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Brisbane’s Best Pasta

By Rachel Lay - 07 Apr 2016

Oh pasta, what would we do without you? Before this turns into a grand love letter to pasta, we better cut things short. We’re no strangers to pasta here at The Urban List; we’ve written quite the round up of pasta in the past. Given that it’s beginning to cool down a tad, we thought it would only be right to round up Brisbane’s best pasta again, so we can indulge to our heart’s content in all of the pasta (and wine).

#1 Beccofino

Beccofino, you really do know your shiz when comes to pasta. The duck ragu is famous in the Brisbane TUL office for it’s next level deliciousness. We rate Becco as one of the top Italian spots in Brisbane so it’s safe to say you’ll be enamored with whatever pasta you order here, but the duck ragu is epic people, epic.

#2 Il Centro

Il Centro is to pasta what Lisa Vanderpump is to Real Housewives: it’s a match made in heaven. The sand crab lasagne is a Brisbane icon in our eyes, with water front views and uber fresh seafood, what more could we ask for?

#3 Bar Alto

The pasta at Bar Alto needs no description other than epic; it’s some seriously good stuff. The goat ragu is potentially one of our all time fave meals. Big call we know, but it’s on point. The Venetian Style Crespelle should be on your to-do list too if you haven’t already tried it. If you have, good on you, you know your pasta!

#4 1889 Enoteca

Gorgeous heritage building aside, 1889 Enoteca boasts some of Brisbane’s best (and award winning) Italian fare plus a wine bar and vinaio. There’s even an underground cellar. But enough already, let’s get to the epic handmade pasta. We are quite partial to a ragu here at The Urban List, and consider ourselves experts on all things ragu. So rest assured when we say the Pappardelle al Ragu hits the spot, know you’re in for a good ragu. It’s mouthfuls of braised pork and beef, fresh tomato sauce and a generous sprinkle of Parmigiano Reggiano and the homemade pappardelle.

#4 Tartufo

Tartufo brings a seriously authentic taste of Italy to Brisbane, with local produce and an international palate. Yum! The pastas on offer are equal parts delicious and authentic, the menu is endless but let’s be real, if you aren’t ordering the linguine ai funghi tartufati then what are you doing? Think butter, mascarpone, sage, truffle paste, parmesan, house made linguine and all of the wild mushrooms.

#6 Coppa Spuntino

Coppa Spuntino is a relative newcomer in the pasta/ Italian scene of Brisbane. With an epic menu you’re bound to make any lunch longer than your allotted hour break from the office. The gnocchi with kale, walnut and truffle is so good you’d be forgiven for eating it multiple times in a week. Oh, and the pork and wine ragu, people, the ragu! You know how we feel about ragu.

#7 Bucci

Bucci is a Brisbane staple when it comes to good pasta. The Maltagliati Con Guanciale Di Miale is a pasta of epic proportions – slow braised pork cheeks, sweet onion and fennel seed, home-made torn pasta, fresh tomato, chilli, basil, green olives and peas. Yes please! But really, you can’t go wrong at Bucci: the lasagne alla Roberta with Moreton Bay Bugs, lemon, herbs, heirloom tomatoes and a pesto and cheese lasagne or the wild boar lognaise are equally delicious options.

#8 Il Locale

Il Locale knows their shit when it comes to pasta. Their menu boasts an extensive pasta offering, all hand made and all delish to the max. The ravioli di funghi porcini con marroni burro e salvia is what dreams are made of porcini mushroom ravioli with chestnut sage butter. The squid ink cannelloni is another level of pasta deliciousness – squid ink cannelloni stuffed with cuttlefish, silverbeet, ricotta and leek cream.

#9 Grappino

Grappino is your no frills attached, authentic Italian. The marinara tastes just like it does in Roma, with fresh local seafood and an epic Napoli sauce. The Pappardelle Gusto is a lot cheaper than a ticket to Italy but has the same effect – it’s super authentic with a hint of brandy, just like Nonna does!

#10 Colle Rosso

Colle Rosso, you pasta gods you. Just the mere mention of their ravioli filled with veal osso bucco in a black truffle sauce with porcini mushrooms is enough to put us into a spin. The homemade pumpkin gnocchi with wild mushroom, Pecorino Romano and fresh cream sauce is just that good.

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