There's something about a bowl of fresh pasta that's hard to beat. Comforting, homely, and delicious, sometimes nothing beats a big bowl of carbs slathered in delicious sauce. Broken up with your boyfriend? Pasta. Bad day at work? Pasta. Friday lunch? That's right. Pasta.
We've written about pasta before, of course, (remember our gnocchi—1 & 2—lasagne, and risotto round ups?) but we thought it was time to celebrate the best Italian restaurants in Brisbane who have the whole pasta spectrum well and truly covered.
Bringing you our picks for Brisbane's best pasta, from Brisbane's best Italian restaurants:
It's hard to go past Beccofino, no matter what you're after. Everything on the menu is so delicious and the casual vibe is perfect when you want a no-fuss dinner (without sacrificing on yumminess). Beccofino is famous for its pizzas, but we think their pastas have just as much cred'. They're simple and tasty, and the pasta itself is spot on. Try the duck ragu and never look back.
Bar Alto is not one of those places that relies on the view alone to get by—the food is sensational no matter what you're looking at. Pasta is one of their specialties and, boy, do they do it well. The Venetian-style crespelle (little, pasta-like crepes) filled with ricotta, pumpkin, and burnt-sage butter is to die for.
Known for their more traditional Italian offerings, Grappino's pastas are safe bets if you love the classics. The Marinara is just as it should be, and never fails to impress.
A list of the best pastas would not be complete without iconic Brisbane Italian restaurant, Enoteca on it. Since opening, this Woolloongabba restaurant has gained a loyal following, eager to declare their pastas Brisbane's best. We are crazy about their Pappardelle al Ragu, which combines homemade pappardelle, with braised pork and beef, fresh tomato sauce and generous lashings of Parmigiano Reggiano. This indulgent bowl of pasta-rific glory goes down best with a glass of red. We are also partial to their potato gnocchi with pork and fennel sausage and black truffle tapenade.
Everything's crazy delicious at Bucci, so it's no surprise that their pasta is also great. You can choose anything from Nonna's spaghetti and meatballs to a wagyu beef shin lasagne, but we just can't go past the linguine with spanner crab, chilli, parsley, and lemon. It's delish.
Lots of pastas to choose from, and very generous portions, make Tartufo a winner in our book. Oh, and it doesn't hurt that every pasta is out-of-this-world delicious. Take your pick, but if you go past the linguine ai funghi tartufati—house made linguine with wild and cultivated mushrooms, butter, mascarpone, sage, and truffle paste, topped with parmesan—well, you're crazy. Plain and simple.
The Colle Rosso team impressed us with their authentic Italian menu when they opened last year and have continued to get rave reviews from food lovers since. Their ravioli filled with veal ossobucco, in a black truffle sauce with porcini mushrooms, is yummy and very generous. Just the way we like it.