Where to find the best pasta in Brisbane | Gourmand and Gourmet

Where to find the best pasta in Brisbane

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Getting past the ‘impastas’ of the food scene, we’ve been on the hunt to find the pasta masters of Brisbane – the authentic Italian restaurants who spend hours in the kitchen making the classic carby feed we all love from scratch. So when it comes to delicate strands of spaghetti, generously packed parcels of ravioli, or tender grains of risotto, we just have to ‘tagliatelle’ you our favourite pasta joints from around town. If we are ‘spaghetting’ any of your favourites, be sure to let us know! Bar Alto | New Farm Tucked into the iconic Brisbane Powerhouse, Bar Alto has diners with a ‘pennechant’ for regional Italian cuisine coming from far and wide. With monthly special dedicated to different regions in Italy, there’s always something new to choose from, but our all time favourite is the Venetian crespelle filled with ricotta, pumpkin and sage butter. Popolo | South Bank Having been out on the forefront of shared dining in the South Bank precinct (never mind the rest of Brisbane), Popolo has always served up mouthwatering pastas in the traditional way – to share among friends. However we think you may be ‘cheddar’ off alone with the gnocchi di ricotta with Italian sausage, red onion jam and pumpkin puree. It’s just way too good to let anyone else have a single bite! italianrestaurantbrisbane1Pane e Vino | Brisbane CBD Getting your pasta fix in the city is less convenience and more after work luxury at Pane e Vino. Their polenta e tavola is nothing short of legendary, with a bed of soft, cheesy polenty topped with tender pork sausage and a sprinkling of even more cheese, just for good measure. Sheer Italian bliss – and then some. Spaghetti House | South Bank Former veterans of the West End dining scene, Spaghetti House has migrated to South Bank, and taken their tasty Italian eats with them. The trattoria dishes up meals to be shared over a good vino and good company, but you won’t need too many glasses of wine to be falling head over heels for the clam loaded spaghetti vongole with plenty of chilli, garlic, wine and parsley. Gusto da Gianni | Hamilton Bursting with Italian atmosphere and an uninterrupted view of the Brisbane River, Gusto da Gianni’s spreads the ‘gouda’ vibes with a flamboyant edge to Italian dining. Staple comfort foods like the bucatini with homemade meatballs and tomato and basil sauce will be enjoyed with gusto (see what we did there?), while the cheesy ravioli pasta filled with ricotta and spinach will make you forget your table manners in favour of demolition-style dining. pasta italian restaurant brisbane beccofino Beccofino | Teneriffe We ‘curd’ it though the grapevine that Beccofino’s buffalo milk mozzarella is the next best thing since sliced bread and best enjoyed in their orecchiette ai funghi. The atmosphere of Beccofino’s is improved only with a nice drop from their impressive wine list, though takeaway pasta with your favourite clearskin is perfectly acceptable too. The Rustic Olive | Redcliffe A family run restaurant, The Rustic Olive has been a crowd favourite for more than 10 years, with diners travelling across the city experience north Brisbane’s finest Italian.  Avoid the rookie error and book a table as they fill up quick, however if you do forget to book, their spinach and ricotta cannelloni is completely worth the wait. Coppa Spuntino | Brisbane CBD Hailing from the duo behind Public and Red Hook, Coppa doubles as an authentic pizzeria and charcuterie bar, bringing sleek Italian dining to the hustle and bustle of the city. Keeping things simple with a small and no fuss menu, the gnocchi with kale, walnut and truffle is a stand out, if you can get past the pizza list. And just remember to always pair your pasta with a starter of antipasto, because then the calories cancel each other out, right? Words by Sheldon Hitaiki