The State of Pasta opened in April 2017 in downtown Vientiane (the grand opening is in October). The restaurant blends local Lao ingredients with Italian cooking. The result is a clever fusion of two seemingly divergent cuisines.
It's a great spot for lunch and to escape the increasingly hot noon time sun as we head into the dry season.
From the front, the tiny single-storey shopfront belies its size indoors. Narrow and long, the restaurant stretches back from the street with lots of tables. Natural light floods through the big windows all along one side of the restaurant, thanks to the vacant block next door.
The simple black, white and grey decor is minimal but a bunch of flowers on each table adds a nice touch of colour.
Besides, it's all about the food, right? And if you love pasta, you're in the right place.
Each meal comes with complimentary bread with oil and dipping sauces. Just to satiate your appetite until your main arrives. Which is very quickly. It is definitely a good spot for a working lunch.
The menu is refreshingly small with about 10 choices of pasta, lasagne, sandwich focaccia, drinks, and a handful of desserts.
You can choose from 6 different types of homemade pasta for your meal. Each dish is made to order just for you. Spaghetti, tagliatelle, gnocchi, macaroni, casarecce, and fusilli.
You can even have special green spaghetti for the pesto.
And choose between of al dente or 'cooked' pasta. Customise your dish a little further with extras including a fresh egg, bacon, and chilli.
There's a lot of choice. You get the picture.
And if you don't fill up entirely with your pasta (as I did), have a post-lunch coffee and try the chocolate fondue. I'll be back for it...
The State of Pasta is on Rue Manthatourath opposite the former Naked Espresso. It's open for lunch and dinner every day.