Between your local pizza joint and the cute 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 pasta, the possibilities are endless.
Load up on a fresh seafood linguine, go hard on a slow-cooked melt-in-your-mouth kind lamb ragu or really treat your tastebuds to a DIY pasta bar.
Here are 14 of the best spots to load up on pasta in Sydney.
Flour Eggs Water
Tramsheds & Surry Hills
Starting off in humble beginnings at the ever-popular Tramsheds, Flour Eggs Water has a second outpost in the delicious precinct you know as Surry Hills. This pasta bar (brought to you by the brains behind A Tavola) has a seasonal menu and has seven to eight handmade pastas on the bill at one time. When the cold weather really hits, you’ll want to carb load on the gnocchi made up of porcini, shimeji and king brown mushrooms, truffle sage and pecorino.
Chester White Cured Diner
The Chester White Cured Diner’s signature dish is its truffle cacio e pepe. Think a salty and peppery pasta mixed with black truffles and parsley in a Sardinian truffled pecorino cheese wheel. Take a moment to wipe that drool away.
All you need to know about the Two Chaps is that they host a pasta night every Thursday and Friday. The dishes here are all made from seasonal ingredients so no week is ever the same plus, there’s house-made gluten-free and vegan pasta on the dock here too. Most dishes here are made for sharing but one bowl of goodness you’ll want to down is the ravioli packed with broccoli, buffalo ricotta, egg yolk and burnt butter.
Fratelli & Co
Fratelli & Co is a hidden gem in Concord and their antipasto shareboard is enough to feed a small army on bread, cheese and cold meats alone. But on the pasta side, their paccheri con guanciale di manzo al chianti is the one to travel for. Think tube pasta with chianti and braised beef cheek, if that doesn’t grab your attention we don’t know what will.
Buffalo Dining Club
Quickly rising in fame due to its drool-worthy cheese wheel, the Buffalo Dining Club is a small habitant of Darlinghurst’s bustling foodie scene. Their traditional cacio e pepe is served up in a pecorino wheel drenched in salt, pepper, olive oil and parsley.
The brand-new Merivale joint Totti’s is making waves in Bondi for all the right reasons. The menu here has a no-frills approach to the good stuff. Fill yourself with the fettuccine doused in a slow-cooked tomato sauce and stracciatella.
The Italian Bowl
DIY pasta, that’s the gist at The Italian Bowl. Choose from their mega long list of pastas, from fettuccine to linguine or ravioli to tortellini and then good luck narrowing down a sauce. You’ve got options here so choose wisely (however, you can’t really go wrong).
A heavy hitter that’s on the North Shore is Grolla. This lengthy menu has some epic dishes, but what stood out was the bucatini guanciale carbonara. Cooked with smoked pork cheek, pancetta, egg, cream and parmesan, our taste buds are tingling.
Located a little further out of the city, Grano is a little diamond in the rough and has enough charm to win you over before you’ve even sat down. A must-order on this menu is the tortellini mudica, mixed with smoked speck, cream, shallots, mushrooms, crusted breadcrumbs and grana Padano while served in a puff pastry bowl.
One of the gems in Sydney’s little Italy has the taste of Italy flowing through its veins. Moretti’s is insanely busy but the true menu stand-out is their namesake pasta. The fettucine Moretti is made with Australian prawns, mushrooms, napoletana and a touch of cream and yes, it’s worthy of all your love.
For that love-at-first-bite feeling Alberto’s Lounge has brought it with every single meal. Their paccheri alla Bolognese is hitting us with the whole spiel of milk-braised pork and veal ragu with parmesan. Obviously a heavy-hitter in the Italian community, make your way down for this feed.
Every single week is something different so you’ve got to try Marta over and over again. Just so you know what to expect, you’ll get a true taste of Roma in your meal. But for starters hit up their gnocchi fritti, with pecorino and black pepper.
10 William Street
10 William Street is home to house-made intense flavours and crave-worthy dishes. Sling out the plate of chitarra spaghetti with cacio e pepe and an egg yolk. This trending dish is obviously big on everyone’s minds and these folks do it justice.
Starting your meal off with a baloney sandwich won’t give you the full ACME experience. Hit a homerun by ordering up the macaroni with pig’s head and an egg yolk topped off. It’ll definitely get rid of your cool winter blues.
Meanwhile, here is a guide to all things Italian here in Sydney.
Image credit: Chester White Cured Diner