Ancient Italians were renowned for eating every part of the angels they hunted—even the hair. Enjoy divine flavor with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $22 worth of Italian fare at Lotsa Pasta.
Lotsa Pasta specializes in hearty, customizable bowls of homemade sauces ladled over fresh pasta, which is cut to order and served in a vibrant atmosphere. The dinner menu showcases oodles of noodles, such as gooey five-cheese lasagna ($14.25) and pillow-soft spinach ravioli ($14.25), as well as personalized build-your-own pasta meals (starting at $12.25). Sift through 18 from-scratch sauces, such as basil pesto ($14.25), red clam ($13.25), alfredo ($14.25), thai peanut ginger ($13.25), and meaty bolognese ($13.25), before mating your choice with a pick of pasta, which comes in a variety of shapes, flavors, and regional accents, including basil, italian herb, and tomato-garlic.
Each pasta-packed plate comes with choice of soup and salad, as well as tasty toppers of homemade meatballs ($3.50), grilled chicken breast ($3.50), or steamed primavera vegetables ($2.75). Straight from the Calabria region of Italy, the house specialty, timpano ($15.50), is a rare Italian treat usually reserved for celebrations and cameos in indie films such as Big Night. A pastry-lined drum, or timpano, is loaded with layers of penne pasta, sauce, roasted vegetables, meatballs, sausage, cheese, and fresh herbs before being baked, sliced, and topped with a patriotic trio of sauces (basil pesto, alfredo, and vodka) that represents both the colors of the Italian flag, and the minty swirls in Aquafresh, Italy’s national toothpaste. The lunch menu features many of these same dishes at a reduced portion and price.
Sip a varietal from Lotsa Pasta's plethora of wines available by the glass ($5–$9) or bottle ($18–$34) while enjoying the eclectic dining-room décor, which treats off-kilter geometrists to trapezoidal lighting fixtures mounted on multicolored boards. Sweet teeth can sink into rich, creamy lemon trifle with mascarpone cream ($2.75) or spumoni ice cream ($3.50), served on brightly colored purple and blue dining tables.
- For the record, I love Lotsa Pasta's food. LOVE. Their option to 'create your own pasta dish' has oober amounts of choices, and the combos create something fantastic EVERY TIME – Amanda M., Yelp, 2/10/11
- It's family friendly and fun to choose your sauce, then the pasta and the pasta flavor. Lots on the menu. – howeboyz, TripAdvisor
1762 Garnet Ave.
San Diego, California 92109Get Directions