- Food & Booze
Get saucy with Brisbane's best pasta dishes
We know, we know… nothing compares to your nonna’s spaghetti Bolognese!
Sometimes, though, you just need to dive into a big ol’ bowl of steamy carbs. Whether you’re into short and saucy or long and meaty, we’ve collated Brisbane’s best pasta dishes that are guaranteed to send you back to the deliciously different regions of Italy.
1889 Enoteca | Woolloongabba
Enoteca’s been dishing up some of the best pasta in town for eleven years, and their gnocchi with pork and fennel sausage, truffle tapenade, and Parmigiano Reggiano is a must-try Brisbane dish! Pair it with a glass from the unique wine list, which heavily features vini naturali (that’s natural wines, amore).
Ripiena | Fortitude Valley
Finally you can have your pasta and eat it too! This neat little pasta lab run by some dedicated Italian ex-pats rolls out some of the best dough in town, ready for you to cook at home (sorry, what’s that?), or eat in store! Our pick? The tortelloni filled with pork loin, prosciutto di Parma, mortadella, and Parmigiano Reggiana, served in a butter and sage sauce (with more Parm, obvs).
Beccofino and Julius | Teneriffe and South Brisbane
Veni, vidi, vici, vino… these Teneriffe and Fish Lane staples by the same team deliver the most consistently delicious Italian food in town. While the daily specials are always hard to skip, we can’t look pasta the everlasting pappardelle with duck and tomato ragu.
La Lupa | West End
If cheese is your kind of business, then this team means business! We reckon their classic cacio e pepe is the best in town, with strong, tangy pecorino, glorious chunks of cracked pepper, and the perfect al dente tagliolini. Mama mia, Lupa’s got it.
Spaghetti House | South Bank
Spaghetti House serves trattoria dishes made to be shared, and their pasta (made locally in West End at CJ’s Pasta, where there’s also a sneaky supper club) is no exception. As much as we love the idea of a tall, dark, Italian gentleman, the olio al tartufo e formaggio rigatone will also do; an oven-baked macaroni and cheese with truffle, cream, and parmesan. Woah.
Otto | CBD
This Sydney import plates up some classically-inspired, contemporary takes on great Italian food, and their signature dish is as impressive as their sweeping views; succulent Moreton Bay blue swimmer crab and mascarpone-filled ravioli with black garlic crema makes for a good time, every time (especially when paired with a glass from their award-winning wine list).
Bar Alto | New Farm
Tucked into the iconic Brisbane Powerhouse, Bar Alto’s Moreton Bay bug-filled bottoni with stracchino, saffron brodo, and black pangrattato is a seafood-y delight that goes perfectly with the river views (and a crisp glass of white).
Gusto da Gianni | Hamilton
Bursting with Italian atmosphere, an uninterrupted view of the Brisbane River, and one of the largest menus you’ll ever lay eyes on, Gusto da Gianni spreads the gouda vibes and so much more. Once you make it through the tome of options, lay your eyes on the lasagnetta classica – pretty much the perfect take on a staple, if you ask us.
Popolo | South Bank
Speaking of river views, it’d be a macaroh-no to exclude River Quay Green’s Popolo. If stuffing yourself with veal and pork meatballs and prosciutto-topped pizza is on the agenda, check out the orecchiette with creamed broccoli, chilli, fried kale and ricotta salata for a veggie-filled pasta break from all that meat.
Because life’s too short for soggy pasta.