Food & Drink

These Are The Best Pasta Dishes In Sydney

By Zoe Prieston - 12 Jun 2018


Italian food is basically Australia’s national cuisine. Honestly, between your local pizza joint and the cute AF trattoria around the corner from your place, if there’s one restaurant that’s always there for you, it’s your local Italian. But when it comes to spaghetti, there are many impastas (get it?) out there. That’s where we come in. 

We’ve gone and done all the legwork for you (tough, but someone’s got to do it) and rounded up Sydney’s best pasta dishes. From lobster pasta to beetroot and goats curd ravioli, the pastabilities are endless (fine, we’ll stop). 

Here is our definitive list of every pasta dish you need to eat in Sydney.

  1. Matteo, Double Bay | Local legends, Matteo’s fusilli Mirrool Creek lamb ragù is one of the best in Sydney. And what’s more, the pasta is completely organic. 
  2. Rosetta, Sydney CBD | Risotto con frutti di mare literally translating to risotto with fruits of the sea and FYI, this one will have you drooling. Cooked to perfection with prawns, squid, pipis and mussels, we’ll have more from where that came from, thankyouverymuch.
  3. OTTO, Woolloomooloo | OTTO is a real show off, offering seven pasta dishes and it’s as hard as picking a favourite child. If we had to though, order the saffron bucatini with Moreton Bay bugs.
  4. Uccello, Sydney | Look no further than the ravioli with parmesan, eggplant, tomato and basil. Bellissimo! 
  5. Totos Pizzeria, Rodd Point | Two words, fifteen letters. Ricotta cannelloni. That’s all.
  6. Acme, Rushcutters Bay | We completely understand if the thought of pig’s head macaroni freaks you out at first, but trust us, that will all float away when you taste that first, godly piece of macaroni. 
  7. Kindred, Chippendale | Think fresh, think rigatoni with beer Bolognese, rosemary and parmesan. Think gluten free pappardelle if that’s more your vibe.
  8. One Ford Street, Balmain | these guys know how to work their bowls, mixing together caserecce, pork and fennel sausage ragù, fennel and pecorino sardo. 
  9. Tinello, Glebe | In all of its floral, rose gold interior glory, Tinello’s potato gnocchi with San Marzano passata tastes even better than it looks, and wow that’s hard to do.
  10. Sotto Sopra, Newport | This roasted eggplant filled buckwheat Ravioli is food fit for the Gods.
  11. Bambini Trust, Sydney CBD |If you are a member of the risotto club like we are, Bambini’s wild mushroom, reggiano, champagne and truffle risotto will make you never (ever) want to try another.
  12. Sapori Di Sardegna, Queens Park |This one is a “Sardinian fine food romance” and that means you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu.
  13. Two Chaps, Marrickville | All you need to know about this one is their pasta nights are bomb and yes, you want the banquet menu.

two chaps pasta

  1. Da Orazio Pizza + Porchetta, Bondi Beach | Three letters for the three pasta dishes on the menu: wow. Curly ribbon pasta (mafaldine) with spicy meatballs, tomato, basil and parmesan will make your belly the happiest it has ever been.  
  2. Marta Osteria, Rushcutters Bay | You can’t leave Marta Osteria without trying the bombolotti amatriciana: short tube pasta with tomato, pepper, chilli and pecorino. We could live off this one.
  3. Capriccio Osteria, Leichhardt | We would walk 1000 miles for this saffron cannelloni.
  4. The Sawmill, Pymble | Both GF and vegan, the Zucchini Spiral (the real impasta) is both healthy and delicious AF.
  5. Pendolino, Sydney CBD | Pendolino’s signature spaghetti dish, wild weed, is a fusion of ground barramundi, king prawns, chilli and a whole lot of spices.
  6. Gigino, Fairfield West | Gigino’s spaghetti is tossed with homemade sauce and fresh basil and it makes you feel like you’re actually eating in Italy. Good news: for all of our GF guys and gals, gluten free pasta is available too.
  7. Balla, Pyrmont | Here, your classic egg pasta has been stepped up a notch  with spanner crab, cherry tomato and, our fave, garlic.
  8. Bar Machiavelli, Rushcutters Bay | Between cocktails, order the spaghetti with prawns, Japanese pumpkin, white wine and pink peppercorns (as delish as it sounds).
  9. Lucio’s Italian Restaurant, Paddington | Lucio’s tagliolini alla granseola (fine green noodles with blue swimmer crab), is topped with the best tomato sauce we’ve had in a long, looonnngg time.
  10. Fratelli Paradiso, Potts Point | You can never go wrong with Fratelli’s bolognese Lasagnetta. It’s like Christmas came early every time.
  11. Buon Ricordo Ristorante, Paddington |Have you ever tried a fried truffle egg on top of fresh fettuccine and cream and parmesan? If you have, you have been to pasta heaven and if you haven’t, you will. And wait for it… it’s tossed at the table.
  12. Casoni, Darlinghurst | If you’ve eaten their pumpkin ravioli more times than you can count, order it anyway. 

