Pasta Mania @ Gurney Plaza, Penang

One of the new outlets in Gurney Plaza is Pasta Mania. Located on the same floor as the cinema, Pasta Mania is where the old CD shop used to be, just outside the gym. Pasta Mania also has another outlet in Pavillion next to J.Co Donuts (which was why it looked familiar to me in the first place!)

Pasta Mania

Pasta Mania offers quite a variety of pastas and pizzas and even includes bake rice. After browsing through the menu, we made our way to the self service counter to order. They have the different types of pasta (spaghetti, linguini, farfalle etc) lined up in front of the counter for you to choose. I spotted the Spicy Portobello Pasta (RM13.90) and immediately decided I wanted that simply because I loooooove mushrooms!

Spicy Portobello Pasta

The verdict? It was spicy alright!! Too spicy for me. In fact it was so spicy that it sorta numbed my taste buds and I couldn’t really taste the dish. The portobello mushrooms were lovely but I thought they could have given more.

Pasta Mania currently offers free minestrone soup and garlic bread for each main meal ordered, but you have to claim it with one of their promotional flyers. We didn’t have them but the waiter gave it to us.

Minestrone soup

I didn’t try the Minestrone Soup but my brother told me not to bother as it tasted like the diluted version of Kim Gary’s Borsch soup. The garlic bread thankfully tasted much better.

Garlic Bread

Pasta Mania’s pizzas are available in 3 sizes and we ordered the 7 inch Meat Lover pizza (RM14.90) which is slightly bigger than Pizza Hut’s small pizza.

Meat Lover pizza

The pizza was much better than the portobello pasta. And the pizza base is not bad either. Rather on the crispy side but not overly thin, plus, they were quite generous with the toppings.

Next up came dessert…the ever popular Tiramisu (RM6)

Pasta Maniaโ€™s Tiramisu

The Tiramisu here comes in a chilled cup. Rather small for RM6. Taste wise, it was not bad but I must say that I did not quite like the bits of nuts they put into it. My ultimate favourite Tiramisu of all time is still the one found at Bella Italia!

I did like this Lime Juice we ordered…

Lime Juice

All in all, the bill came up to Rm43.68 (which includes all of the above and another ice lemon tea) I would say that the food here isn’t great, but it’s not bad either. They do have a lot of other types of pastas and pizzas and I wouldn’t mind coming back here again to try more of what they have to offer.

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  1. it taste bad….but I want pasta…bad bad lingzie..I have alot of mushrooms in the frige but no pasta….I do have flour …..nah too lazy….

  2. corsaro – an easier alternative will be to call delivery service!

    adrian – if you stop coming then my blog will be very lonely wor… ๐Ÿ˜›

    nktob – honestly this place is ok ok only.

    jlshyang & big boys oven – thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Hi. I went to the shop and ordered the pasta. Very dissapointed with the taste of the pasta. Wasn’t good at all. The only thing I liked was the garlic bread. Didn’t try the pizza though.

    I’ve linked your blog to mine ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. The Creamy Chicken pasta was a killer and the mushroom soup is out of this world, at least at the Pavillion branch, haven’t tried the penang version.

  5. hello lingzie,thanks for introducing alot of delicious food in penang.pasta mania i still havent try before because everytime i went to gurney it was so many choices to choose.i have try pastasia food which located at basement the food not bad.Maybe next time u can go and have a try.Thru the picture of pasta mania tiramisu i feel pastasia tiramisu is more yummy.

  6. is very angry right now!!
    i order hawaiian pizza(10 piece) at 15/12
    and i receive my delivery jz nw..WTh!!!
    tat pizza is in a mess and thr r only 8 pieces!!
    totally speechless

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