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“Pasta” refers to an Italian dish made by adding water to flour and boiling dough in salted water. Pasta, which has been regarded as a staple food by Italians for so long that there is a record of eating lasagna from around the 1st century BC, began to be known all over various countries through Italian immigrants at the end of the 19th century, and today it is loved by people all over the world. Pasta is divided into hundreds of types according to the texture, length, width, and shape of the noodles, such as the long and thin spaghetti that we are used to, tagliatelle that is as wide as a knife noodle, a tube-shaped penne with an oblique tip, and ravioli filled with meat and vegetables. Expectations for taste are also rising in Korea as food eaten on special days to food enjoyed in everyday life. In addition to the types of noodles, a diverse world of cuisines unfolds, from unique pastas you try for the first time, to authentic pasta that recreates the local flavors of Italy, with a variety of flavors depending on the sauce and ingredients in it.

Pasta restaurants include Itaewon Maremma, Apgujeong Mongone, Itaewon IL CHIASSO, Apgujeong Tok Tok, Haebangchon Cucholo, Seongsu Packi, Sangam Trattoria Malto, Hannam-dong Osteria Orjo, Hannam-dong Pasta Fresca, Yeonnam-dong Al Choc, Dosan Park Grano, Dosan Park Volpino, Seorae Village Dourroom, Dosan Park The Kitchen Salvatore Cuomo, Dosan Park Elomino, Cheongdam Terra13, Euljiro No, Garosu-gil Ilmuretto, Cheongdam-dong Titolo, Samcheong-dong Italy Jae, Haebangchon Oriole, Namdaemun Millennium Hilton Seoul Il Ponte, Seongsu Boyer, Ikseon-dong no signboard shop, Cheongdam Pasto, Seorae Village Restaurant, Garosu-gil Attraction Italy, Bangbae Pasta Popo, Songpa Songridan-gil Kome, Hannam-dong Orjo After-8, Seorae Village Bollare, Dosan Park Lazy Cuore, Cheongdam, Darobe Seocho TAVERN38, Seorae Village Re Jiu, Dosan Park Bespoke 420, Dosan Park Test Kitchen, Seochon Enoteca Chinchin, Hapjeong Camilo Lazaneria, Seochon Casa Di Chef, Itaewon Itain, Samcheong-dong Tereno, Cheongdam-dong Kucholo Terrazza, Seorae Village Tombola, Kondae Dawon Restaurant, Euljiro, Yeonhui-dong Enoteca Auto, Yeonnam-dong Yunsung Yong Restaurant, Seochon Bistro Chinchin, Yeonnam-dong Gamcheok, Yeonnam-dong Gwanghwamun Pommodo Road, Cheongdam-dong Mipiace, Cheongdam-dong Bonasera, Hongdae Sangsu Trattoria Chao, Hannam-dong La Sandok Osteria, Hannam-dong Omanjia, Seorae Village La Ciette, Seoul National University Sharosu-gil Mohing, Seorae Village La Mora Restaurant, Hapjeong Panello, Itaewon Chef Yoon Hyun-chan's Hard to Forget, Hapjeong Centopercento, Cheongdam Epanu, Cheongdam Seogoro, Cheongdam 10 Corscomo Park Jae, Dosan Park Passione, Dosan Park Ramitier, Sinsa-dong Hongshin Assault, Dosan Park Coemo, Apgujeong Cucina, Apgujeong Cheese Room, Cheongdam Oasis, Songpa Elise Little Italy, Songpa VABENE, Songpa Seegemjour, Eunpyeong Trattoria Piu, Seorae Village Yoon, Chungmuro Pasta Market, Cheongdam-dong Ristorante Eo, Dosan Park Gardner Adria, Apgujeong Osteria, Apgujeong Osteria, Docosan Park Mountain Park Melting Shop, Namsan Pestabai Min-gu, Gyeongridan-gil Bistecca, Hannam-dong Second Kitchen, Seochon Duomo, Namsan Engill, Namsan Harvest Namsan, Gyeongridan-gil Toreen, Seochon Cadelupo, Noksapyeong Trevia, Itaewon Classic House, Paolo de Maria in Buam-dong, Gwanghwamun Boccarino, Seochon Gastroton, Euljiro Grand Blue, Seochon Galina Daisy, Seochon Oliva Garden, Hapjeong Osteria, Mangwon-dong Brussels Seogyo, Myeong-dong ROOM201, Myeongdong Vicolo, Yeonnam-dong Sea Pasta, Hannam-dong Royal Mansion, Kondae Ronilotti, Mangwon Cobra Pasta Club, Buam-dong Stone Hill, Gwangjang-dong Vista Walkerhill Seoul Delvino, Hannam-dong Yoon Se-young Restaurant, Hongdae ALLATORRE, Sinchon Ragu Restaurant, Hannam-dong Gnocchi Bar, Geumho-dong Gourmet, Seongsu Osteria Jeani, Yeonnam-dong Baratier, Yeonnam-dong Mowdy, Sinchon Whale Pasta, Gunja Amuni, Sinchon Whale Pasta, Gunja Amuni, Sinchon Whale Pasta, Gunja Amuni, Sinchon Whale Pasta, Gunja Ami, Hapjeong, Cheongpa Cheongdam Bottegaro, Cheongdam Scopa The Chef, Cheongdam Fairing Room, Cheongdam Gadilok, Apgujeong Spark, Cheongdam Muoki, Cheongdam Choidot, Cheongdam Solay, Cheongdam Bene2010, Cheongdam Restaurant Oh Sedeuk, Apgujeong The Green Table, Cheongdam Luca 511, Cheongdam Willot, Dosan Park Grand Ciel, Sangsu Yoon Smilbang, Yeouido Ola, Garosu-gil Table Star, Yang Jae-do Dok-do Star Chef, Dogok Isubu, Dogok is delicious Italian, Daechi-dong Grand Gusto, Bangbae Table Popo, Bangbae Flowerchild, Yeoksam Giannis Napoli, Jamsil Vintage 1981, Seorae Village Bistro, Nonhyeon Ichi, Banpo Dining Bar Ians, Gyeongridan-gil Jang Jin-woo Restaurant, Songli Dan-gil Raban Rose, Bangbae Wildflower, Uiwang Baiyun Lake Ola, Bundang Seo-hyeon Don Pasta, Ilsan Janggi-dong TripleJ, Songdo Impasto, Busan Station Osteria Couple, Jeonpo Drinking and Western Restaurant Osteria Fisherman, Haeundae Park Hyatt Busan Dining Room, Jeju Seongsan Phoenix Hotel Mint, Andeok Biotopia Restaurant, Pyoseon Haevichi Hotel Miliu, Mangwon-dong Sedo-sik, Itaewon Classic House, Ilsan Yangjimi Restaurant, Bundang Jeongja Sorella, and Suyeong L Olive are famous. Meet BEST5 of the best emerging pasta restaurants where you can find the best pasta of your life.

