There's beauty in simplicity and Pasta Basta exemplifies this, offering up fresh pastas and sauces at cheap prices, in the middle of the bustling shuk... what more could you ask for?
The Pasta's are either Fettucine, Spirals, whole wheat, or gnocchi and are all made fresh on the premises. All pastas are between 19 to 26 shekels, depending on the sauce. My top recommendation would be the red Pesto, which has some punch to it, but all of the Sauces are pretty solid. The pink beet sauce is really delicious and unique. While the Coconut curry adds versatility, and isn't bad, the flavor is a little lacking for me.
When you are there, you'll notice little red plastic jars. They are filled with Parmesan cheese, which you can use to your hearts content. The restaurant is towards the bottom of the shuk (near Aggripas) and is between the open and covered markets. There can be a line sometimes of between 2 to 5 minutes but it is worth the wait and the food is always ready within 5 minutes of ordering. My only issue here is serving size, which I feel is just a little too small, because of this, if I go as a couple I'll generally order 3 pastas for the 2 of us.
Like the previous reviewer, I would also recommend highly the Etrog Man's Juice store. If you decide to drink something stronger, Pasta Basta also serves a home made wine for 10 shekels a glass. After a hectic day of shuk shopping, I honestly cant think of a better place to stop for a bite and a glass of wine than Pasta Basta.
Cons: Smallish Portions, Aren't always enough seats