This might make for the ultimate bucket list. How many of these pasta dishes have you tried?
Whether your taste is spaghetti, tagliatelle or soft pillows of gnocchi, everyone has their go-to pasta dish. With an abundance of Italian restaurants scattered around Sydney, we’ve done the hard yards and sussed out the top must-try pasta dishes. Buon appetito!
10 William Street is another Italian institution, serving up an array of comforting classics and contemporary dishes. With many winning meals on the menu, you’ll be hard-pressed to choose just one! With an everchanging menu of hand-made pasta dishes, you can’t go wrong with anything on this menu. But at the time of publishing, we can’t go past the paccheri with cuttlefish, chilli and green garlic.
10 William Street, 10 William Street, Paddington, NSW
Lamb ragu with pappardelle is a dish you’ll find on many good Italian restaurant menus. Whilst plenty Sydney eateries do the dish well, A Tavola take the humble classic to new heights. Complex, flavoursome and rich, it’s a dish that should be on every pasta lover’s bucket list.
A Tavola, Darlinghurst and Bondi
This Paddington café and food store only came onto the pasta scene fairly recently, but they’ve been causing a stir amongst locals. You’ll find the full list of classics on the menu, from hearty lasagna to spaghetti and ravioli. A stand out on the menu is the silverbeet and ricotta ravioli. Served with lashings of burnt butter sage sauce, all you need is a glass of vino!
Barbetta, 2 Elizabeth Street Paddington NSW
You might already be familiar with the Insta-famous parmesan wheel pasta, Chester White Cured Diner drawing this dish directly into the limelight. Sure, you can go for the cured meats selection or lamb shoulder, but the real star of the show is the Truffle Cacio e Pepe ($23). It’s a simple but effective formula – spaghetti, salt and pepper, parsley and black truffles, served out of a Sardinian truffled pecorino cheese wheel.
Chester White Cured Diner, 3 Orwell Street Potts Point NSW
We eat with our eyes and when a plate of this hand-cut gnocchi arrives to the table, you’ll hear often collective ‘wow’s leaving the diner’s lips. With outposts in Surry Hills and the Tramsheds, Flour Eggs Water’s signature gnocchi comes loaded with pumpkin, scamorza, cavolo nero and poppy seeds.
Flour Eggs Water, Surry Hills and the Tramsheds
Lucio’s is an institution, established in Paddington in 1983. Lovers of Italian cuisine travel from far and wide to dine at Lucio’s for the tagliolini alla granseola. Visually striking, fine green noodles are laced with melt-in-your-mouth blue swimmer crab and a light tomato sauce. If you haven’t dined at Lucio’s before, this dish is certainly worth the visit.
Lucio’s, 47 Windsor Street, Paddington NSW 2021
This contemporary Sicilian restaurant situated in the heart of Kensington Street knows good pasta. Chef Lino Sauro has brought to the table many of his family’s prized recipes directly from Sicily, satisfying diners since the restaurant’s doors first opened in 2017. For the seafood lovers, opt for the tagliolini (a.k.a. handcrafted angel hair pasta with fresh Tasmanian sea urchin sauce and bottarga.
Olio Kensington Street, Level 2, The Old Rum Store, 2-10 Kensington Street, Chippendale
Lovers of handmade pasta have flocked to Pasta Emilia since they first opened their doors back in 2012. For a decadent experience, be sure to order the duck tortelli. It might be rich, but it’s worth every. single. calorie.
Pasta Emilia, Cnr Riley and Reservoir Streets, Surry Hills NSW
If there’s one thing Ragazzi does best, it’s pasta. Crafted by Chef Scott McComas-Williams, this everchanging menu celebrates traditional pasta shapes and sauces, infused with a fresh twist. Make sure to order the cavatelli with pork and fennel sausage,made from incredible Tathra free-range saddleback pigs, and briny, sweet little Goolwa poppies.
Ragazzi Wine & Pasta, Shop 3 2-12 Angel Place, Sydney CBD