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FYI SOUTH Magazine, October 2007.

 

Great Italian Eateries

Grandma Pasta House

Grandma Pasta House

 

Grandma Pasta House

31, MinCyuan St, SinSing District, Kaohsiung City; (07) 226-9636
Hours: 11:30 am-2:30 pm, 5:30-9:30 pm (closed Monday)
Credit cards not accepted.
No service charge.

If, on a name card, a restaurateur designates himself as a "Cuisine Designer" you would hope that he could live up to such self-promotion. For the amicable owner of Grandma Pasta House, who creates visually appealing, innovative dishes, the title suits him well. While on various short-term excursions in Europe over the years, under the tutelage of local gourmet enthusiasts, Mr. Liu acquired a taste for authentic cooking and was inspired to return to Taiwan to incorporate his newfound expertise into his restaurant. After eight years of experimenting with over 500 dishes, he has arrived at several savory selections. Recommended dishes include the Penne with Apple, Octopus & Chili-Meat Sauce for NT$250; Penne with Shrimp and Shrimp Sauce (NT$200); and Spaghetti with Beef and Chili-Tuna Tomato Sauce (NT$250). As an appetizer, he suggests the NT$50 Special Meatballs. All entrees range from NT$160 to NT$250, and set meals are also available. With a welcoming atmosphere, comfortable seating for about 50 guests and a creative array of dishes, this establishment showcases the attributes of this "Cuisine Designer." --By Michael Brown and Pei Ling Wu, translated by Ann Lee, photos by Michael Brown

Grandma Pasta House

 

Cucina Pasta

 

Cucina Pasta

97, MinSiang St, SinShing District, Kaohsiung City; (07) 281-6869
Hours: 11:30 am-2 pm, 5:30-9 pm
Reservations Mon-Fri only.
Credit cards not accepted.
10% service charge.
English and Chinese menu..

Located near Sinkuchan Shopping Center, the fashion hub of Kaohsiung, Cucina Pasta is popular for its fantastic food and inexpensive prices. You'll love the soft lighting and the smooth ambiance. Cucina has over 30 traditional Italian items to choose from, and all can be paired with spaghetti and penne. If you bring your friends, the Tomato Garlic Pizza (NT$120) is meant to be shared. If you want to treat yourself, the distinguished Garlic Seafood with Dry Black Pasta (NT$160) is a fascinating main course. The Double Caesar Salad, covered with fresh vegetables, and Bacon Chicken (NT$150), are also a great alternatives. In addition to a variety of risottos and delicate desserts, there is also a delicious Soup of the Day. --By David Chao, translated by Ann Lee, photos by Jimmy Kang

Cucina Pasta Cucina Pasta

 

義窩子義大利麵

義窩子義大利麵

義窩子義大利麵 Seafood Garlic Spaghetti
(NT$185) is refreshing and
aromatic. It's a good choice
for those who like a lighter
taste in pastas.

 

Full House

33, ShangYi St, LingYa District, Kaohsiung City; (07) 223-1313
Hours: 11:30 am-2:30 pm; 5:30-9:30 pm
No service charge.

The owner of Full House, A-Sheng, is very particular about the taste and quality of the pasta he serves, often creating new dishes or adding to menu choices to keep with what his customers want. Starting in August, there have been a few adjustments to dishes like the classic Beef Lasagna (NT$195), which is now smoother and less greasy. Other new menu items include Chinese-style Spaghetti, Pasta with Curry Sauce, and Kimchi (Korean-style marinated vegetables) Pork with Onions--the diverse variety at Full House is sure to satisfy all kinds of pasta lovers. When dining at Full House, you might notice that the majority of diners are regular customers, and most are from Japan and Hong Kong. This stream of many devoted customers is a testament to how well-received and enjoyed Full House's past a really is. --By Monica Lin, translated by Ann Lee, photos by Jimmy Kang


Mamamia

Mamamia

Mamamia

417, LongDe Rd, GuShan District, 2F, Kaohsiung City
(07) 522-7300
Hours: weekdays 11 am-2 pm; weekend 11 am-12 am

After moving away from the hustle and bustle of ZhongChun Road in October last year, the Italian restaurant Mamamia is enjoying the spacious, relaxed atmosphere of northern Kaohsiung. After moving to the "country", the restaurant has spread out a bit and now boasts a three-story building with colorful, castle-like architecture. The owner, Amy, added personal touches all over, including the front door, where she created an iron gray entrance with red brick paths leading to the building. This pathway is sprinkled with a few heavy, wooden chairs. The casual decor makes the restaurant look like something out of the Italian countryside.

Apart from appetizers, salad, desserts and drinks, the second-floor restaurant serves a selection of diverse main courses; you can order anything from seafood to beef dishes. While flipping through the menu you will see that, apart from the main courses, about 50 percent of the items are pasta dishes like spaghetti. They also have pizza and au gratin selections. All of the pasta choices are very generously portioned and customers can choose between tomato and creamy, alfredo sauce as a topping. Most dishes are sprinkled with Italian vanilla leaf, giving the pasta not only a delicious flavor, but also an authentic touch. --By Shawn Ling, translated by Ann Lee, photos by Victoria Seto

Mamamia Mamamia

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