Finding a good lasagne in Melbourne isn’t as simple as waltzing into your closest Italian place and ordering up—these dishes are surprisingly hard to find. While we know your mum’s lasagne is probably the best lasagne you’ll ever eat, these ones are a close second. With varieties for both meat eaters and vegetarians available across the city and the burbs, these are the best lasagne in Melbourne for you to lap up in 2021.
Not all heroes wear capes, but some drive early 90s sedans and deliver lasagne to your door. Known as 1800lasagne, the cult delivery service has been serving some of the best lasagne to Melburnians since opening last year. Both meaty and vegetarian options are on offer, both oozing cheesy goodness. If you’re craving a night out, you’re in luck, because they’re now open for dinner too from Wednesday to Saturday between 6pm and 9pm. Book ahead though, these tables are in hot demand.
Take your lasagne game up a couple of levels with Lasagne Lab. Established in the middle of 2020 by two Italian gents with a passion for food, they’ve not only got some of the best lasagne in Melbourne, but the most variety. Their lasagna flavours are classic—starting with a locally-sourced wagyu ragu, through to the entirely vegan porcini, truffle and cashew lasagne. They also offer an autumnal pumpkin lasagne infused with amoreti and topped with decadent mascarpone.
This is some of the best lasagne Melbourne has in the burbs, and it’s served up in an equally spectacular setting. Piccolino is easy to miss—it’s in a small suburban strip of shops that you could drive by without even noticing. But it’s worth pulling over for their cathedral-style ceiling, towering pizza oven chimney and knock-out Italian fare. Their lasagne is a classic style, complete with bolognese sauce and plenty of cheese.
On the menu, it’s called ‘lasagne classica’, and that’s because this meal is a damn classic. Filled with traditional bolognese sauce and gooey cheese, Ricardo’s lasagne is a prime example of Italian classics done perfectly. Every. Single. Time. This restaurant is known for having loyal repeat customers—who they know by name—that flock back on the reg for some of the best lasagne in Melbourne. So, if you’re not in the club already, it might be time to change that.
Bio by DOC
One for the vegetarians. Bio by DOC is the latest Italian haunt in Carlton doing things a little bit differently. Their plant-based menu is by no means a blasphemous act when it comes to Italian food, in fact, many traditional, regional cuisines champion humble veg. The lasagne at Bio isn’t your basic eggplant substitute though—it’s made with silky spinach pasta sheets, béchamel and a delectable lentil ragu, and it’s some of the best lasagne you’ll taste whether you’re veggo or not.
Pepe’s Italian & Liquor
Complete with an al fresco courtyard and gelateria, Pepe’s is the place to go for some Italian flare in the CBD. Their lasagne ai fungi is borderline decadent, but you’ll be determined to eat every last mouthful. It contains wild mushrooms, zucchini, bechamel, mozzarella and herbs, and you can bet the top is covered in cheese and grilled for the perfect amount of crisp at the edges. Hands down, one of the best lasagnes Melbourne CBD has for vegetarians and meat lovers alike.
A local favourite, Birichino makes a mean pizza, but their homemade pasta dishes deserve just as much attention—particularly their lasagne which is one of the best lasagnes in the suburbs. It’s a traditional lasagne filled with all the flavours you know and love. You can get your serve in house or takeaway, and we’d recommend pairing it with the rocket, fig, walnut and parmesan salad. They make a perfect pair—and make you feel just that little bit healthier for ordering salad.
If pasta is your thing, then Vapiano is for you. They specialise in the stuff, and the plates come out of the kitchen thick and fast. The lasagne is no different. It’s filled with a beef and pork blended bolognese sauce and finished with a parmesan and mozzarella crust on top. And believe us when we say the portion size is generous. We’d recommend taking the leftovers home and getting two meals out of one.
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