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November 26, 2011

New York Times Travel Magazine: Pasta Jay’s is model Heidi Mount’s favorite restaurant in Moab

NY Times Style Magazine
Winter Travel Edition 2011

Food

Heidi Mount’s family’s favorite restaurant in Moab is Pasta Jay’s (4 South Main Street; 435-259-2900), which has huge salads and Italian-y entrees, perfect for carb loading before a day of hiking, biking, rafting or most likely all the activities available.

It was a misty May morning near Moab, Utah, and I was marveling at a rock: Fisher Towers, to be exact, an enormous hunk of rosy sandstone eroded over the centuries to resemble the fortress of a hermetic medieval wizard who happened to settle in southern Utah. I had pitched a tent in a campground ($12 a night) in the valley below with an outdoorsy friend. We slept next to the Colorado River. There was an outhouse, a Dumpster and a fire pit.

What had led me to this holiday? Perhaps it was Edward Abbey’s “Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness,” his 1968 account of being a park ranger in nearby Arches National Park, which chronicles the seasons he spent patrolling vast expanses of rock and shrub and having passive-aggressive dealings with various critters. Perhaps it was the idea of turning “luxury” on its head: I would wear only Tevas (purchased on Moab’s main street) and worn-out clothes with wicking; the chic local boutique would sell rocks; there would be no shower. Yet what wind and rain had conspired to create over the centuries — crazily beautiful friezes, surreal statuary, squint-and-you-could-be-in-the-Valley-of-the-Gods enormities, and arches galore — would make for a holiday of unreal privilege and glamour. For $12 a night.

And so it was. For two days we hiked through the Fiery Furnace (a reserve-early, permit-only rock maze/metropolis) and Canyonlands with its imposing Needles. Everywhere, everywhere, were jaw-dropping rocks: rocks that looked like wooden shoes, Knights of the Round Table, depressed nymphs, Babar and family. The scale and beauty of the landscape of southern Utah is so astonishing as to be almost oppressive, the way Renaissance paintings become too much to bear when visiting Florence. One seeks shelter after a time. We ate massive plates of eggs and pancakes at the Jailhouse Cafe, a carnation pink, picket-fenced, morning…

Read rest of article, and model Heidi Mount’s recommendations at New York Times Magazine.

Moab,Reviews

November 30, 2010

Pasta Jay’s, Moab

 

“We drove north for a short distance to the bustling city of Moab, Utah – centre for all things action from canyoning, rafting and rock climbing – I felt slothful watching all these people running and riding and being quite early were able to venture into Arches NP for a great afternoon.  I liked the effect of the afternoon light on the very red, remarkable rocks.  It was hard to comprehend that these features were made by water and winds.  I was able to take the usual 40 min trek to offset American food and enjoy the fresh air. 

To finish quite a relaxing day we enjoyed Italian take out from Pasta Jays which came recommended from guests at Valley of the Gods and certainly did not disappoint.”

– Sue Hurrell
    http://travelfoodart.blogspot.com

awards and honors,news,Reviews

November 27, 2010

CU & Boulder’s Best 2010: Pasta Jay’s: Best Italian Restaurant”

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When it comes to picking a best in Boulder, zero beats going loyal to a source.

That’s given instead of revelation you, a readers, that businesses, events and people we consider rate highest, we asked those of we who live, emporium and spend your days here to import in — and tell your peers what’s tops in Boulder.

It’s not rocket science, though it works, and it’s given we keep opening behind to that regulation year after year, polling a Colorado Daily’s constant readers to find out they adore about Boulder.

Whether it’s picking a tip internal song act, determining on a best place to buy new tires or reckoning out who creates a best Italian food in town, we figure  readers have got Boulder covered.

So greatfully take a moment to flip by these pages to see customarily what your associate Colorado Daily readers consider rates as CU Boulder’s Best 2010.

And for those of we who voted: Thanks, as always, for your submit — we couldn’t do this though you

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BEST ITALIAN

Pasta Jay’s
1001 Pearl St.
303-444-5800
pastajays.com

Pasta Jay’s has been providing Boulder with luscious Italian food for a past dual decades.

The downtown grill is a fun place to relax and hang out with friends and family — and eat some good Italian food.

Some tip entrees during Pasta Jay’s embody a homemade manicotti and ravioli, and Chicken Parmesan. The grill offers nightly specials that operation from Monday’s World Famous Spaghetti Night to Wednesday’s Lasagna Night.

Pasta Jay’s also serves adult appetizing pizzas like Jay’s Roman Orgy. Plus, these prices won’t make we bankrupt.

And, don’t forget about dessert: The Italian grill facilities Tiramisu, a Lemencello Tartuffo and a Grasshopper Pie.

Yum!

RUNNER-UP:
Il Pastaio
3075B Arapahoe Ave.
303-447-9572
ilpastaioboulder.com

Read all of the 2010 Best of Boulder here.