with chopped tiger prawns in a white wine, garlic, cherry tomatoes & herbs sauce. 

Offered: Lunch and Dinner

Available: for dine-in & Take-out

Robba Da Matti

1127 Mainland Street, Vancouver

Phone:(604) 558-1174


Twitter: @Robba_daMatti

Instagram: @robba_damatti

2nd Place:

{99 points}

Lift Bar and Grill

Mare E Monti Cannelloni

Price: $45

Created by: Chris Andraza, Ross Macleod, Kelvin Julia

Description: A play on Surf and Turf (Mare E Monti), Handmade braised short rib cannelloni, butter poached lobster tail, blistered tomatoes, lobster velouté, flat leaf parsley

Offered: Dinner menu nightly

Available: for dine-in only

Lift Bar & Grill

333 Menchion Mews, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 689-5438


Instagram @liftbarandgrill

3rd Place (tie):

{97 points}

C Prime Modern Italian Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Fettuccine Fungi

Price: $26

Created by: Chef Behshad Zolnasr

Description: House made Fettuccine with foraged mushrooms and winter herbs

Offered: Daily for lunch and dinner

Available: Dine-in only.

C Prime Modern Italian Steakhouse & Wine Bar

1015 Burrard Street

Tel: 604-684-3474


Robba Da Matti (GASTOWN)

Ravioli di Rahul

Price: $32

Created by: Rahul

Description: Lobster & Crab ravioli with a heavy cream Pecorino Romano sauce, infused basil oil & tomato caviar. 

Offerd: lunch and dinner daily

Available for dine-in & Take-out

Robba Da Matti

112 Powell Street, Vancouver


Twitter: @Robba_daMatti

Instagram: @robba_damatti

In the People’s Choice Awards category, the public who tried the Pasta creations were the ones who had the opportunity to cast their vote throughout the challenge.

The Winners are:

1st Place People’s Choice:

Nellos Restaurant

Cefalopodi Pasta Verde

Price: $24

Created by: Head Chef Adam Foster

Description: A squid ink pasta tossed in a thai basil pesto cream sauce and blistered gem tomato; served with prawns and topped with toasted pine nut and grated parmesan cheese.

Offered: Thursday – Sunday 5-10pm

Available: for takeout and dine-in

Nellos Restaurant

925 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam

Tel: (604) 777-0300


Instagram @restaurantnellos

2nd Place People’s Choice:

Casereccio Foods

Under the Sea

Price $26

Created by: the team

Description: Squid ink ravioli, local dungeness crab, roasted cherry tomato emulsion, micro greens

Offered: Lunch and Dinner daily

Available: for dine-in only

Casereccio Foods

2480 Vine Street, Vancouver

Tel:(604) 734-4440


Instagram @casereccio_foods

3rd Place People’s Choice:

Robba Da Matti (KITSILANO)

Fusili with Mushroom Melange

Price: $30

Created by: Dolly

Description: Fusilli with mushroom melange in creamy truffle sauce topped with shaved pecorino Romano cheese.

Offered: Lunch and dinner daily

Robba da Matti

1898 West 1st Avenue, Vancovuer

Tel: (604) 428-1565


Twitter: @Robba_daMatti

Instagram: @robba_damatti

Our Media judges for this challenge were:  Maggi Mei, Jacqueline Chui and Emma Clark.

Each media judge will have scored the creation with a maximum of 40 points as follows: Overall Taste 20 points, Originality and Uniqueness 10 points, Presentation and Appearance 10 points). The total number of points a pasta creation could earn is 120 points.

Thank you to the chefs and restaurants that accepted my invitation and featured their pasta on the menu for the past few weeks during this challenge.

I encourage you to visit the winning restaurants to try their pasta creations! See the entries here.

By: Richard Wolak