casoni pasta

  1. 10 William Street, Paddington | If you’ve ever wanted to try chicken and duck ragù, this is the way to do it. 
  2. A Tavola, Bondi | With the pasta being made RIGHT in front of you, A Tavola’s fusilli with tomato, basil, olives and buffalo mozzarella is sure to bring you back again and again, and again…
  3. Zona Azzurri, Alexandria | We can hear the Lasagne calling your name from here.
  4. Il Baretto, Surry Hills | Your classic spaghetti bolognese steals the spotlight at Il Baretto. Give us more. (Side note: this one is cash only—yeah, we got you)
  5. Catalina, Rose Bay | If the stunning views of Sydney Harbour and watching the sailboats drift past on the sparkling water isn’t enough for you, Catalina’s house made parsley spaghettini with fresh seafood sure will be. 
  6. Buffalo Dining Club, Sydney | Specialising in cheese, prosciutto and pasta, BDC’s gnocchi with buffalo ricotta and napolitana sauce will disappear off your plate before you can say buon appetito!
  7. Cucinetta, Woolwich | This waterfront, glass Italian restaurant boasts a range aaaaamazing traditional Italian dishes but we can say for sure there is an absolute winner. Beetroot and goats curd ravioli. You just wait.
  8. Bar Cycle, Walsh Bay | With a fabulous menu and even better service, Bar Cycle’s penne arrabbiata is an explosion of Napoli sugo and chilli.
  9. Bert’s Bar and Brasserie, Newport | Lobster pasta is everything, served in an actual lobster no less. If we had to choose a last meal, this might just be it.
  10. Barbetta, Paddington | Offering both colazione (breakfast) and pranzo (lunch), Barbetta’s simple, but so dang good spaghetti aglio e olio, is a garlic, oil and chilli-infused Italian classic.
  11. Vizio Caffè e Cucina, Woolloomooloo | Originally chosen for the glam name of the dish (from where we’d rather be), Vizio’s gnocco Amalfi Coast, proved to be a whole lot more than just gnocchi with tomato, capers, olives and lemon pangrattato.
  12. Chester White Cured Diner, Potts Point | Spaghetti, parsley and black truffles all served out of a Sardinian truffled pecorino cheese wheel. Like music to our ears.

chester white pasta

  1. The Italian Bowl, Newtown | Bacon + mushroom + shallots + cream = boscaiola. Yesss please.
  2. Moretti, Leichardt | Located in ‘Little Italy’, Moretti’s gnocchi bolognese is bound to make you shed little Italian tears of joy. 
  3. Mark and Vinny’s, Surry Hills | Vegan carbonara. We’ll take five.
  4. Grano, Wetherill Park | Grano’s prosciutto and ricotta-topped fettuccine with spinach and mushrooms has us praying to the pasta gods for more. It’s that damn good.
  5. Intermezzo Ristorante, Sydney | All pasta dishes are freshly cooked to every single order making the Pappardelle with mushrooms, fresh ricotta and black truffle that much better. 
  6. Rosso Pomodoro, Balmain | Penne with tomato, ricotta, baby spinach and shaved parmesan—simple but so effective.
  7. Big Mama’s, Woollahra | It has to be the misto di pasta at this traditional trattoria. You can choose three pastas (the pumpkin ravioli is a must) and it’ll come with lobster too. 
  8. La Rosa The Strand, Sydney CBD | Pistachios in pasta? Yep, this spaghettoni makes it an actual thing.
  9. La Favola, Newtown | One of the most traditional Italian dishes is the Norma. La Favola’s Norma, with eggplant, ricotta, roma tomatoes, basil and garlic guarantees that you will be rolling out the door.
  10. La Disfida, Haberfield | Every day is a different day at La Disfida. The Pasta del giorno (pasta of the day) is the only thing that will never ever let you down.
  11. Pilu at Freshwater, Freshwater | Listen to this one: ravioli filled with ricotta, mozzarella, grapefruit, sea urchin and salmon roe. ‘Nuff said.
  12. Mantecato, Balmain | This place’s specialty is risotto, so guess what you should order? Yep, risotto. 
  13. Sagra, Darlinghurst | If happiness was a plate of pasta, the tagliatelle with broad beans, pancetta and mint at Sagra would be it. 

Meanwhile, these are our favourite Italian restaurants in Sydney.

Image credit: Zona Azzurri, Two Chaps, Chester White | Caitlin Hicks, Casoni. | Jacs Powell

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