Vancouver 9th Annual Pasta Challenge

Welcome to the Vancouver 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 4-29, 2023

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
  2. Scan the QR code and Vote for your favourites from October 4-29, 2023 

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 4-29, 2023.

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

Vivace on the Drive

L’oceano Vivace

Price: $29

Created by: Chef Rory Byrne

Description: House made squid ink tagliolini with seared scallops and lemon butter foam with trout roe and chorizo. The design of the plate is intended to be the sea foam at the edge of the sea colliding with the land, the capers representing rocks on the side and the scallops and roe living inside the ocean.

Offered: Everyday from 3pm until close

Available: Dine in only

Vivace on the Drive

1728 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Tel: 604) 253-0888


Instagram @vivaceonthedrive

Robba da Matti (Yaletown)

Ricordo d’estate

Price: $35

Created by: Chef Laura

Description: spaghetti with pistachios pesto and clams, topped with murello burrata and tuna tartare.

Offered: everyday 5-9pm

Available: for takeout and dine-in

Robba Da Matti

1127 Mainland Street, Vancouver

Phone:(604) 558-1174


Instagram: @robba_damatti

Robba da Matti (Westend)

Ravioli di Zucca

Price: $30

Created by:  Chef Dolly

Description: Roasted Butternut Squash Ravioli with Creamy butternut squash, Sage, Walnut  and Brown Butter Sauce

Offered: Daily 5pm-9 pm

Available: for takeout and dine-in

Robba Da Matti

1906 Haro Street, Vancouver

Phone: 604-423-3553


Instagram: @robba_damatti

Robba da Matti (Kitsilano)


Price: $35

Created by: Chef Ann

Description: A squid ink pasta tossed in a chopped prawns sauce and blistered gem tomato; served with prawns and topped with toasted pistachio and burrata cheese.

Offered: Monday– Sunday 5-9pm

Available: for takeout and dine-in

Robba da Matti

1898 West 1st Avenue, Vancovuer

Tel: (604) 428-1565


Instagram: @robba_damatti

Robba da Matti (Gastown)


Price: $28

Created by:  Chef Rahul

Description: Homemade spaghetti with tomatoes, olives,capers,basil ,garlic and anchovies

Offered: lunch and dinner daily

Available for dine-in & Take-out

Robba Da Matti

112 Powell Street, Vancouver


Instagram: @robba_damatti

Broli Kitchen

Lobster Crab Spaghetti

Price: $38

Created by: Chef Zhuang Li

Description: lobster, crab meat with fresh tomato in a lobster butter sauce topped with micro basil and Grana Padano.

Offered: Tuesday – Sunday for lunch and dinner

Available: for dine-in

Broli Kitchen

186-8180 No 2 Rd, Richmond

Tel: (604) 271-0268


Instagram @brolikitchen

Our Media judges for this challenge are:

Emma Clark

Blogger and Instagrammer


Rick Green

Freelance writer for BC Brews and other publications

Twitter: @BCbrews

Instagram @b.c.beerblog .

Cheery Hayashi

Media Influencer

Instagram @chow_withcheery