Winter means three things: soup, pasta, and cuddles. You'll probably have to source your own cuddles, but we can help you find the first two! Since we have soups covered, here is our selection of the best pasta in Sydney, so good you won't think twice about the carb count.
Behold, our picks for Sydney's best pasta.
Buffalo Dining Club | Darlinghurst
Buffalo is their name, and mozzarella is their game…Buffalo Dining Club import their mozzarella—Mozzarella di Bufala Campana, to be precise—from Naples two or three times a week, so you know they're serious about what they do. The perfect pasta dish is also arguably the simplest, and Buffalo Dining Club do it better than most: the spaghetti cacio e pepe (spaghetti with cheese and pepper) is served to you from a giant cheese wheel. Good Italian doesn't get much better than that.
Fratelli Paradiso | Potts Point
Fratelli Paradiso has become an iconic local favourite, among those looking for the best Italian in Sydney, with their appealing blend of house-made pasta, plentiful breakfast options, and charming wait staff. We're drawn to their lamb ragu tagliatelle with melt-in-your-mouth lamb, pasta cooked al dente, and sautéed breadcrumbs that add that extra kick to the dish.
Berta | CBD
For Berta and its patrons, the best day of the week is not Friday or Saturday but Tuesday. Tuesdays play host to 'Sagra' – or 'festival' – dinners between 6pm to 8pm, during which they only serve four-course meals that focus on one seasonal ingredient. This means that their menu is changing constantly and a particular standout pasta dish is difficult to pin down… So just go ahead and pick one at random when you're there. We guarantee it will be awesome.
A Tavola | Darlinghurst
Italians never stinge on hospitality, and A Tavola is certainly no exception. The name literally beckons (A Tavola means, 'to the table'), as does their daily specials board which, like Berta, fluctuates with the seasons. Don't be intimidated by the specials board, which is written almost exclusively in Italian, the wait staff know their stuff back to front and are always happy to help you choose the perfect pasta.
Balla | Pyrmont
Pyrmont's Balla is not so much a restaurant as it is an experience: floor-length glass windows that frame a picturesque scene of palm trees and glittering waterfront views promise an ambient dining affair. This one is for the carnivores as much as the vegetarians – Balla's cannelloni alle melanzane is a delicious marriage of ricotta and eggplant, topped with grated Parmesan.
Otto Ristorante | Woolloomooloo
Otto Ristorante represents the higher standard of Italian fine dining expected in Sydney and certainly deserves its spot on our list of the best pasta in Sydney. Our choice is the Strozzapreti (twisted pasta, king prawns, garlic, chilli, and black olives in a tomato and calamari sauce) or the Tagliolini (black and white long pasta, scampi, cherry tomatoes, garlic, chilli, shellfish stock and basil)—a dish that's as much for the eyes as it is for the stomach.
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