Recently named a Bay Area “Best Bargain Bite” by the San Francisco, Pasta Bene offers Berkeleydiners a solid menu of Italian favorites that offers high quality, fresh ingredients without breaking the bank. From the flavorful appeal of small plate appetizers and minestrone soup one critic called “one of the best we’ve had” to the flavors and textures of 12 pasta dishes, stone fired pizza, large salads, sandwiches on fresh made foccacia, and luscious house made tiramisu, Pasta Bene offers traditional Italian recipes with California flair in a light filled, decidedly contemporary ambiance. $5 Pasta Lunch Special from 11am- 3pm. Close to the UC Berkeley campus and Alta Bates Hospital. Outside Patio.