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Your 2022 Guide To Melbourne’s Best Lasagne

By Simon Cassar
4th Oct 2022

A thick slab of lasagna being held up by a chef in a striped apron.

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 2022. 

 

Pelligrini's 

CBD

One served up with plenty of heritage, a visit to Pelligrini's is an unparalleled Italo-Australian experience. The Bourke Street pasta and coffee bar has one of the best lasagnas in Melbourne; a real home-style feel, no frills with presentation just a rich saucy and soul-warming slab of the layered pasta dish. Pair it with the two slices of bread and a watermelon granita and you're in for quite the memorable time. 

1800lasagne

THORNBURY 

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 kicking off back in 2020. 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 from their High Street bistro too from Wednesday to Sunday. Book ahead though, these tables are in hot demand.

Lasagna Lab

WINDSOR

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 Amoretti and topped with decadent mascarpone. 

DOC Espresso

CARLTON

Touted as consistently the best lasagna in Melbourne, DOC's prowess well extends outside of the realm of pizza. Made in-house daily DOC harnesses the Emilia Romagna dish with a traditional recipe featuring several thin layers of pasta, a thick and salty bolognese, as well as a decadent bechamel all encased in a perfectly crisped top with shavings of parmesan. 

Piccolino

MOUNT WAVERLY 

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. 

Ricardo’s

ALBERT PARK

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. 

Di Stasio Citta 

CBD

In a complete class of their own, the Di Stasio collective encapsulates the core of Italian culture in Melbourne. The 'Citta' outpost on Spring Street brims with culture, with white-jacketed waiters, the post-modern industrious interior and plates of Italian cuisine absolutely dialled to a tee. The Lasagna Pasqualina is a bold meat-free creation, served up swimming in a perfectly balanced tomato sugo with melted buffalo mozzarella littered throughout and topped with generous lashings of parmesan and basil.  

Pepe’s Italian & Liquor

CBD

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. 

Birichino

BALWYN

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. 

Vapiano

CBD

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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Image credit: 1800 Lasagne (supplied)

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