As the name implies, Pastas’ best dishes are, well, you get it. Here, pasta is flavorful and innovative yet has the comforting, not-too-rich taste of good home cooking. Hearty portions, like the plateful of the popular rigatoni napoletana (chicken, spinach, basil, garlic, and marinara with cream added), are hard to finish—especially after you’ve polished off breadsticks and bruschetta and a mista salad (spring mix, Gorgonzola, and pecans tossed in vinaigrette). The restaurant is well known for its tiramisu, so if you’re in the mood for rich mascarpone cheese, you might want to hold back on the appetizers and send some of your entrée back to the kitchen for doggie-bagging. Cozy patio dining is available for two, and the spacious, contemporary dining room can accommodate large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Also in Livermore.