1. Seongsu “Packpy” stands out for its unique blend of ingredients

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“Packpy” uses unique ingredients such as potatoes, squid, and coriander to present an original pasta that is hard to taste anywhere else. The interior of the store consists only of a kitchen and bar seats where you can enjoy your meal while looking out the window. The signature menu is “squid rigatoni,” where squid, rigatoni, romaine, and nuts are stir-fried in brown butter sauce to make the most of the aroma, and then charred the outside with a torch to add flavor. Rigatoni and squid, which have a rich buttery flavor, have a chewy texture that enhances the fun of chewing. “Coriander spaghetti,” which has a fresh look with lots of cucumbers and coriander piled on top of the noodles, is also a popular menu. The combination of rich puree and coriander, which has a refreshing finish, is fascinating.

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â–²Location: 136 Wangsimni-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul

▲Opening hours: 11:30 — 22:00 every day, B/T 15:00 — 18:00, closed on Mondays and Tuesdays

â–²Price: Squid rigatoni 22,000 won, coriander spaghetti 20,000 won

â–²Testimonial (Shikigami Marshmallow Monogatari): There were many strange menus I had never seen before. I ate the most famous squid rigatoni, and the sauce was so delicious that I kept eating it. If the store isn't big and you want to eat at your leisure, I recommend you make a reservation before visiting.

2. 'Osteria Orzo' in Hannam-dong captures the rich flavor of truffles

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“Osteria Orzo” is run by Chef Kim Ho-yoon, the head chef of the famous fine dining restaurant “Suwaniye” in Seorae Village. The atmosphere became even more luxurious when the store moved from Yeonhui-dong to Hannam-dong. The signature menu is “White Ragu Pasta with Truffle,” which enhances the taste buds with a rich truffle flavor as soon as it appears on the table. The sauce made by slowly simmering finely ground beef, egg yolk, cream, cheese, and truffle paste for 24 hours is soaked between the noodles and you can enjoy the rich flavor. If you add 10,000 won, you can enjoy the flavor of truffles on the spot, and you can experience the flavor of truffles to a higher level.

