It is exactly what it sounds like: a loving marriage of Jamaican and Italian food. Is that a real thing? Sure it is – you’re in Toronto now. Some is a little more Jamaican, some a little more Italian, and some really is a blend of both (Rasta Pasta is an actual menu item: soft, fluffy gnocchi sautéed in a garlic and olive oil sauce, and served with ackee and saltfish. Boom).
I can’t lie, though. As much as I attempt to expand my horizons each time I come back to Rasta Pasta, I always end up getting the same Jerk Chicken special. I haven’t tried anything else to date. For an absolute bargain price of $ 6, I get a small, yet surprisingly sizable container of fluffy rice and beans and a side of steamed veggies – the “special”. If I am there at the right time, I (im)patiently wait by the barbecue drum outside as the spicy, succulent chicken finishes grilling before it is chopped into smaller pieces and laden onto my waiting bed of rice and veggies. It’s perfectly crispy and seared on the outside, so tender and juicy inside, and so very flavourful throughout.
I’ll try something else the next time I go… Maybe.