Pasta Mia Restaurant

1562 Constitution Blvd., Salinas, CA 93905

Reservations & Take-Out

(831) 998-8310

1562 Constitution Blvd., Salinas, CA 93905


Our Story, Catering & Chef

Our Story

Pasta Mia offers a full menu of Italian food made with passion and pride. Co-owner Chef Jose Aranda prepares his own signature dishes as well as classic Italian meals – always made with top quality, fresh ingredients. And you will find our service is prompt and friendly.


We have an amazingly variety of menu items. However, if your favorite Italian dish is not on the menu, ask Chef Jose to prepare it for you. Pasta Mia is not a franchise restaurant. It is a privately owned establishment in business to provide you with the very best in homemade Italian cuisine. From sauces to soups, everything is prepared fresh daily.


Prices are competitive and the atmosphere is warm and inviting. The wine bar has an impressive selection of over 50 wines, including many local wines. Come in and enjoy your favorite Italian meal with the perfect wine. Relax and feel at home.

The main dining room accommodates 35 people. The lovely banquet room can accommodate 25 more. There is also a year-round heated patio that seats 35.


Pasta Mia is a good place to bring your family. In fact, the menu includes family-style meals that serve 4 to 6 people. This is an economical way to take everyone out to eat and take a break from cooking. Let the Pasta Mia staff do all the work so you have time to sit and enjoy your family.


If you’re looking for a place to bring your date, Pasta Mia is an excellent choice. The soft Italian music playing in the background, the satisfying food with ample portions and the generous selection of wines provide the perfect atmosphere. You will never be rushed. The restaurant is open until 10:00 PM, so there is plenty of time for an intimate talk. Chances are that Pasta Mia will become a regular eating place for you and your date.


Pasta Mia can cater your parties of up to 100 people at the restaurant and there is plenty of room for parking. We can also serve an unlimited number of guests at an off-premises location. Talk to co-owner Ernie Amorim or Chef Jose Aranda about catering your next special event.

Chef Jose Aranda

If you ask Chef Jose what is unique about his dishes, he will tell you that “they are made with much love.” Being a co-owner of his own restaurant is the fulfillment of Chef Jose’s life-long dream. It is part of his life and passion. Every career decision brought him closer to opening Pasta Mia. And now you can benefit from his amazing culinary expertise.


The “Fusion Pasta” meals are Chef Jose’s own signature creations. The fruits of his years of preparing and testing recipes are now available for your enjoyment here at Pasta Mia.


Part of Chef Jose’s expertise comes from accreditation received from Chef&Maître, a network of professional Italian chefs. Feel free to ask for any combination of menu items. Chef Jose is happy to create a dish that is just right for you.

Ernie Amorim

Co-owner Ernie Amorim runs the financial side of the business. Having been friends for many years, Jose and Ernie jumped at the chance to go into business together when the opportunity at Creek Bridge became available. With Jose’s gift for Italian cooking and creation and Ernie’s talent for business, this restaurant is destined to become one of the dining landmarks for miles around.