August 9, 2006

La Capanna

1022 SW Morrison St
(503) 916-4388
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la capannaThe original Pasta Veloce location, which became La Terrazza, has reopened as La Capanna.

This tiny place with sidewalk and balcony seating has seen better days, but they still make pasta, panini and salads to order, serving the same dishes that PV and La Terrazza did. Prices are in the sevens for panini, $8-$9.50 for salad, and $6.75-$10 for pasta.

The lunch servings aren't bad: a pasta bowl fullish with a couple of pieces of grilled bread, quite attractive. And quite underwhelming. With the Pesto E Pollo, the chicken is dried out (nothing new there, unfortunately), and while the cream-pesto sauce is green, it's not terribly basilly. The artichoke hearts tasted freshly plucked from the can, with the brine still on the interior leaves. And, the pasta was gummy.

I don't want to claim that the original Pasta Veloce was incredible, because it wasn't. But sauces were simple and tasty.

Mind you, it's edible. But for $9.25, it should be a bit better than edible.

2 Comments

Bridger said:

I was never around for the original incarnation of this pasta place but about two years ago La Terrazza had some really cheap, decent noodles with sauce. Then, as you say, they raised the prices on everything by about two bucks, which ruined the place's alure for me. For simple pasta for a few dollars Pastini on NW 23rd is better. They have good beer on tap too.

Angelhair said:

Sounds like that place should be referred to as La Crapana.

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