Review – Pasta Loco, Cotham Hill


With all hype in recent months, and having to drool over the delicious looking photos on social media, I decided it was time to give Pasta Loco on Cotham Hill a try.  We visited on a Tuesday evening, the weekends were booked up for weeks ahead, this place is extremely popular and it became very obvious to us why.

The menu has some really tempting options and all things I love, I had a job deciding.  Eventually, I chose the Beetroot carpaccio with celeriac remoulade, soft boiled egg and Stilton (£6.00) A very pretty dish to look at and it tasted just as good.  The beetroot had a sweet and earthy flavour which was complimented well with the stilton and creamy remoulade.  In my opinion, any dish can be perfected with a soft-boiled egg being placed on top, and this was no exception.  Everything worked well together and I really enjoyed my starter.


My beetroot starter
My beetroot starter


My husband’s starter was Pastrami, barley and corn Risotto with bread sauce and cornichon.  (£6.00) It was not as pretty as mine but he said it was just as delicious and he really enjoyed it.


my husbands starter was not as pretty as mine, but was really delicious!
My husbands starter was not as pretty as mine, but was really delicious!


My main was Pappardelle, pheasant, pancetta and porcini braise. (£14.00) It came with a “small bone and buckshot warning” as the pheasant was shot that day and delivered straight to the restaurant.  Now you can’t get fresher than that! The pasta was cooked perfectly, it had a rich sauce that went brilliantly with the pheasant.  My only disappointment was that I didn’t find a buckshot in my pheasant!             





My husband decided on the Bucatini with n’duja, Milano with salami, tomatoes and mascarpone. (£11.50) A good dish for him as he doesn’t like what he would call “fussy food” and it was quite a large portion too.  It had a rich tomato sauce and chunks of salami sausage.




Being the greedy pair that we are, we HAD to have dessert.  I went for the Lemon and almond polenta cake, cardamom ice cream with gin and lemon curd (£6.00) The cake was soft and delicate and the Gin curd was just incredible. A really beautiful dessert




My husband decided on the chocolate delice, espresso and rum panna cotta with salted caramel. (£6.50) it was everything you want from a dessert, smooth rich chocolate and lots of it!  The panna cotta worked very well with it, he really enjoyed the combination of coffee and rum.





Overall this was a great place to visit for a dinner date, I would highly recommend any pasta lovers in Bristol to give it a whirl!

Pasta Loco











  • Authentic Ingredients
  • Great service
  • Good portion sizes


  • Small venue
  • difficult to park