It is no secret to those close to me that I am passionate about pasta. I mean, what’s not to like? So naturally, when I saw we had a new food truck called PastaMania, I audibly gasped when I passed it in Urbana. Had I had the time, I would have pulled a U-turn right in the middle of University to go right then and there. I didn’t, of course, but I did go as soon as I was able to. This is how it went.
PastaMania seems to be a chain of some sort, but I can’t quite figure out what other locations they have besides Urbana. You can find the truck most likely parked at 1004 W University in front of Pawn King although they have also visited Riggs.
You can also order online via Grubhub which is what I did. I try to avoid ordering apps when it comes to local restaurants, but sometimes we just gotta do what we gotta do.
First up was a classic, the chicken alfredo ($14). Fettuccine pasta was topped with chicken and alfredo sauce, and it also came with two slices of garlic bread. The portions at PastaMania are no joke; there’s plenty. One of the first things I noticed about the carryout order was how nice the to-go containers were. Nerd alert!
Anyway, the pasta was nicely al dente, and I enjoyed the creamy alfredo sauce. I do wish the chicken had a bit more seasoning, though. And who doesn’t enjoy buttery garlic bread?
PastaMania also doesn’t just serve pasta. They offer sandwiches, soup, and salads as well. To switch things up, I ordered a meatball sub ($10): meatballs with melted Provolone cheese and red sauce on a toasted roll. The sandwich was absolutely swimming in sauce, so by the time it was delivered, and we were eating, it had a super soggy bottom. I thought this was understandable since I would not exactly rate meatball sandwiches high on the ability-to-travel scale, but since food trucks mainly operate on a carryout basis, I would suggest maybe throwing that sauce on the side for online orders. Overall, I thought the sandwich was pretty tasty.
Back to pasta. Next up was the chili mac ($11): so Midwestern. If you’re unfamiliar or need a refresh, chili mac is spaghetti topped with beef and bean chili. See, Midwestern. While I thought overall the chili mac was pretty good, it was a little too cheesy. Yes, I said too cheesy which I never thought is something I would say would be an issue. The pasta became way too glugged down, and it was a bit tricky to do a fork twirl because of it. The chili mac also came with a couple pieces of garlic bread. Let’s just say, you will not still be hungry after eating this.
Lastly came the inferno pasta ($13): penne, spicy cream sauce, sun dried tomatoes, chicken, and spinach. Pasta dishes in this vein are up at the top of the list for me. I love creamy sauces and all the things in my pasta: spinach, tomatoes, peas, mushrooms, meat, all that good stuff. I thought the little spice kick in the sauce was really good, and the penne was cooked well. Once again, I was looking for a little more seasoning on the chicken. I was definitely still dipping the bread in that sauce even though I was super full.
So all in all, PastaMania is what it says it is: a pasta food truck. And that’s great! It’s something new to us. All the food I ordered (which was on separate occasions) came really hot which is something I always look for and appreciate. It was delivered quickly, and I think you get your bang for your buck portion wise. I will say that I noticed prices online are one dollar more than the menu on their site, but that could be just to accommodate GrubHub fees. If you are a pasta manic, go ahead and try PastaMania.
Check them out on Facebook to find open hours and locations.