I went to PastaZio in Akasaka today. They just opened October 25 and is a new concept from Global-Dining, the company that runs La Boheme, Gonpachi, Monsoon, Zest and many other cool restaurants. PastaZio reminded me of Hashiya, one of my favorite pasta places in Yoyogi Hachiman. The concept is to make a high turn-over pasta shop designed like a ramen shop. A counter around a big vat of boiling water and chefs hustling pasta as if it were ramen. PastaZio was a bit more fashionable and the taste less Japanese than Hashiya. The volume of pasta was a bit less too I think. There wasn’t enough salt for my taste, but there was plenty of rock salt in a funny pump style salt dispenser at the table to fix that. If you only have 10 minutes for lunch and want some pasta, try PastaZio.

Disclosure: my business partner is on the board of Global Dining and he took me there today.

3 Comments so far

  1. D.L.A. (unregistered) on November 19th, 2004 @ 3:03 am

    In all my years here, I have never eaten at Hashiya. Hell, until today, I had no idea they strictly served pasta. Think I’ll hit the next Hashiya I see.

    Joi, what do you recommend from the Hashiya menu. If it starts with s and ends in d, with the letters ‘eafoo’ in between, forget about it.

  2. Joi Ito (unregistered) on November 21st, 2004 @ 11:35 am

    Ha. The seafood stuff is my favorite, but meatsauce, mushrooms, etc. are all good. Also, the salads are good. Again, I like the one with crab, but there is a good one with mushrooms.

  3. D.L.A. (unregistered) on November 21st, 2004 @ 4:21 pm

    Though I claim to be an omnivore, I am partial to meat products. I have been known to eat seafood, but only in a pinch. A pinch being my wife throwing a plate of fish in front of me and saying, “Oishii, yo.” and batting her eyes at me.

    How does one say no to that?

    Anyway, I’ll check out Hashiya next chance I get.

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