One of Half Moon Bay’s most popular restaurants, Pasta Moon is always packed to the gills with locals and tourists filling up on massive portions of hearty Italian-American fare. With its vaulted ceilings and multiple intimate dining rooms, it’s a hit among diners of all ages, especially those seated at tables with a view of the lovely side garden. House-made pastas steal the show, with tempting options like the delicate 30-layer lasagna filled with ricotta, parmesan and house Sicilian sausage (even the half portion is huge). A grilled pork chop stuffed with peaches, pancetta and caramelized onions then arrives with mascarpone mashed potatoes. The butterscotch pudding (with shards of Ghirardelli chocolate, natch) is bound to send you over the moon.
- MICHELIN guide inspectors