From the outside, Colapasta looks like a new Bank Of America branch, but inside, the massive photo of the kid with a colander on his head will tell you you’re in the right place for handmade pasta. On weekday afternoons, it’s packed with people eating excellent lasagna, bigoli aglio, and beet ravioli in brown butter. Everything’s under $14, so this is a great addition to your lunch routine, or solid go-to for a casual (and shockingly affordable) dinner in Santa Monica. They don’t have their liquor license yet, but they say it’s coming soon.
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