Queen’s Pasta is a quaint little restaurant, nestled in Bloor West Village just minutes away from High Park.
Staff are wonderfully loyal towards the chefs as they speak highly of the food produced at Queen’s Pasta. What’s more endearing is when the homemade Sri Lankan dishes which the chefs produce for wait staff is notoriously the best-kept secret in the QP kitchen- and only for VIP of course.
That being said, I frequent the Queen’s Pasta Takeout often because they offer a wide variety of fresh pastas made at the Queen’s Pasta factory, and their basic sauces at a fraction of the price and I can make it at home with whatever ingredients or secret spices I choose.
One of the great things about QP takeout is the huge variety of pastas that they carry. Besides fresh and frozen options, there are two large chalkboards on the walls listing all the fillings, shapes, flavours and sizes to choose from. The sauces are around $5 depending on how large of a container you get and the pasta can range anywhere from $3.99/kg- $7.99+/kg pending on fresh or frozen and the fillings (lobster, fish, goat cheese are some of the high-end fillings).
As a suggestion from my experience, anything with the butternut squash filling is a huge hit such as the Stripe Butternut Squash Agnolotti: pirogi sized pasta with black squid ink and sun dried tomatoes filled with butternut squash. Top it off with some Rose Sauce and you have a perfect meal. For lighter alternatives, I recommend the spinach and egg angel hair pasta or the sweet red pepper pasta (cut to the size of your choosing). QP Takeout also sells reasonably priced frozen entrees (meat or cheese cannelloni and lasagna) in single, four, or party sized portions.
On Wednesday I used QP fresh tricolour rigatoni (regular, spinach & sun-dried tomatoes), with the QP fresh pesto and made a summery pasta salad with fresh parmigiano (also available at QP Takeout), corn, grilled zucchini and red pepper, topped off with some grilled pork. It was a perfect meal for a warm day in sun (and a great leftover for lunch!)
If you’re ever in the BWV and hankering for some fresh pasta to take home and cook up, check out Queen’s Pasta Takeout at Windemere and Bloor, or taste test the restaurant just across the street!