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Two New Places Serving Pasta in the Valley

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Can't get enough pasta? Bol Italia and Loughlin's Bistro just opened their doors, and the Italian staple looms large on both restaurants' menus.

Bol Italia, located in Chandler at Alma School and Queen Creek, offers pasta, salad, and rice bowls quickly and inexpensively. Chef Philip Occhipinti combined his love of Italian food with his experience as a quick-order cook at Chipotle, and voila.

The rice bowls are the most intriguing thing on the menu. We're not sure if rice and cheese-filled meatballs go together, but we're willing to find out. Bol Italia is open in Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

If you want more variety in your meal, Loughlin's Bistro offers an almost dizzying selection of foods to choose from. Pasta, pizza, curry, fish and chips, and steak are all on the menu. The folks at Loughlin's say the variety is "a true reflection of modern Irish/British cuisine."

Loughlin's Bistro opened October 5 in Scottsdale at Hayden and Mountainview Road, and we're guessing the $6.95 lunch menu will be one of its main attractions.

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