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Review: It really bothers me that I can't rate a restaurant 5 Cows just because they serve meat dishes - especially when the restaurant is as vegan friendly as this one. Rock Da Pasta has a menu that is not only fun to read, but is also intriguingly diverse. Coconut curry cream sauces, pineapple and mango, cilantro pesto; this isn't just spaghetti with marinara sauce, folks. (Though they do have that, as well!) And while a good portion of the menu is already vegetarian, most of the dishes can be made so simply by choosing tofu instead of chicken, and the cream-based sauces can be made with soy milk upon request. To start off our meal, we sampled a few soups and appetizers: The Cream of Mushroom Soup with Fresh Rosemary was super rich and velvety, chunky with mushrooms, and loaded with flavor. Sticky Fingers Pot-Stickers, little edamame-filled dumplings with a gingery tamarind sauce, were surprisingly tasty and flavorful, despite their humble appearance. The Magic Mushrooms appetizer was like a chunky mushroom pate; diced cremini and shiitake mushrooms were sautéed and flavored with wine, rosemary, and truffle oil, and served with little strips of garlic bread. This was some seriously tasty stuff. For my entrée, I had the Overnight Sensation - bowtie pasta tossed with artichoke hearts, fennel, broccoli, roasted red peppers, thinly sliced sundried tomatoes, and the optional diced, baked tofu, in a creamy cilantro pesto sauce. (They normally top this dish with bacon, but I simply asked them to omit this.) The pasta was perfectly al dente, and the sauce! Oh man. I cannot describe how good this dish was. I also sampled the Joplins Penne Rose - penne tossed with black olives, roasted red peppers, and diced, baked tofu, in a spicy, tomatoey alfredo sauce fortified with a shot of Southern Comfort. Wow. Just... wow. The third dish I tasted was The Cheese Tortellini Incident. Cheese tortellini and penne were tossed together with pignolis and chunks of fresh pineapple, mango, and bananas, in a light coconut alfredo sauce. Honestly, I'm still not sure what to think about this one. It was odd, to say the least. Bananas and cheese tortellini... perhaps not such a good combination. But it was unique for sure. For the record, our omnivorous friends immensely enjoyed their meals, as well; this is a great place for mixed crowds. Throw in a decent little selection of interesting beers and a casual, music-oriented atmosphere, and you have a great overall dining experience.