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Fasta Pasta | Still bringing people together after 35 years.

Oct 28, 2019 | Reading Time: 3 minutes


Adelaide institution and family favourite restaurant Fasta Pasta has recently celebrated its 35th birthday and She Shopped’s Lucy Cornes was lucky enough to be part of the festivities. 

Several VIP Fasta Pasta Club members and some competition winners were invited to the event at Mawson Lakes Fasta Pasta, each with their own special memories of the SA famous eatery.

On the night the lucky guests received a free three-course meal with drinks as well as a goodie bag, and a chance to go into the draw to win a year’s worth of Fasta Pasta.

But the real winners of the night were the fantastic stories the attendees shared with Lucy about their Fasta Pasta experiences. 

Kimberlee Hassen, was the lucky prize recipient of a year’s worth of Fasta Pasta (valued at $1040) has a special place for the restaurant and makes people go above and beyond (literally) to bring it to her!

“Every Thursday night my brother, father and I would get together. We always go to Fasta Pasta, we know exactly what we want to order. When I moved to Alice Springs, my dad would come to visit me and I made him go to Fasta Pasta before he would get on a flight so he could bring me dinner,” she says. 

That’s true dedication to the pasta! But it’s not just the quality food, there’s also the great service and good times that people love. 

Chris Johinke and his partner Rachael experienced first hand the exceptional service Fasta Pasta offers and, because of that, it’s become their regular date night haunt.

“It was our date night. We were looking for somewhere to go for dinner but nowhere could seat us. Rachael said, ‘What about Fasta Pasta?’ So we gave Sefton Park a call and spoke to Jarryd, who was lovely and said we could come with Rachael’s guide dog. They welcomed us, found us a seat, and the night was a five star night. The food is always delicious and now Fasta Pasta is our date night restaurant,” he says.

With its relaxed atmostphere, Fasta Pasta has always played host to family meals, friend catch ups and hot dates, but it hasn’t always been so relaxed as Jenny Williams remembers.

“I started going to Fasta Pasta 35 years ago. Enrico used to be out the front and there would be a line up and you couldn’t get into the place. He would kick you out. That’s why we thought it was called ‘Fasta Pasta’ because you couldn’t sit for too long. He would say, ‘Get out! Get out! There’s more people here!’,” she laughs.

And Rob Fischer’s first Fasta Pasta experience could have gone either way, luckily it went the right way and he attended the 35th birthday celebrations with his mother in law.

“The first time I met my in-laws to be it was at Fasta Pasta, and the salmon was not the only thing being grilled that night! Thankfully I survived the grilling and 15 years later I am still married to my wife and we have two great kids,” he says.

Fasta Pasta is well known for its good food, good service and good times in a friendly environment, which is why Janelle McClean went to the place where she knew the service and atmosphere would be a comfort after some difficult news.

“Five years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer and the day I got the diagnosis, I went to Fasta Pasta for tea because it made me feel good,” she says. “The staff know what you want and they are happy to accommodate.”

A family favourite, with great food and service that you know and trust, we’re looking forward to another 35 years of Fasta Pasta.

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