The Best Pasta in Sydney | Taste the Regions of Italy
If you’re searching for the best pasta in Sydney, then you’re in the right place. We’ve chosen our favourite Italian restaurants in the city who are doing all the right things with flour eggs and water to create authentic pasta dishes that reflect real Italian cooking!
Yet, we should note that Italian food is too diverse to group into one cuisine. Italy’s 20 regions each offer something unique, from speciality dishes to distinct gourmet ingredients.
The same truth applies towards pasta. You can feast on seafood varieties in Sicily and Campania, twirl your fork around iconic Roman cacio e pepe and indulge in rich ragù from Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna. But despite such differences, our chosen pasta spots all share one thing – a passion for artisan food.
From neighbourhood eateries making fresh pasta, to hatted restaurants with an upmarket approach perfect for those Valentine's Day dinner dates, take a look and start planning your next night out with Sydney’s finest carbs.
The 14 Best Pasta Joints in Sydney
Pasta Italia Cucina
Go for rigatoni Norcino with mushrooms and truffle paste, typical of Umbria
Pasta Italia Cucina offers an enormous range of award-winning fresh pasta, handmade every day in house. Offering a larger range than any other restaurant on our list, this Casula eatery is definitely worth the a visit. The team believes in seasonal ingredients and the integrity of simple recipes – rustic Italian cooking at its most traditional.
Pasta from $20__12a/633-639 Hume Highway, Casula, Sydney 2170Book a table
Go for hand-cut pappardelle lamb ragu, typical of Abruzzo
Big Poppa’s is a modern restaurant in Darlinghurst that loves artisan pasta, cheese and cocktails. That combo is enough to win us over immediately. High-quality ingredients takes centre stage, especially in the cheese department. Ordering some is a must!
Pasta from $26__96 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney 2010Book a table
Go for clam spaghetti with white wine, typical of Campania
A café, bar, bistro and restaurant all rolled into one, Caffé Bartolo is an all-day eatery serving authentic Italian cuisine. The classy decor and atmosphere make dining at this restaurant a delight, especially when you pair pasta with an aperitif or two.
Pasta from $25__353-355 Crown Street, Surry Hills, Sydney 2010Book a table
Go for crab malloreddus, typical of Sardinia
The love affair with Southern Italian food is loud and clear at CicciaBella, a neighbourhood restaurant tucked away in the streets of Bondi. Adored by locals, it’s the place where hungry Sydney go in large or small numbers to feast on luxe Italian fare – thanks to the way the space accommodates long banquet seating, intimate tables, bar seating and even features a special chef’s table. Unique and modern ideas have shaped the menu and each dish carefully considers the health and wellbeing of diners. Not only is the pasta here good, but there’s a rad curated playlist bound to get you grooving in your seat.
Pasta from $23__75-79 Hall Street, Bondi Beach, Sydney 2026
Go for tonnarelli with pecorino and pepper, typical of Lazio
MARTA is a passionate cucina that combines traditional Roman recipes with the quality of Australian produce. Hoping to transport Sydney locals to the streets of Rome, all dishes are full of flavour thanks to their skillful and produce-driven cooking.
Pasta from $25__30 McLachlan Avenue, Rushcutters Bay, Sydney 2010
Chiosco by Ormeggio
Go for allo scoglio pasta with seafood, typical of Campania
Following a motto of BYO and barefoot-friendly, Chiosco By Ormeggio is making the most of its seaside location. The atmosphere is laid back, the service relaxed (but attentive) and the menu features ingredients sourced from the ocean.
Pasta from $24__D’Albora Marinas, Spit Road, Mosman, Sydney 2088
Go for wild boar pappardelle, typical of Tuscany
Taking a focus on cuisine from Italy’s northern regions, Via Alta offers a hearty menu from a modern restaurant space in North Willoughby. Staying true to Italian-style eating, food is designed to be shared and customers are encouraged to feast over rustic dishes and an excellent wine list.
Pasta from $24__197 High Street, North Willoughby, Sydney 2068Book a table
Go for artisan pasta like venison ragu or chickpea spaghetti
Baccomatto Osteria is a bustling neighbourhood restaurant dedicated to creative Italian cooking, high-quality ingredients imported from Italy and curated wines. When you combine gourmet flavours with an approachable dining atmosphere, it’s little wonder why Baccomatto ranked in Quandoo’s Top Restaurants in Australia for 2018.
Pasta from $30__212 Riley Street, Surry Hills, Sydney 2010Book a table
Go for the renowned lasagnetta Bolognese, typical of Bologna
The name doesn’t lie. This Potts Point restaurant is a true pasta lover’s paradise. Since opening in 2001, Fratelli Paradiso has been hooking the neighbourhood up with a true slice of the Mediterranean. For an ambient al fresco experience, opt for a table on the street and dine on the famous lasagna, imported Italian wines and a terrifically boozy tiramisu to end.
Pasta from $26__12-16 Challis Ave, Potts Point, Sydney 2011
Go for corzetti, a decorative pasta typical of Liguria
Fusing the best of Italian and Australian cuisines, Capriccio offers small and large dishes that are designed for sharing. But when it comes to their fresh handmade pasta, chances are you won’t want to share your dish with anyone! The food is deliciously creative with modern twists throughout the menu.
Pasta from $29__159 Norton Street, Leichhardt, Sydney 2040
Go for broccolini orecchiette with anchovy, typical of Puglia
Another Sydney hatted restaurant on our list, Rosetta Trattoria has a bright and inviting dining space in the CBD that breathes easy living. The vibe is perfect for whiling away an afternoon or evening drinking spritzes and Italian wine, all while digging into decadent and authentic housemade pasta.
Pasta from $27__118 Harrington Street, The Rocks, CBD, Sydney 2000
Go for something new every week, like agnolotti in a duck broth with truffles
Ragazzi is a wine and pasta joint that lives up to its effortlessly cool persona. Scott McComas-Williams is the pasta master in the kitchen, working with flour every day to deliver fresh pasta dishes that are truly unique while respecting traditional recipes from the motherland. There’s classics like cacio e pepe and then there’s extraordinary creations that sing of Sydney’s abundant coastline – like tonnarelli with blue swimmer crab and caviar.
Pasta from $21__1 Angel Place, CBD, Sydney 2000
Go for dried and fresh pasta, typical of Abruzzo
A Tavola is serving some of the most authentic pasta in Sydney and the creativity of the chef and owner, Eugenio Maiale seems to be endless. The menu at both of these sophisticated eateries – in Darlinghurst and Bondi – constantly changes, with three pastas always available. Returning to A Tavola again and again to see what’s new is a must, but with pasta this good we have no complaints.
Mark + Vinny’s Spaghetti & Spritz
Go for vegan pasta, typical of Sydney millennials
Vegans in the mood for pasta can delight themselves at Mark + Vinny’s. This Surry Hills hotspot is among the growing number of Sydney vegan restaurants catering to plant-based appetites. Expect beetroot spaghetti, charcoal bucatini and vegetable lasagne. Did we mention they offer over 20 types of spritzes, too?
Pasta from $26__38-52 Waterloo Street, Surry Hills, Sydney 2010Book a table