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â–²Location: 47 Hannam-daero 20-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

▲Business hours: 12:00 — 22:00 every day, B/T 15:00 — 17:30

â–²Price: White Ragu Pasta with Truffle 27,000 won, Spicy Crab Risotto 26,000 won

â–²Review (Shikigami Canggu Movie Version): The white ragu pasta had thin noodles, so I felt the sauce even better. The minced beef also had a lot of fat on it, so it wasn't enough even if you put plenty of it on top. The spicy crab risotto has a subtle spicy sauce that captures the feeling, so it goes great with ragu pasta!

3. 'Trattoria Malto' from Sangam, an Italian flavor showcased with domestic ingredients

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“Trattoria Malto” is a place that pursues simple yet sentimental food based on authentic Italian recipes. With domestic ingredients from various production areas such as Tongyeong oysters, Jeju crayfish, black pork, and Korean beef, they serve food from all over Italy, such as Sicily, Rome, and Piedmont. The signature menu is “mentaiko spaghetti,” an oil-based, low-salt mentaiko that makes the most of its salty flavor. By adding yuzu from Goheung-san, the fresh flavor that spreads and the aftertaste that falls cleanly is excellent. Starting with the three types of appetizers, I also like the “Lunch Course” where you can enjoy today's pasta, sirloin steak, and dessert at a reasonable price.

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â–²Location: 332-12 World Cup Buk-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul

▲Business hours: 12:00 — 22:00 every day, B/T 15:00 — 18:00

â–²Price: Mentaiko spaghetti 18,000 won, lunch course 39,000 won

â–²Review (My Brother Shikigami): I really like mentaiko spaghetti, so I tried it all over the place, but it was the first time that it had a yuzu flavor! It was an unexpected combination, but it went so well together, and the mentaiko itself wasn't salty, so it was perfect. I only ate a single pasta item on this day, but I'll try the course next time!

4. 'Pasta fresca' in Hannam-dong, a diverse world of raw pasta

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“Pasta fresca” means raw pasta in Italian. Like the trade name, you can enjoy pasta made from fresh noodles at stores such as spaghetti, lasagna, gnocchi, tayarin, reginette, and kitara. The signature menu, “Pan Seared Gnocchi,” serves gnocchi made from thick potato dough on top of a cream sauce filled with the rich flavor of truffles and mushrooms. Gnocchi baked on the outside stands out for its crispness on the outside and the chewy texture on the inside. If you eat gnocchi, which has a mild potato flavor, dipping it in the sauce, the rich sauce will soak in deeply and you will be able to enjoy a deeper flavor.

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â–²Location: B1F, 6, Itaewon-ro 55na-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

▲Opening hours: 11:30 — 23:00 every day, B/T 15:00 — 17:00, closed on Mondays and Tuesdays

â–²Price: Pan Seared Gnocchi 18,000 won, Prosciutto & Burrata 18,000 won

â–²Testimonial (Shikigin Weying): I ate gnocchi because it was the most famous, but I really liked the texture. The thick sauce underneath is also delicious, and you can also eat other raw noodle pasta, but I definitely liked that the raw noodles had a different texture!

5. Euljiro “Immagino” captures all the local flavors

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“Immagino” is a casual fine dining restaurant where you can enjoy the cuisine of owner Kim Dong-jun, who has developed a career at 2 Michelin star restaurants after completing the Italian cooking school ICIF. When you order a meal, two kinds of welcome food, ice cream, tea, and petit dessert are provided as a service, making you feel like you are enjoying a course meal. The signature menu is “Carbonara By Joon,” where you pour egg yolk sauce on top of freshly picked tagliolini noodles. It is characterized by using only egg yolk, padano cheese, butter, bacon, and pepper without using cream to recreate local flavors. The sauce, which has the right combination of lusciousness and saltiness, can also be eaten with the bread that comes with it.

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â–²Location: 2F, 28 Eulji-ro 12-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul

▲Opening hours: 11:20 — 22:00 every day, B/T 15:00 — 17:30, closed on Mondays

â–²Price: Carbonara By Joon 18,000 won, duck steak 38,000 won

â–²Review (Shikigami 202-dong No. 202): When you open the welcome food box, the cute visuals steal your attention! The beer-shaped fruit was also very cute. I tried the main dish, pasta, for the first time with an authentic recipe, and I liked it because it was my style rather than eating it with cream! I was able to see people picking noodles on one side of the store, so it was a different meal time!

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