Italian restaurant Yaro Pasta Papa la Vita opens in Kagoshima, work clothes welcome

PUBLISHED Feb 21, 2023

Owner Nakamura (center) and friends

On January 30, the Italian restaurant Yaro Pasta Papa la Vita (Phone: 099-297-5764) opened in Arata, Kagoshima City.

Hidehiko Nakamura, previously working in the fish business, opened the restaurant with his two friends. Nakamura loves noodles and had been to many restaurants around Japan, but he felt that “there are not many pasta restaurants where you can go in your work clothes.” He chose to run Papa la Vita as “an Italian restaurant where customers can walk in casually, regardless of what they are wearing.” The name means “Papa’s life” in Italian.

When designing the interior, they purposely avoided creating an Italian restaurant atmosphere and designed the logo and signboard themselves. The restaurant has a floor space of 77 square meters and seats four at the counter and 21 at the tables.

The menu includes pasta dishes such as Cream Sauce with Prosciutto and Cheese (1,200 yen), Tomato Sauce with Garlic (900 yen), Neapolitan, Arrabbiata, and Soup Pasta, to name a few. “While most pasta restaurants use 90 to 100 grams of pasta, we use 130 grams for a regular portion to satisfy male diners,” says Nakamura.

To finish off the pasta meal, the restaurant also offers “Western-style Chazuke,” a dish where rice is added to the leftover pasta sauce, and dashi is poured over it. There is a self-service dashi available in the restaurant, and customers can also choose to add White Rice (100 yen) or Seared Ham with Garlic Rice (from 200 yen). “This is only our recommendation. Whatever way you like to eat it is fine, as long as you enjoy it in your own way,” Nakamura says. At night, it offers over ten a la carte dishes, such as chorizo and tomato stew.

Opening hours: 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Closed on Tuesdays.

  • Exterior view of Yaro Pasta Papa la Vita

  • Inside Yaro Pasta Papa la Vita

  • Counter and table seating of Yaro Pasta Papa la Vita

  • Cream Sauce with Prosciutto and Cheese from Yaro Pasta Papa la Vita

  • Tomato Sauce with Garlic from Yaro Pasta Papa la Vita