All in all, Pasta Inc. is a carryout you should look into, but plan to spend a lot of money once you get past looking. Everything is tempting and pretty, but some things are pretty expensive. For instance, pasta -- fresh and homemade in the window to reinforce that fact -- range in price from $2.69 to $6 per pound for plain, tomato and spinach noodles, ravioli or tortellini.
The salads were tasted (they range in price from $5 to $12.25 per pound) were set off by four sauces -- vinaigrette, cream, sesame oil and curry. The sauces were generally spicy and in most instances the vegetables fresh, crunchy and full of summer flavor. Not to be missed is the curried chicken salad -- tart and oriental-tasting, with large lumps of chicken, accented by a yogurt and curry sauce and a light touch of lemon. There were a few problems. yThe tortellini in the Hong Kong salad was dull and undercooked; the chicken in the chicken primavera was hard to find; the cauliflower in the broccoli and cauliflower salad was soggy and the sauce was bland.
The deep dish sausage lasagne, with the soft consistency of homemade rather than boxed noodles, was loaded with ricotta and plenty of meat. It was good, but not as spicy as they tell you. The pasta was delicate and light in the crabmeat cannelloni, and the crabmeat was plentiful. The sauce, however, was a little gluey. Try the prosciutta wrapped in mozzarella, which is freshly made on the premises -- it is a handsome pinwheel of smokey prosciutto in generous proportion to the delicate cheese.
There is also a wide variety of sauces (pesto, nutmeg, tomato, matriciana and meat) to take home and eat with the homemade pasta. Along a long wall is a varied supply of red and white. French, Spanish and Italian wines. If you need a bread basket you might want to look here; they hang from the walls and ceilings and are stacked from the floor. Open 10 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Mon. through Sat. Closed Sun. Moderate to expensive.