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The Best Pasta in Sydney for an Italian Comfort Food Fix

As one of the most popular cuisines in the world – and indeed Australia – a mouth-watering bite of penne or a steaming hot bowl of pappardelle is not hard to find. Whether you’re in the mood for award-winning pasta purveyors or romantic spaghetti by candlelight a-la Lady and the Tramp, we’ve got something for every tastebud with our selection of Sydney’s finest. Here's our pick of the best pasta bowls in town, guaranteed to curb your hunger cravings.

Capriccio Osteria & Bar

With the kitchen run by former Lucio’s Head Chef Nicole Bampton, Capriccio Osteria & Bar is known for their fresh, homemade focaccia and pasta. This modern Italian eatery is warm and inviting, and the menu is designed to be shared. The pasta offering is filled with delectable dishes, from the roast pumpkin and ricotta ravioli to the squid ink spaghetti with blue swimmer crab.

159 Norton Street, Leichhardt

Fratelli Paradiso

Meaning brothers in Italian, Fratelli Paradiso has the friendly ambience and charisma of a true Italian brotherhood, made all the more authentic by the delicious Italian fare on offer. The brothers are usually front-of-house and whether you come for an early morning ricotta Danish or a pasta-laden feast of ragu tagliatelle and scampi spaghetti, their menu is delicious and as charming as the service.

12-16 Challis Avenue, Potts Point

Acme

Once you have reached the blue storefront, you have reached ACME. This hip eatery has carved out a niche thanks to its cool vibe and creative menu that serves up dishes Italian in origin, but Asian in flair. As far as pasta, the macaroni with pigs head and egg yolk, along with the fusilli with silverbeet and pecorino are worth a try.

60 Bayswater Road, Rushcutters Bay 

OTTO Ristorante

Sitting pretty on the Woolloomooloo finger wharf, OTTO Ristorante serves up a blend of modern Italian flavours with fresh, local produce. For the ultimate experience call ahead to ask for a table on the outdoor terrace, and order the saffron linguine with Moreton Bay bugs, cherry tomatoes, basil and lemon oil, with a glass of pinot grigio.

8/6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo 

Jamie's Italian

When 5pm rolls around, professionals pour out of their offices to enjoy a bite at Jamie’s Italian, the celebrity chef’s laid-back Italian chain. If you're looking for an indulgent bowl of freshly made pasta, the truffle tagliatelle with silky black trufe butter, parmesan, nutmeg and shaved black trufe will definitely satisfy your cravings.

107 Pitt Street, Sydney CBD

Fratelli Fresh

Fine Italian and casual dining do come hand in hand and for that, there is no better local eatery than Fratelli Fresh. The orecchiette with pork and fennel sausage, broccolini, garlic and chilli is exceptional. Here, pasta is best served with an Aperol. For those who are carb-conscious, swap your pasta for zoodles (aka zucchini noodles).

Alexandria, Crows Nest, Darling Harbour, Entertainment Quarter, Sydney CBD (Bridge Street & Macquarie Street), Walsh Bay and Westfield CBD

Sitchu tip: All eight Fratelli restaurants across Sydney are treating guests to $10 pasta dishes for World Pasta Day. From linguine and spaghetti to orecchiette and gnocchi, diners can choose from any pasta dish on the menu for $10 at any of their Sydney locations on Thursday 25th October.

Flour Eggs Water

Opened by the team behind A Tavola, Flour Eggs Water is dedicated to the art of pasta. Taking it back to basics and making the most of the best produce available, the menu is curated daily with seven to eight different pasta dishes selected for inclusion. Here, they make everything the authentic way and you can taste the difference. Our advice. Come hungry.

Surry Hills and Tramsheds

10 William Street

At first glance, 10 William Street masquerades as a raucous hole-in-the-wall bar, but really, it's a tasteful mix of wine bar-cum-restaurant. While dining is a tight squeeze, the atmosphere of tipsy diners and friendly staff is more than entertaining. You’ll find sumptuous Italian dishes from talented young chefs who aren’t afraid to mix in a few ingredients from Japan and China.   

10 William Street, Paddington


Buffalo Dining Club

Those with a penchant for cheese-laden pasta need to head straight to Buffalo Dining Club. As its name suggests, the restaurant is all about buffalo cheese and they have grown popular for their huge pecorino cheese wheel, which doubles as a pasta bowl for the cacio e pepe. Then there's the gnocchi. Deliciously teamed with buffalo ricotta and napolitana sauce, it will have you salivating at first sight.

116 Surrey Street, Darlinghurst

Pilu At Freshwater

As the only authentic Sardinian restaurant in Sydney, Pilu at Freshwater certainly has a reputation to uphold, and Chef Giovanni Pilu and his wife Marilyn Annecchinni, never disappoint. Aside from the mouth-watering menu, which includes degustation’s and an impressive wine list, Pilu’s panoramic view of Freshwater Beach alone is worth booking a table for.

Moore Roafd Freshwater

A Tavola

Homey and chic, this pasta haven does exactly what its name suggests, A Tavola ‘to the table’. Their philosophy is all about fresh ingredients, and by that we mean handmade a few minutes before it lands on your table. The house menu is where you’ll find reliable staples such as spaghetti alle cozze, and the daily specials board is where you’ll find the latest creations.

Bondi and Darlinghurst

Rosetta

This one hatted restaurant in the CBD boasts a curated menu of innovative Italian dishes, designed either to share or individually devour. Rosetta’s 11 dish pasta menu provides a healthy array of classics and new favourites with the bolognese ragu fettuccine and spanner crab tagliolini must-try’s! It goes without saying, all their dishes should be enjoyed with a quality vino or aperitif.

118 Harrington Street, The Rocks

Sitchu tip:On World Pasta Day (Thursday 25th October) there will be three exclusive pasta dishes available. Maccheroncini all’Amatriciana is a delicate macaroni pasta served in a rich sauce of pork cheek, tomatoes, white wine, pepper, pecorino and chilli. Spaghetti alla Norma features house-made spaghetti in a traditional Sicilian sauce of eggplant, tomato and basil, topped with ricotta salata. Fregola Sarda, the Sicilian version of cous cous, is served in a broth of mussels, tomato, white wine, saffron, garlic, chilli and basil. 

Sagra Restaurant

Pomp and circumstance are checked at the door when dining at Sagra in Darlinghurst. Dining is probably too strong a word to refer to Sagra’s unpretentious and totally delicious menu, which looks and tastes as if it’s right out of Nonna's kitchen. Head chef Nigel Ward keeps diners coming with a new menu every week that includes handmade pasta, fresh seafood and moreish butter sauces.

65 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst

Buon Ricordo

If restaurants could be heritage-listed, we’re certain Buon Ricordo would be first on the list. Meaning good memory in Italian, Buon Ricordo is a staple on the Sydney Italian dining scene. Naples native and head chef, Armando Percuoco has been cooking since the age of 14, and it shows. His menu is reliable (think fettuccine al tartufovo and spanner crab tagliatelle) and the exuberantly Italian artwork and decor will make your night out all the more authentic.

108 Boundary Street, Paddington

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