For heaped portions of pasta at rock-bottom prices you won’t do much better than this long-time student favourite. Pasta dishes start at around ¥800 and you can try pizzas, salads, and various meat and fish dishes. It will not be the best Italian you’ve ever had, but you’ll probably leave full and happy.

It’s near the Sanjō-Kawaramachi crossing; look for the red-brick steps and the green awning. There’s an English menu and an English sign.