What we had
Dining in the kingdom of carbs!
Walking into The Pasta Factory at Galle Fort, we were welcomed by the rustic interior adorned with vibrant lanterns, pictures and souvenirs; with soft Italian tunes playing in the background. Adding to the simple yet aesthetic environment are the friendly faces and smiles of the employees behind the counter – now, this is where the magic happens.
My favourite aspect of The Pasta Factory would unquestionably be the customer service. The lovely lady Paola who owns this charming eatery personally engages with her customers and provides many insights on the dishes, drinks and the way of life in Italy. We left this bistro feeling extremely satisfied and enlightened, making it the highlight of our day in Galle.
Additionally, with the intricacy that goes into the making of these dishes, we expected the staff to take some time preparing our long order. However, we were pleasantly surprised when the dishes started arriving within 15 minutes! Fast and quality service happens to be The Pasta Factory’s main forte, and for that we applaud them.
Cream Cookies – LKR 650
Starting off with the Cream Cookies, we were quite impressed with how The Pasta Factory got their consistency right! This drink was not too heavy on the stomach, including just the right amount of thick, creamy milk. Topped off with an Oreo cookie, fresh cream and laced with rich chocolate sauce, we enjoyed this drink a lot.
Caramel Ice Coffee – LKR 600
Italians take their coffee very seriously, so we decided to go with a Caramel Ice Coffee. Similar to the Cream Cookies, this drink was topped off with fresh cream and laced with thick caramel syrup. Flavour-wise, this drink was rich in coffee which provided a punch of caffeine; veiled with the sweet and buttery caramel.
Water Melon – LKR 500
Have you guys noticed the heat these days!? With a desperate need to quench our thirst this hot afternoon, we opted for a cooling watermelon fresh juice. 500 bucks is a little pricey for a fruit juice in my opinion, however, it was freshly made with no added preservatives/flavour. Paola made sure we knew that they don’t add any sugar/sweetener as well, which we appreciated since the flavour in most juices are overpowered with artificial sweetness.
Lime & Soda – LKR 550
After the sweet drinks, I found myself craving for something tangy and bubbly; so we tried the Lime and Soda. Arriving to our table with a side of sugar syrup, there was nothing exceptional about this drink other than the fact that it had a significant flavour of lime.
Caprese – LKR 950
The presentation of dishes at The Pasta Factory are spectacular! This dish comprised of discs of mozzarella cheese and tomato slices – topped with olive oil, salt, oregano and basil leaves for garnish. The cheese was thick and had texture to it; combined with tomato that cut through the chunkiness of the cheese.
Bruschetta al Pomodoro e Mozzarella – LKR 950
Bruschetta is an antipasto from Italy that consists of grilled bread rubbed with garlic and topped with olive oil and salt. The grilled bread consisted of a generous amount of tomato and mozzarella cheese, adding texture and balancing the smoky, garlic zest in the bread.
Tagliatelle alla Marinara – LKR 1750
The Pasta Factory specializes in hand made pasta, serving nothing short of fresh delectable pasta dishes. Although a little pricey for one dish, this item is worth the buck! The Marinara dish consists of handmade fettucine pasta, filled with succulent prawns, mushrooms, fish and crab! This colourful dish was enough to satisfy the hunger of two people! Quantity, quality and money worthy, we’ll be going back for more!
Ravioli di Ricotta e Spinachi al Burro e Salvia – LKR 1450
Originating as a traditional Italian dish, the Spinach Ricotta Ravioli are a type of dumpling that consists of a generous filling of fine spinach, ricotta and parmesan cheese. The Spinach Ricotta Ravioli was presented well and was incredibly filling. This dish was also topped off with sage leaves that emanated a pine-like flavour and aroma. The Pasta Factory has a variety of vegetarian dishes as much as meat dishes, to equally cater to their different types of customers.
Lasagne Tradizionale – LKR 1350
As a firm lover of lasagne and Italian cuisine, this dish hit home! Consisting of 7 layers of pasta sheets, lathered in Bolognese sauce, the Lasagne at The Pasta Factory is among the best lasagne dishes I’ve tried in Sri Lanka. An interesting feature of this cafe is that their dishes stay true to their orginal savour and aroma, without changing in flavour to suit the majority (which would be the spice-loving locale). Packed with delicious minced chicken and parmesan, this dish was well baked! Cutting through the lasagne, the corners were crispy with a soft, spongy centre. Definitely worth trying!
Fritto Misto di Pesce con Julienne di Verdure – LKR 1800
For 1800 bucks, The Pasta Factory puts together an enormous portion of mixed seafood including moist, tender prawn and fish meat. Laid on a bed of lettuce with lime for zest, the batter fried fish comprised of a golden brown, mixed with fresh, crunchy, fried potato crisps. This is the ideal platter to share with your friends or family, over a chilled beer on a Sunday afternoon.
Cheese & Yogurt Cake – LKR 700
The Cheesecake at The Pasta Factory consists of a moist cream cheese and yoghurt filling, topped with freshly imported blueberries and blueberry coulis, on a base of bread and coffee crumble. This dish was well presented; adorned with slices of strawberry and dollops of coulis. The Cheesecake is sweet, creamy and flavourful; with many flavours ranging from the sweetness of the cheesecake mixed with acidity from the strawberries.
Tiramisu – LKR 700
The Tiramisu is a coffee-flavoured Italian dessert; made of ladyfingers dipped in coffee, layered with a whipped mixture of sugar and mascarpone cheese. The owner Paola made it very clear to us that she does not use eggs in the making off this item, since many customers have concerns of consuming raw egg that could easily go bad. Even without the eggs, we found that the flavour, texture and density of the Tiramisu were nothing short of excellent.
The Tiramisu was presented in a glass, with layers of ladyfingers topped off with fresh cream and powdered coffee. This dessert was extremely soft and smooth, easily sliding down our throats after our heft meal. The elements in this item blend extremely well, giving off a slight but significant hint of coffee with each spoonful.
Crêpes – LKR 650
Concluding our gastronomic experience down Galle Fort, the final item on our list were the oozing Nutella Crêpes. This item consisted of two chocolate filled crêpes with fresh cream and a dash off powdered sugar on top. The crêpes were warm and soft, bursting with creamy, melted Nutella chocolate. The fresh cream helped douse the intensity of the chocolate, and we couldn’t help but force ourselves to stuff our faces with this final item.
All in all, our experience at The Pasta Factory was excellent! We experienced outstanding ambience, customer service, food and delivery; making it one of our go-to spots in Galle! The portions sizes are well worth your money, and you can even drop by with some beers for no corkage fee whatsoever! We will definitely make a second trip back to this charismatic café.
Tip: Try EVERYTHING! If you’re looking for something more specific, the Lasagne and Tagliatelle alla Marinara count as exceptional dishes.